Unique Learning Opportunities in Music

Faculty member Ken Rodgers gives an organ lesson.

Department Mission

Drawing on a century of rich tradition, the Hesston College Music Department nurtures musical growth, encourages creativity, and provides a solid musical foundation for students pursuing a passion for music. The department provides many opportunities for performance, musical growth, and leadership.


International Choir Tour: Europe – in even numbered years, faculty members Russell Adrian and Ken Rodgers lead a month-long tour in western Europe. The trip includes performance opportunities in venues ranging from cathedrals to street corners, visits to sites of historical interest (Anabaptist and general), research projects along the way and home stays – opportunities to connect with the people of Europe.

Hesston College Bel Canto Singers members on the Carnegie Hall stage
Hesston College Bel Canto Singers members on the Carnegie Hall stage.
Bel Canto Singers and Hesston College Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorus tour each year. In addition to a host of local concerts and regular Sunday morning appearances in congregations across Kansas, Bel Canto tours during fall break and an extended weekend in February or March. In odd numbered years, Bel Canto tours for an additional two or three weeks in May, after commencement. Men’s and Women’s choruses perform in local congregations during the year.

The King's Singers at Hesston College
Members of The King’s Singers, a world-renowned a capella ensemble, lead a clinic at Hesston Mennonite Church on the campus of Hesston College.

Opportunities to work with world-renowned artists. Recent visiting artists include:

  • The King’s Singers
  • The Rose Ensemble
  • Charles Bruffy, Director, Kansas City Chorale
  • Ron Shetler, Broadway producer and voice teacher
  • Wayne Bryan, Music Theatre of Wichita artistic director
  • David Adam Moore, La Scala Opera baritone
  • Sarah Tannehill, Grammy-winning soprano
  • Turtle Island String Quartet
  • St. Petersburg String Quartet
  • Three-Part Invention (Violinist Tracy Silverman, Cellist Eugene Friesen & Pianist Philip Aaberg)
  • Elena Talley, clarinet
  • Daniel Velicer, piano
  • Lieurance Woodwind Quintet

Accolades and Recognition