Bethel University Singers

In its nearly 170 year history, music has always played a major role in campus and community life at Bethel University in McKenzie, TN.  A point of pride for the campus is the Bethel University Singers.


The University Singers is a select choir whose 65+ members come from music majors as well as all disciplines across campus.  As part of the Division of Music at Bethel University, the University Singers provide a rich variety of experiences and opportunities including a recent trip to Carnegie Hall to sing in the premiere Edwin Penhorwood’s An American Requiem.  Currently under the direction of Dr. Brian Paulis, the University Singers is committed to developing a rich heritage of choral repertoire.


Originally the Balladeers, then the Bethel College Chorale, the University Singers have resurrected the tradition of performing a major choral work each spring.  They recently performed Mozart’s Mass in C Major, “Coronation,” and Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs with orchestra; the first concert of this nature in McKenzie in nearly ten years.  The Division of Music at Bethel University has seven fulltime faculty (six of which are terminally degreed) and eight adjunct faculty who serve 80 majors in areas of music education, performance, church music, and music industry studies (emphases in music business and production and technology.)


Bethel University is the only private 4-year liberal arts university affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian church.  The mission of Bethel University is to create opportunities for members of the learning community to develop to their highest potential as whole persons—intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically—in a Christian environment.