Bethel College Concert Choir Summer Tour

The Bethel College Concert Choir performed seven concerts in Nebraska, South Dakota and Iowa while on tour this summer. The choir sang numbers such as Freedom Come, He Loved Me, Amen, We Are Not Ashamed, Chichester Psalms and Beethoven's Hallelujah while performing in churches. "Amen was the most exciting song to perform because it tells the whole story of Jesus Christ, from birth to death and resurrection," says Rachel Erdel, a senior with the Bethel College Concert Choir.

Bethel College Choir Director Robert N. Ham says that for the students who travel with the concert choir, the tour affords a variety of relationship-building activities in addition to ministry opportunities. While traveling, the choir traditionally hosts a Euchre tournament (for those who play) and goes bowling for laughs and fun. This summer the concert choir tour members also visited Mount Rushmore and, for the first time ever, performed at a wedding. Kendra (Miller) Blackwood, Bethel Concert Choir alum, was wed to Justin Blackwood May 6 in Clarinda, Iowa and invited the Bethel Concert Choir to perform.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associates, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,081 includes students from 29 states and Puerto Rico, 21 countries, more than 25 denominational affiliations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. Bethel offers classes at four locations: the Mishawaka campus, the Elkhart Campus and two satellite locations (in Nappanee and in Dowagiac, Mich.). The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.