A History of Excellence in Choral Performance
The Bach Society of Dayton brings the art of great choral singing to Dayton with a regular season of four concerts. With a repertory that spans seven centuries, the Society presents one choral masterwork each season, such as Mozart’s Requiem or Grand Mass in C Minor, and J. S. Bach’s Magnificat, St. John Passion, or Mass in B Minor.
The Bach Society of Dayton was established in 2002 as a successor to the former Dayton Bach Society, which was founded in 1974 and disbanded in 2001 upon the retirement of the founding director. The choristers chose to continue the Bach Society, and seven chorus members were chosen as trustees of the new organization. John Neely, Associate Pastor for Music at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dayton, has held the role of Music Director since 2002. R. Alan Kimbrough continued as accompanist. The ensemble presented its inaugural concert on December 8, 2002, featuring the Kettering Children's Choir as guest artists.
Since 2002, the organization has quickly established a reputation for inspiring performances and has been awarded numerous grants, including five from the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District, four from the Ohio Arts Council, and two from the Miriam Rosenthal Memorial Trust Fund. The grants have supported innovative projects involving young singers, the commissioning and premiere of a new choral work with brass and organ, the collaboration with Gem City Ballet in performing a new ballet by Peter LeBreton Merz, set to J.S. Bach's Magnificat and a partnership with the Marian Library at the University of Dayton Other recent collaborations include the 2010 performance with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Chamber Chorus of Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, the 2010 Project Sing with The Muse Machine, the 2011 performance of J.S. Bach's St. John Passion with Cappella, the college preparatory group in the Kettering Children's Choir, and the 2012 home-and-home concert collaboration with the Central State University Chorus.