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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 and the Classics in the Great Hall concert.

Q: Can I play and sing?

A: It depends... and in some cases.

  • The Chapel Choir does not conflict with instrumental rehearsals.
  • The Men's and Women's Choirs do not conflict with orchestra rehearsals.
  • 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 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
Monday: 4:10-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 4:10-5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 11:15-12:05 p.m.

Men's Choir
Tuesday & Thursday: 11:15-12:05 p.m.
Wednesday: 4:10-5:30 p.m.

Chapel Choir
Tuesday & Thursday: 11:15-12:05 p.m.

Festival Choir (all choirs)
Fall: Wednesday, 4:10-5:30 p.m. & three evenings (TBD), 7-9:30 p.m.
Spring: Monday & Wednesday, 4:10-5:30 p.m. (after Spring Break) & two evenings (TBD), 7-9:30 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: 4:10-5:55 p.m. (strings & winds)

Philharmonic Orchestra
Monday: 7-10 p.m.

Jazz Orchestras
Tuesday & Thursday: 11:15-12:05 p.m. (10:20 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 or prepared “contest-type” piece or sing a hymn for your audition. Accompaniment will be provided. Tonal memory and sight-singing will also be included.

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, Chamber ensembles, and Opera Workshop, contact the Department of Music about placement procedures for the smaller ensembles. Stop by the music office in CC301 or email music@bethel.edu.

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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