Music Ministry


Music Ministry


  • Dr. Carol McDaniel ( ) - Minister of Music
  • Mara Widmann ( ) - Admin. Asst. to Music Ministry 
  • Blake Flattley ( ) - Artist in Residence 


Upcoming Music ministry happenings:


GUEST COMPOSER WEEKEND at BETHANY is just around the corner:        


September 22, 2019---all 3 morning worship services

Our 2019 guest composer Sunday was postponed to the fall from its original spring date, due to the renovation of our sanctuary.  We are thrilled that our composer was able to switch the date and join us this fall as we celebrate God’s gifts of Word and Sacrament and Song.

Christian Guebert, a native of Orange County and an alumni of Concordia College Irvine, CA is our composer this year.  Christian is currently a teaching fellow and PhD candidate at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.  He is director of music ministries at Immanuel Lutheran in Orange, CA and is also serving as an adjunct instructor at Concordia, Irvine.

Christian and his twin brother Alex were our guest composers 2 years ago, and we are thrilled to be able to share in God’s gifts of music to Christian again this year.  The Choir will lead in a piece Christian arranged for Pastor Kritzer’s 25th anniversary: “More Than We Can Ever Measure,” a psalm setting of Psalm 91: “Our Refuge and Our Fortress,” a beautiful hymn setting of “Christ Be My Leader” and a grand setting of the Doxology “PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW,” for Brass and Organ.  The advanced handbell choir will also play one or two of Christian’s arrangements.


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 Blake Flattley 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 Monday (Intermediate Bells) and Thursday (Advanced Bells) evenings.  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 instruction 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,  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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