Bel Canto Singers consists of 20 to 30 persons chosen by audition throughout the prior school year. Bel Canto performs sacred and secular music at campus events, in the community, and on extended weekend tours throughout the U.S. They also tour in the U.S. over spring break (even numbered years) and for two weeks in the summer (odd numbered years). To audition for Bel Canto, contact Russell Adrian or schedule a Performing Arts Scholarship Audition.
Chorus auditions are held during the opening week of school in August. The group performs music from around the world.
The International Chorale is organized every other year for a three-week summer tour of Europe. Besides performing in cathedrals, churches and castles, singers stay in local homes, tour historic Anabaptist sites, and spend time sightseeing. You must be a member of a Hesston College choir to be eligible for International Chorale.
Each fall, members of Bel Canto and Men’s and Women’s Chorus, along with community singers, form the Masterworks Chorale to perform a major work with orchestral accompaniment. Past performances have featured Song of Wisdom by Joseph Martin, Handel’s Messiah and The Creation by Joseph Haydn.