The Bethany Oratorio Society

The chorus for the performances of Bach and Handel is uniquely different in that community members, college students, and faculty join together to form the Bethany Oratorio Society. The chorus itself is rich in history. Mothers, daughters, fathers, and sons have made singing in the Messiah a tradition that lives on through the generations. Some members have been participating for over 50 years. This strong tradition is reflected in Lindsborg and Bethany College.


Bethany Oratorio Society Rehearsal Information

Rehearsals for 2021 will be greatly reduced to facilitate social distancing.  All singers for 2021 will be provided with a special singing mask.  If you would like to make a donation to help cover the costs of masks, which are $35 each, please speak with your section secretary.  Please reach out to Messiah Festival Coordinator Anne Hassler Heidel hasslerheidelas@bethanylb.edu for more information about the rehearsal schedule or about joining the Oratorio Society.

2021 rehearsals for Handel’s Messiah will be as follows:

New singers are invited to an introductory rehearsal on Sunday, February 14th at 3pm in Presser Hall Auditorium!

Sunday, February 21st at 3pm: Sopranos Only Sectional in Presser Hall Auditorium

Sunday, February 28th at 3pm: Altos Only Sectional in Presser Hall Auditorium

Sunday, March 7th at 3pm: Tenors Only Sectional in Presser Hall Auditorium

Sunday, March 14th at 3pm: Basses Only Sectional in Presser Hall Auditorium

Sunday, March 21st at 3pm: Dress Rehearsal featuring Student Soloists in Presser Hall Auditorium

2021 rehearsals for the special Palm Sunday “Celebrating Women” Event will be as follows:

Sunday, February 21st from 4:45pm – 5:15pm (After Messiah Rehearsal): Sopranos Only Sectional in Presser Hall Auditorium

Sunday, February 28th from 4:45pm – 5:15pm (After Messiah Rehearsal): Altos Only Sectional in Presser Hall Auditorium

Sunday, March 7th from 4:45pm – 5:15pm: Full Rehearsal in Presser Hall Auditorium

Sunday, March 14th from 4:45pm – 5:15pm: Full Rehearsal in Presser Hall Auditorium

Sunday, March 21st after Messiah Dress Rehearsal: Full Rehearsal in Presser Hall Auditorium

Tuesday, March 23rd TIME TO BE ANNOUNCED: Dress Rehearsal in Presser Hall Auditorium