Europe tour! read the tour blog

The melodious sounds of the Hesston College Chorale will travel east for their biennial international tour from May 14 to June 4. Under the direction of Dr. Russell Adrian and Ken Rodgers, the chorale will present a program titled “Veni, Sancte Spiritus” at churches in the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. The tour will occur during the season of Pentecost with a program based on Acts 2. Veni, Sancte Spiritus, meaning “come, Holy Spirit,” celebrates the disciples being filled with the Holy Spirit and speaking in many languages. The tour will kick off with a farewell concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 10, at Hesston Mennonite Churchlive stream available.
News release with concert itinerary, detailed daily itinerary, concert program

2023-24 Music Reunion Events

Ensembles and Tours

Music ensembles and tours - Bel Canto Singers performBel Canto Singers, Global Voices, International Chorale

Keyboard Studies

Keyboard Studies - a student performs on the college's concert SteinwayKen Rodgers teaches piano and organ

Performance Opportunities

Performance opportunities in Music - Bel Canto Singers perform with Sons of SerendipMaster classes, department and sophomore recitals, NATS vocal competitions and more

Performances and Recordings

Performances and Recordings - Bel Canto Singers music videoRecent concert programs and videos


Hesston College music facultyDr. Russell Adrian, Holly Swartzendruber, Karen Unruh and Ken Rodgers

Music Scholarships

Music Scholarships - a student rehearses during a voice lessonMusic scholarship and choir auditions, scholarship recommendation form


Music festivals at Hesston CollegeTreble Choral Festival, KSHSAA 1A State Music Festival

Music Major

Music Majors - Music Prof Russell Adrian directs Bel Canto Singers

What You Will Learn

Music students hone their skills and develop proficiencies as musicians.

Career Preparation

Lessons, classes and recitals help students develop a personal style and prepare them for performance, teaching and other careers in music.

The Hesston Difference

Hesston music students experience the two-year advantage, receiving the same high quality of instruction as the best four-year colleges and universities and all the premiere performance and leadership opportunities in the freshman and sophomore years. This prepares Hesston graduates well to succeed as upper level music education majors.

Program Opportunities

  • Private voice and instrumental lessons
  • Vocal ensembles that include yearly tours
  • Annual music theatre production
  • Competitive performing arts scholarship
  • Department master classes and recitals, including solo sophomore recital opportunity

Plan of study for Associate of Arts degree in music

Hesston College Fine Arts

Create Community. Inspire Artistry. Explore Faith.

Our Mission: The Fine Arts Department of Hesston College creates scholars engaged in the study, promotion and preservation of the visual and performing arts. Inspired by cultures of the past, current global sensibilities and inclusive faith formation, students use the gift of storytelling within their fine arts education to interact with and serve their communities.