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Chorus

Our 2016-17 season is splendid, starting with a program that will be a feast for the senses, including the Boulder Bach Festival Chorus, Chamber Choir, Vocal Quartet, Solo Organ, and two Strings Ensembles, all placed in various locations, performing chorale settings by several pre-Bach greats and J.S. Bach, alongside two concertos performed by our extraordinary orchestra. The BBF Chorus will sing Samuel Schedit’s gorgeous setting of Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland, for double chorus. Works by Praetorius, Gesius, Sweelinck, and Buxtehude will be performed by combinations of all ensembles involved.

The May 2017 program features some of the great choruses by Vivaldi, Haendel, and Bach, alongside arias and concertos. Venues include the spectacular St. John’s Cathedral in Denver, and the fantastic stage of Boulder’s Seventh Day Adventist Church, a terrific space for serious concerts.

There is no chorus fee, but we are auditioning the entire chorus this year. Interested singers may wish to be considered for the chamber choir as well, and can ask Anna Gentry, Vocal Coach and Ensemble Manager, for more details. Her email address is:

chorus.manager@boulderbachfestival.org

There is a sign-up form to reserve your audition spot on 8/20, 8/28, or 9/11. Rehearsals start at 7:00pm on September 11, 2016. The first concerts are 10/14 and 10/16. Artistic Director Zachary Carrettin will conduct all rehearsals and concerts.


Sign-up form link

Subscription tickets for the season are available at BoulderBachFestival.org and there is a full season calendar link at the top of the home page.


St Cecilia Singers 1982
St Cecilia Singers 1982

The Boulder Bach Chorus started in the early 1980s as the St. Cecilia Singers. Its evolution happened when St. Cecilia members wished to expand their scope of performance and took on the role of chorus for the newly formed Bach Festival. For over 30 years now, the Boulder Bach Chorus has been a major contributor both to the success of the Festival and to the vital cultural scene of the Denver-Boulder region. The chorus comprises volunteer singers from all walks of life, who share a love for the works of J. S. Bach and the desire to perform them meaningfully. Please direct any inquiries about joining this respected group to Anna Wheeler Gentry, vocal coach and ensemble manager chorus.manager@boulderbachfestival.org


BBF HISTORICAL SEQUENCE OF J.S. BACH’S MAJOR CHORAL WORKS


  • 1982 Magnificat, BWV 243
  • 1983 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
  • 1984 St. John Passion, BWV 245
  • 1985 St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
  • 1986 Easter Oratorio, BWV 249
  • 1987 B Minor Mass, BWV 232
  • 1988 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
  • 1989 Magnificat, BWV 243
  • 1990 St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
  • 1991 B Minor Mass, BWV 232
  • 1993 Easter Oratorio, BWV 249
  • 1994 Magnificat, BWV 243
  • 1995 St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
  • 1992 St. John Passion, BWV 245
  • 1996 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
  • 1997 B Minor Mass, BWV 232
  • 1998 Ascension Oratorio, BWV 11; Magnificat, BWV 243
  • 1999 St. John Passion, BWV 245
  • 2000 St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
  • 2001 St. Mark Passion, BWV 247
  • 2002 B Minor Mass, BWV 232
  • 2003 St. Matthew Passion
  • 2004 Christmas Oratorio, Parts I,II,III, BWV 248; Magnificat, BWV 243
  • 2005 B Minor Mass, BWV 232
  • 2006 St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
  • 2007 St. Matthew Passion, BWV 243, and Easter Oratorio, BWV 249
  • 2008 St John Passion, BWV 245
  • 2009 Missa in F major, “Lutheran Mass,” BWV 233 and Missa in A major, “Lutheran Mass,” BWV 234
  • 2010 Motet no. 2: “Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf” and Motet no. 3: “Jesu Meine Freude”
  • 2011 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232
  • 2012 Cantatas BWV 147, 167, 187, and the Motet “Lobet den Hernn, alle Heiden”
  • 2013 St. John Passion, BWV 245
  • 2014 Cantatas BWV 131, 150, 196, and the Motet “Komm Jesu Komm”
  • 2015 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232
  • 2016 St. Matthew Passion, BWV 224