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Paula Holmberg, Director of Choral Activities

Bethel Choir

The Bethel Choir is a mixed choir of 60–70 auditioned voices and is Bethel’s flagship choral organization. The choir performs a wide variety of sacred and secular repertoire and participates in all of Bethel’s major festivals, touring annually throughout the United States and every fourth year overseas. The choir is comprised predominantly of upperclass students and has represented Bethel at home and abroad with high reviews for nearly 70 years.

Women’s Choir

The Bethel Women’s Choir is an ensemble singing repertoire written especially for treble voices. The choir performs in Chapel and Vespers, local and outreach concerts, and participates in Family Weekend, Festival of Christmas, and Classics in the Great Hall events as part of the Festival Choir.

Men's Choir

The Bethel Men's Choir is an ensemble that performs music from the historical glee club tradition and repertoire composed especially for male chorus. The choir performs in Chapel and Vespers, local and outreach concerts, and participates in Family Weekend, Festival of Christmas, and Classics in the Great Hall events as part of the Festival Choir.

Contemporary Vocal Ensemble

The Contemporary Vocal Ensemble(s) is a small, select vocal group that focuses on a variety of repertoire including contemporary a cappella and vocal jazz. This ensemble(s) performs at local and outreach events as well as choral department events.

Chapel Choir

The Chapel Choir is open to the entire Bethel community. It is a non-auditioned and non-credit mixed choral ensemble that performs contemporary Christian, Gospel, and traditional hymnody as part of Chapel and Vespers.

Festival Choir

The Bethel Festival Choir includes members of the Bethel Choir, Bethel Women’s Choir, and Bethel Men’s Choir. The Festival Choir performs major choral works combined with the Festival Orchestra at the annual Festival of Christmas and Classics in the Great Hall concerts.

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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