Bach Society

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The Bach Society is a choral and orchestral group of Columbia musicians focused on the music, legacy, and influence of J.S. Bach.


Since its founding in 1999 by a group of Columbia musicians, the Bach Society (orchestra and chorus) has become a major part of musical life both at Columbia and throughout Manhattan. Composed of Columbia students as well as young musicians from around New York City, the Bach Society presents several concerts both on and off campus during each academic year.

During three highly successful years under the direction of Columbia alumnus Ken-David Masur, the Bach Society toured Germany, produced and performed Handel's opera "Acis and Galatea", gave concerts at the 92nd Street Y and the University Club in Manhattan, and released its debut CD. In the fall of 2002, Ken Selden became the new music director and led the Society in four concerts composed of diverse orchestral, choral, and chamber music.

Later, the Society was directed by David Rosenmeyer, who led the Society in a number of ambitious concerts, including a semi-staged production of Purcell's opera "Dido and Aeneas" in 2004.

In 2009, Geoffrey McDonald took over the reigns of the Bach Society and is currently the Music Director of the Society.

The Society is governed by an Executive Board, elected annually by Society members.

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