Through its performing, teaching, mentoring, and scholarly activities, Emmanuel Music occupies a unique niche: a living laboratory for the music of J. S. Bach. Emmanuel Music finds new and creative ways for audiences and musicians to engage with the artistic, spiritual, and humanistic aspects of the music of J. S. Bach, the cornerstone of our musical output for our first fifty years.
Bach provides a way of dealing with life’s struggles.”
- Board Member
The strategic planning process has led us to affirm our dedication to building our identity around the creative output of a single composer. This affirmation is especially significant in 2021 when many arts organizations are looking to re-think their identity, including dis-engaging from over-reliance on the historic cultural influence of White European men.
Our essence, and what makes us unique amongst our peers, is the richness and depth that the musicians--and, by extension, the audiences--gain through the cycle of learning, re-learning, and experiencing performances of Bach’s works. This includes exploring the themes of his sacred works that are broadly relatable, rather than uniquely Lutheran. According to Ensemble member Pamela Dellal, the themes that Bach explores, especially his sacred cantatas, are "so deeply embedded in all of us that you don't have to believe one ideology in order to understand the profundity of what he's writing."
As one Board member recently noted, “We’re always struggling. Bach provides a way of dealing with life’s struggles.”