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.

2023 January Intensive2022 May Intensive

Bach Institute Public Events
Past Seasons

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Cantata Conversations 2023
Saturdays, February 25, March 4, and March 25
10:00-11:30am conversation in the Emmanuel Room
11:30-12:30 open rehearsal in the sanctuary
Join us for three stand-alone conversations examining the cantata of the week led by Pamela Dellal, Director of the Bach Institute. We will listen to excerpts from the cantata and discuss specific examples of Bach's masterful use of this musical form. After our conversation you are invited to listen in on the orchestra and chorus’ Saturday rehearsal.
A photo of a performance of Christmas In Leipzig
Chorale Sing
November 20, 2022 | 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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Cantata Conversations 2022
November 2, 2022 | 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.