Music & Choirs

Few things stir within us a greater sense than does beautiful music. It has the power to awaken our senses, to stimulate our intellect, and to break our hearts. Both in our worship life and in other arenas of our life together, we recognize the power of music to do something to us.

If you have a passion for music and find joy in helping to create it or simply delight in how God works on us through music, you’ll love what we do here.

Join a choir, play an instrument, participate in the Bethlehem Music Series, or soak in the power of this extraordinary gift of God.

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** PLEASE NOTE: We have made the decision to suspend in-person rehearsals and concerts during the COVID season. Keep up to date with all the things going on at Bethlehem by visiting the Events page. **

Choirs & Voice Ensembles

Men’s Choir

AGES: Adult
CAMPUS: Minneapolis
REHEARSALS: Sunday mornings, September to May

The Men’s Choir is a wonderful opportunity to join a group of men who love to sing. Conveniently, rehearsals are on Sunday morning instead of during the week. The Men’s Choir sings a wide variety of anthem styles and participates in worship once a month, as well as on Easter. No audition is necessary, but some prior vocal experience is preferred. Join us as we make music to the Lord with the sound of singing.

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Women’s Choral Ensemble

AGES: High School to Adult
CAMPUS: Minneapolis
REHEARSALS: Monday evenings, September to May

The Bethlehem Women’s Choral Ensemble is a choir made up of soprano and alto voices. This ensemble sings a wide variety of repertoire ranging from classical works, gospel, hymn arrangements, and more contemporary anthems as well. This ensemble is perfect for singers of all experience levels. Whether you have been singing your entire life or looking to try something new, this ensemble is a great way to come together in community and lift your voice in worship and praise to God. The ensemble sings in worship once a month. No audition is necessary. Join us as we make music to the Lord with the sound of singing!

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Chancel Choir

AGES: Middle School to Adult
CAMPUS: Minnetonka
REHEARSALS: Wednesday evenings, September to May

This mixed voice choir leads the congregation in worship through hymns and anthems most Sundays from September to May at the Minnetonka Campus. Whether you have been singing your entire life or looking to try something new, this ensemble is a great way to come together in community and lift your voice in worship and praise to God. We hope you will consider singing with us as we lift our hearts and voices together to glorify God. No audition is necessary. Join us as we make music to the Lord with the sound of singing.

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Bethlehem Chorale

AGES: Adult
CAMPUS: Minneapolis
REHEARSALS: Wednesday evenings, September to May

The Bethlehem Chorale (formerly the Senior Choir) has a long history of providing quality, engaging music that proclaims the Word of God in worship. They provide congregational support on hymns and liturgy as well as scripture-related anthems. The repertoire ranges from classical works, gospel, and hymn arrangements, to a wide variety of historic styles. Whether you have been singing your entire life or looking to try something new, this choir is a great way to come together in community and lift your voice in worship to praise God. The choir sings most Sundays as well as for festival days: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Easter. No audition is necessary but some prior vocal experience is preferred.

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“Music’s only purpose should be the glory of God and the recreation of the human spirit.” —Johann Sebastian Bach

Handbells

Handbell Ensemble

AGES: High School to Adult

CAMPUS: Minneapolis
REHEARSALS: Wednesday evenings, September to May

CAMPUS: Minnetonka
REHEARSALS: Tuesday evenings, September to May

Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities is blessed to have two handbell ensembles. The ensembles rehearse during the school year (beginning September) and generally ring once a month in worship and on the major festival Sundays. During the Advent season and towards the end of the program year, the two ensembles combine forces to offer up a single anthem in worship at both campuses. No prior handbell experience is necessary to join one of these two ensembles. Please consider ringing with us as we ring out anthems of praise to God!

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Choirs for Kids & Youth

KinderChoir

AGES: 4–5 years old (pre-Kindergarten)
CAMPUS: Minneapolis
REHEARSALS: Wednesday evenings, September to May

KinderChoir provides children with their first structured music experience as part of the Bethlehem faith community. It encourages joyful music-making and builds fundamental music skills in the area of rhythm, pitch, movement, and vocal developments that will be a foundation for later musical development and future participation in the regular children’s choir program when they become old enough. Children are encouraged to join this activity. Parents are welcome to accompany their child until they feel comfortable to stay alone with the group.

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Cherub Choir

AGES: Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
CAMPUS: Minneapolis
REHEARSALS: Wednesday evenings, September to May

The Cherub Choir’s purpose is to guide the spiritual development of our children through high-quality music and instill a sense of service to their church through singing to the Glory of God. The choir sings a variety of literature and provides music for worship approximately once a month and sings for the Christmas Children’s program. No audition is necessary.

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Chorister Choir

AGES: 3rd – 6th Grade
CAMPUS: Minneapolis
REHEARSALS: Wednesday Evenings, September to May

The Chorister Choir provides the spiritual development of our children through high-quality music and instills a sense of service to their church through singing to the Glory of God. The choir sings a variety of literature and sings for worship approximately once a month. They also sing during the Thanksgiving Eve service, the Children’s Christmas program, the Family Blessing service on Ash Wednesday, the Palm Sunday service, and the Choir Finale in May. No audition is necessary.

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Youth Choir

AGES: 7th – 12th Grade
CAMPUS: Minneapolis
REHEARSALS: Wednesday evenings, September to May

The Youth Choir is an ensemble that seeks to enhance worship through the singing of high-quality and varied music by engaging the heart and minds of our young singers. This choir provides the experience to eventually join the Bethlehem Chorale. The Youth Choir sings in worship approximately once a month and provides music for Christmas Eve, Lent, and Easter. No audition is necessary.

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“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.” —Psalm 100

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Bethlehem Music Series

The Bethlehem Music Series is the longest-running series of its kind in the Twin Cities area. This year marks our 39th anniversary and promises to be another stellar season of excellent music and artistry. Concerts are FREE and we offer FREE valet parking. Nursery is available for children 3 months – 3 years of age. Concerts are an interactive experience reflecting the series’ dedication to education. Prior to each concert, the artists offer insights into their performance and music, answering questions from the audience.

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“Where there is devotional music, God is always at hand with His gracious presence.” —Johann Sebastian Bach

Music & Choirs Staff

Kinderchoir Co-director

Ron Jay

Director of Cherub Choir & Youth Choir

Julia Fahey

Worship Ensemble Director

Michael McDeid

Chorister Choir Director

Mindy Mennicke

Director of Music and Organist | Founding Artistic Director of the Bethlehem Music Series

Maria Bucka

Phone: 612-312-3411
Associate Director of Music

Mark Paisar

Phone: 612-312-3373
Bethlehem Chorale and Men’s Choir Director

David Mennicke