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Music Opportunities for All Majors

Music at Bethel is open to all students—no matter what your major. Join us!

Perks for Bethel Musicians

  • Perform in the marvelous acoustics of the Benson Great Hall, one of the best performance facilities in the Twin Cities.
  • Participate in all major musical festivals, including Festival of Christmas and the Classics in the Great Hall concert.
  • Some music groups tour annually. You might have the opportunity to see the country and even travel overseas.
  • Get discounted or free tickets to Bethel music group performances and priority ticketing for Festival of Christmas, Jazz in the Great Hall, and the Classics in the Great Hall concerts.

Q: Can I play and sing?

A: In some cases...

  • The Bethel Choir rehearses at the same time as the Wind Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, so double participation is considered only on an individual basis.
  • The rehearsal schedule allows wind players to participate in both the Wind Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, and/or Philharmonic Community Orchestra.
  • It’s possible to participate in a jazz or chamber ensemble and a major performing group—even on a different instrument. 

Rehearsal Schedules

Bethel Choir
Monday & Wednesday: 4:10-5:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 3:50-5:30 p.m.

Women’s Choir
Tuesday & Thursday: 3:50-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 4:10-5:30 p.m.

Men's Choir
Wednesday: 4:10-5:30 p.m.

Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
Rehearsals TBA

Festival Choir (all auditioned choirs)
Wednesday, 4:10-5:30 p.m.

Wind Symphony
Monday: 4:10-5:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 3:50-5:30 p.m. 

Chamber Orchestra
Tuesday & Thursday: 3:50-5:30 p.m. (strings)
Wednesday: 4:10-5:50 p.m. (full orchestra)

Philharmonic Community Orchestra
Monday: 7-10 p.m.

Jazz Orchestras
Tuesday & Thursday: 11:15-12:05 p.m. (11:15 Jazz Orchestra)
Tuesday & Thursday: 5:40-6:50 p.m. (5:40 Jazz Orchestra)

Handbell Ensemble
Tuesday: 6:15-8 p.m.

Audition Information

Schedule a placement audition during Welcome Week for any of the major groups. 

For choral groups: Sign up for a choral audition time online. Bring an art song (contest-type) excerpt or a hymn, limited to 1.5 minutes in length, for your audition. Tonal memory and sight reading will also be assessed. An independent personal warm-up before your audition is required. Accompaniment will be provided.

For instrumental groups: Sign up for a band audition time or orchestra audition time online. Bring something to play such as an etude or prepared “contest type” piece for your audition(s). Scales and sight-reading will also be included.

For chamber winds and chamber ensembles, contact the Department of Music about placement procedures for the smaller ensembles. Stop by the music office in CC301 or email

Music Features

Concerts & Performing Arts Events

View the schedule of upcoming performing and visual arts events at Bethel.

Bethel Music Recordings

Visit the online store to purchase recordings of Bethel University Festival of Christmas, Bethel Choir, Wind Symphony, and Jazz Orchestra.

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