Bethany Lutheran Church

A Great Commision Congregation

Music Ministry News

(updated 4/4/17)

Dr. Carol McDaniel, Director of Worship & Music Arts (

Emily Duescher, Asst. Director of Worship & Music Arts (

Mara Widmann, Admin. Asst. to Music Ministry (


If so, here is your chance to join for just one month and see what it’s all about.  Joining the Bethany Choir for a Month of Music starts Thursday, May 4 as they begin preparing for the composer festival on June 4th.  If interested, please contact Dr. Carol McDaniel at


The Ministry of Music is offering grants to members of Bethany Lutheran Church who are involved in some area of music at Bethany.  A total of $500.00 will be awarded and applicants may request any amount up to $500.00.  Applicants must:  

  • Be at least 12 years of age.  If under 18 years old, a parent must submit application. 
  • Be involved in some area of music at Bethany Lutheran Church. 
  • Use the grant money to further his/her music education. 
  • Be taking some type of music lesson, be majoring or minoring in music at the college-level, or participating in some area of music, i.e. vocal, instrumental, or teaching.

Applications are available in the church office and are due on May 19th.  They may be turned in or mailed to the church office.  If you have any questions, you may contact Marlene Mooney. Call the church office for Marlene's contact information. 

SAVE THE DATE! Bethany’s Summer Music & Arts Camp 2017

Join us for our 5th annual summer music & arts camp (formerly called Meet the Masters Musicians -MMtM). Bethany’s Music Ministry is offering a 4-day fine arts camp for kids entering Kindergarten-7th grades during the week of June 26 - June 29. Questions? Volunteer opportunities?...please contact co-director Mara Widmann at (562) 421-4711 ext. 55 - Save the date…we can’t wait to see you! Click on the link below for registration forms; space is limited so register early:

Do you like to sing and play music?

TheWordAlive - The contemporary worship ensemble group would like to welcome those who are interested to come in and join their rehearsals to see what they do!  If you are interested in either playing an instrument, singing, or both in this worship ensemble group - contact Emily Duescher at for more information

Additional Music Ministry Information & Links:

The Bethany Choir - (formerly known as Senior Choir) rehearsals are on Thursdays from 7:30-9:30PM. This choir is open to all ages: high school, college, and adult. Kevin Bowers continues to be our faithful accompanist! Click on the link below for more Bethany Choir information and schedule.


Adult Handbell Choirs - We continue to ring praises; our rehearsals are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. In addition to Dr. Carol McDaniel's direction, we are happy to have Ellen Pratt and Dr. Mary Fink helping with this program. Click on the link below for more information regarding the Handbell Choirs.


Sound Technicians are needed.  We will happily allow you to "apprentice" with an experienced technician...and give you plenty of time to learn. Please call Dr. Carol McDaniel in the church office, (562) 421-4711, ext. 14,  if you are interested.  

Instrumentalists/Musicians/Singers - are always welcome to share their talents with us during the year. Please speak with Dr. Carol McDaniel if you have leadership ability especially with percussion, brass, string, or wind instruments. Notify the office of your current email, phone, and instruments with which you are proficient.


The Music Academy - We offer piano in grades 2-8, organ instruction in grades 7-8, percussion in grades 3-high school, and trumpet in grades 4-8. If interested in joining, we may still have room, and would be happy to pro-rate your semester tuition based on the actual number of lessons. Please speak to Mara Widmann (ext. 55) in the church office or email her at


Children's Choirs - Our children sing praise... 



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