Robert N. Ham, conductor
Currently the Concert Choir is almost 100 members strong. Characterized by a tradition of excellence, this talented choir has performed in the Washington National Cathedral, Carnegie Hall (twice), the Crystal Cathedral and in countless churches around the country. Open to any student by audition, the choir prepares and memorizes music from all historical periods and in many styles, ranging from classical to gospel. Local concerts are performed throughout the year and the choir tours annually throughout the United States and occasionally to other countries. Ministry and music come together in these concerts.
Jill Hostetler, director
Karen Pajor, choreographer
The Collegians, Bethel's dynamic show ensemble, has been singing and dancing for Michiana audiences since 1994. Ranging in styles from show tunes to jazz, gospel to swing, The Collegians keep an active schedule performing for service organizations, retirement communities, churches, and private parties. Each spring, The Collegians presents a full concert on campus. Auditions, held each spring, are open to all interested students.
Dr. Robert Rhein, director and accompanist
The Opera Workshop program offers students the opportunity to perform staged scenes from the standard operatic repertory. Several scenes are prepared musically and dramatically each semester. As the scenes are rehearsed, the student is taught the basics of movement for the stage. Emphasis is given to character development and other aspects of style and operatic production as they become necessary. At the end of the semester, the students will generally have an opportunity to present the scenes they have prepared, either in an operatic scene recital or some other performance venue.
Voices of Triumph
Robert N. Ham, director
This ensemble of eleven singers studies music which is exclusively a cappella. Vocal jazz, spirituals, patriotic numbers, hymn arrangements, folk songs and an occasional madrigal are all part of the repertoire this select ensemble rehearses and performs. Auditions are open to any student of sophomore status or higher and held in the spring.