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With six areas of study, music students can choose a concentration area that is right for them.
The Music Department sponsors a variety of talented vocal and instrumental ensembles. Each ensemble performs several concerts each year, both on and off campus. Participation in these ensembles enables students to develop advanced skills in musicality, balance, sensitivity, control, and independence. Our teams have traveled more than 76,000 miles in recent years, as they take the show on the road.
New: BA in Music
Music Education (K-12)
Non-majors in music courses and prescribed minors take core classes, service courses and perform.
Once our students earn a bachelor's degree, they are prepared for graduate work, if that is their desire. Grads have gone to such prestigious music schools as the Boston Conservatory, Jacobs School of Music (Indiana University) and Western Michigan University.
We have a high employment rate for our graduates, both locally and nationally. Our grads have careers as performers (orchestras, on Broadway), as band musicians, composers and recording artists. They also work in music publishing, professional theatre performance and run private studios.
From student recitals to the annual Christmas concert, our instrumental and choral groups perform year-round both on campus and at churches and other venues around the country. See our calendar.
Jared Schwartz ’04
His first album, “Gabriel Fauré; Songs for Bass Voice and Piano,” debuted at No. 7 when released in 2015. Read about him on the Bethel Blog. Read about him on the Bethel Blog.
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Michael Kendall received his B.M.E. from Wheaton College and his M.Mus. and Ph.D. from The University of Michigan.
He has worked at Spring Arbor University, Wichita State University, Augustana College, and The University of Tulsa. He is a member of MENC, IMEA, PAS and SRME. In 2007 and 2008, he was selected as a member of Who’s Who In America. He has served in various leadership roles for music educator associations around the country.
Kendall has been the timpanist and principal percussionist with the Jackson (Mich.) Symphony Orchestra for over a decade. He has published research articles in numerous educational journals
Marilynn Ham is a nationally recognized sacred concert pianist, published arranger and college professor. She is an Associate Professor of Music and Artist-in-Residence at Bethel College. Her bachelor’s degree is from Northern Michigan University and her master’s from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, with majors in piano performance.
She is the best-selling keyboard arranger for Lillenas Publishing Company. She is also published by Alfred Publishing Company and FJH Music Company. She has more than 20 books of piano solo published. She has been active as a church musician as an accompanist and singer.
From 1982-1991, Reginald Klopfenstein held the position of associate principal timpanist and percussionist of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, working with many of today’s leading conductors, including Seiji Ozawa, Andre Previn, Yehudi Menuhin, Gerard Schwarz, Andrew Litton, Joseph Silverstein and Erich Kunzel.
He holds a D.M. and M.M. from the Indiana University School of Music, and a B.M. from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. While at Indiana University he was awarded the Performer’s Certificate for outstanding musical performance in percussion. He remains active as a percussionist, performing in solo recitals, chamber music, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and the Bethel Faculty Jazz Trio. His articles on percussion performance have been published in the journal of the Percussive Arts Society.
Robert Rhein's principal specialization is piano, but with a wide variety of interests he enjoys the reputation of being a “jack-of-all-trades.” His bachelor’s degree is in mathematics (with a minor in German), while his advanced degrees (M.M. and D.M.A.) are in piano performance. He is constantly active both within Bethel College and in the area as an accompanist.
He has also been active as concert and theatre reviewer for the South Bend Tribune, has published 15 choral works, and has performed many solo recitals, all while teaching piano, music theory and history, language (both diction courses and regular modern language courses), and even algebra at Bethel College.
Vicky Tan Warkentien holds a Doctor of Music Ministry degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky. She has taught courses in conducting, piano pedagogy, music theory, sight singing and ear training, has coached chamber ensembles and conducted the Chamber Orchestra at Bethel.
Warkentien frequently collaborates with Chinese churches and seminaries in conducting church music workshop training in the United States, Canada, Australia and Asia. She is a member of National Association for Music Education, American Choral Directors Association, and Music Teachers National Association.
Jeshua Franklin is director of choral activities and assistant professor of music. He is a graduate of Bethel ('04, bachelor's), of Bowling Green State University (master's), and of the University of Washington (D.M.A. in choral conducting). He recently taught courses ranging from music appreciation to applied voice at Lincoln Trail College in Chicago and presents at music education conferences, at the state, regional and national level.
He will direct the Concert Choir and Voice of Triumph and teach applied voice.
Soprano Victoria Garrett made her New York solo debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall while still a graduate student at the Manhattan School of Music. She has appeared with the San Francisco Opera, the New York City Opera, Indiana Opera North, and other regional companies. Garrett is well known as a Christian songwriter. She and Grammy-nominated composer Buryl Red, wrote a musical entitled The 34th Christmas, which had its world premiere in 1998.
Garrett has written and/or recorded for curriculums published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston and more than a dozen national denominations. During the summer of 2001, she was invited to be a guest soloist with the Indiana University-Purdue University Festival Chorus on its tour of the Czech Republic, and Austria.