The Bach Institute

Pamela Dellal, Director;
Ryan Turner, Associate Director

The Bach Institute, with public events throughout each performance season, provides engagement with Bach’s music through presentations and participatory activities. We are creating and sharing a trove of resources specific to the varied interests of music professionals, amateurs, aficionados, and anyone curious about what Bach’s music may offer to today’s listeners.

winter Intensive 2023: january 4-16, 2023

The Bach Institute Winter Intensive seeks to share the deep knowledge and experience of the Emmanuel Music ensemble in performing the sacred cantatas of J.S. Bach. Drawing on fifty years of practical experience offering these profound works in a worship context, we bring a unique perspective on the communicative power and timeless relevance of this music, as well as insights into technique, interpretation, and pacing.

For nearly two weeks in January our Institute Fellows participate in the Sunday morning Bach cantata performances at Boston’s Emmanuel Church; study Bach cantata arias and recitatives through in-depth text study and intensive private coaching; and perform in public masterclasses – all culminating in a Showcase Concert featuring the Institute Fellows at the conclusion of the Intensive.

Cantata Conversation Sign-Up

Sunday, November 2 | 7:30-9:00pm | Zoom

Join us for a deep-dive conversation of BWV 109 led by esteemed Bach Institute Director Pamela Dellal. We will listen to excerpts from the cantata and discuss specific examples Bach's masterful use of this musical form to illuminate the core of universal human experience.
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Chorale Sing Sign-Up

Sunday, November 20 | 12:00 - 1:30pm  | Music Room,
Emmanuel Church

Chorales are central to Bach’s sacred writing, and he employed these compact and familiar melodies to express deep and daring concepts about music, faith, and life. Artistic Director Ryan Turner and Bach Institute Director Pamela Dellal will introduce five of the most famous and spectacular chorales from the cantata repertoire, and lead volunteers in singing and learning these pieces together.
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January Intensive 2023:
Schedule of Public Events

Conversation: Eric Chafe & Pamela Dellal

Thinking with Bach

Jan. 6, 2023 at 7.00pm

Open Cantata Rehearsals

Jan. 7, 2023 at 11.30am and 1pm

Grab a front row seat to see how the weekly cantata performance comes together in just one rehearsal. Listen to Artistic Director Ryan Turner and guests discuss the musical intricacies of the cantata they are preparing.

11:30 am: Cantata Open Rehearsal: Ryan Turner conducts BWV 65
1:00 pm: Conversation: Ryan Turner and Pamela Dellal discuss BWV 65

Cantata: BWV 65, Ryan Turner conducting

Jan. 8, 2023 at 10.00am


Master Class: Ryan Turner and Pamela Dellal; featuring Bach Institute fellows

The Passion Arioso

Jan. 9, 2023 at 7.00pm

Conversation: Rev. Pamela Werntz and Karen King

Translating Backwards and Forwards

Jan. 11, 2023 at 7.00pm

Conversation: Wendy Heller

Listening to the Female Voice in Bach's cantatas

Jan. 13, 2023 at 7.00pm

Open Cantata Rehearsals

Jan. 14, 2023 at 11.30am and 1pm

Grab a front row seat to see how the weekly cantata performance comes together in just one rehearsal. Listen to Artistic Director Ryan Turner and guests discuss the musical intricacies of the cantata they are preparing.

11:30am: Cantata Open Rehearsal: John Harbison conducts BWV 3
1:00 pm: Conversation: John Harbison discusses BWV 3

Cantata: BWV 3, John Harbison conducting

Jan. 15, 2023 at 10am

Showcase Concert featuring Bach Institute fellows

Jan. 15, 2023 at 7.00pm
Jan. 16, 2023 at 7:00 pm SNOW DATE