Adeline Bethany, Ed.D., joined Cabrini’s faculty in 1975 to be part of the welcoming atmosphere and sense of community on campus. Today, these aspects are still some of her favorite things about Cabrini life.
“I love the warm and inviting culture of Cabrini,” she says.
Bethany teaches courses in music, conducts the Cabrini College Chorus and Chorale, collaborates on music with Cabrini Theatre, and coordinates the Fine Arts Department’s Cultural Events Series.
“I hope to develop in students a passion for involvement in the arts, especially music,” Bethany says.
In her role as choral conductor, she conducts annual Christmas and spring concerts, performances at Honors Convocation, and an annual performance at Cabrini Night at the Phillies.
The Chorus has toured abroad on many occasions, most recently to festivals in Puerto Rico (2006) and Vienna, Austria (2008). Bethany also teaches the music for Cabrini Theatre’s annual musicals, and conducts the pit orchestra for its performances.
As coordinator of the Cultural Events Series, she has consistently brought musicians from across the globe to perform at the College for the benefit of students and the public.
Bethany enjoys being a part of the Cabrini faculty because she shares a common thread with her colleagues: dedication to students. She says all faculty members genuinely want to see their students succeed. One of Bethany’s greatest satisfactions is witnessing the growth of her students as they navigate their college career.
“It is gratifying to watch the progress of young, timid freshmen developing into strong and confident seniors,” Bethany says.
In recent years, Bethany has focused her study on Balinese music and culture, continuing her research through ongoing visits to the island of Bali, Indonesia. So far, she has traveled there eight times.
Bethany earned a bachelor of music degree from the University of the Arts, a master of music degree from West Chester University, and a doctor of education from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Bethany applies her educational interest to ventures outside of the classroom as well. She is a founding board member of the Springfield Area Educational Foundation.
Bethany lives in Springfield, Delaware County, Pa., and has two sons, a daughter, five grandchildren, and three “grand-dogs.”
Contact information: Adeline Bethany, Ed.D. Professor, Director of Music, Fine Arts Widener Center, Room 204 610-902-8380 firstname.lastname@example.org