The Arizona Bach Festival exists to inspire, educate, preserve and elevate the appreciation of Bach as a transcendent force, through the highest caliber of performances. The Arizona Bach Festival grew out of a seven-year series of Bach Cantata concerts presented under the name American Bach. Now launched as a separate 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the first Festival in 2010 was a resounding success, followed by over 10 years of successful seasons, the Festival is now an established presence in the musical offerings of the Valley.
The Arizona Bach Festival presents performances of, lectures on, and masterclasses about, the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. We bring together performers from around the globe as well as talented musicians from our own community. The wide range of works presented shows the depth of Bach’s legacy. We have presented works using instruments of Bach’s time, and works using contemporary instruments, as well as works in transcription. Artists such as Grammy-winning American guitarist Janson Vieux, German pianist Kimiko Ishizaka, Dutch soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg, and the Chamber Ensemble Haagsche Hofmuzieck, also from the Netherlands, have all performed. Local musicians include the Phoenix Chorale (with their own Grammy Awards), individuals from the Phoenix Symphony, and faculty of Arizona State University. Two key components of the Festival have remained constant in our twelve-year history: Scott Youngs as Artistic Director, and Stephen Redfield as Concertmaster. We are a 501(c)(3) organization with an all-volunteer Board of Directors, headed up by Board Chair Don Morse.
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Our Board Members are:
Don Morse, President
Scott Youngs, Artistic Director
Craig Westendorf, Vice President
Bill Verdini, Secretary
Michael Salazar, Treasurer
Executive Assistant to the Board: