Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts (BCAPA) was founded when Bethel College and its surrounding community acted on a need to increase music instruction opportunities in the area. In 1996, BCAPA first opened its doors as the Academy of Music, a Suzuki School for string instruction that provided quality instruction to over 70 students. The organization renamed itself the Academy of Performing Arts when dance instruction was introduced in Fall 2004.

Today, BCAPA serves more than 200 students from the Newton and Wichita metropolitan areas. BCAPA is an affiliate organization of Bethel College. We are financially independent but depend on fundraisers throughout the year to help keep our quality arts instruction at a competitive rate. Programming includes Academy Music lessons, Suzuki School of Music, early childhood, dance technique courses, pre-professional dance companies, adult programming, seasonal workshops, and more!

BCAPA is a collaborative community-based organization committed to nurturing creativity, diversity, and a lifelong love of learning in a safe, positive environment.  
— Mission Statement

Programs Offered
Academy of Music - Academy Music, Suzuki & Strings, Early Childhood
Academy of Dance - Dance Technique, Adult Classes
Special Workshops offered throughout the year, including Art Workshops, Instructional Series, and more!

Upcoming Events
Click here to view our upcoming events! A full listing of events can also be found on the Calendar page.