Recent Collaborations and Outreach Opportunities
Collaboration with other Dayton area arts organizations and outreach to many parts of the community and especially to young people are part of the fabric of the Bach Society. They are integral to our mission and our vision, and are a major factor in our planning for each concert season. We have been fortunate to secure grant funding for these collaborations from the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District (MCACD), the Ohio Arts Council (OAC), the Miriam Rosenthal Memorial Trust Fund, and the Monarch/Genesis Fund of The Dayton Foundation.
2011-2012 – Central State University Chorus
Generously supported by the Monarch/Genesis Fund of The Dayton Foundation, the Bach Society and the Central State University Chorus, under the direction of William Henry Caldwell, prepared two concerts of varied and exciting repertoire intentionally designed to embrace cultural and racial diversity. The groups shared venues, performing first at Central State in Wilberforce and then at the Kettering Adventist Church. Joint rehearsals offered chances for singers to interact and to experience different conducting styles. Each group performed separately with classical works and spirituals, and then joined forces in works by Schubert, Stacey Gibbs, and Rosephanye Powell. The concert concluded with an arrangement of His Eye is on the Sparrow by concert preview presenter Dr. James Arthur Williams.
2010-2011 – St. John Passion and Cappella
This project, funded by the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District and the Monarch/Genesis Fund of The Dayton Foundation, engaged singers from Cappella, the college preparatory chorus of the Kettering Children’s Choir, in joining the Bach Society Chorus, orchestra, and soloists in singing a performance of J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion. Dr. James Tipps, Cappella’s director, prepared the young singers. John Neely offered special musical instruction and Win Bernhardt provided German diction support. The Bach Society and Cappella rehearsed jointly prior to the concert, allowing the groups to make more personal connections. The collaboration also featured a study guide for churches and schools (also shared with Cappella choristers) on the St. John Passion, click to access study guide. A concert preview by Rev. Jack Koepke, III and Rev. Rodney W. Kennedy offered concertgoers insights into the St. John Passion
2009-2010 – Follow the Muse
“Follow the Muse” was a multi-faceted collaboration between the Bach Society and the Muse Machine in 2009-2010, generously supported by funding from the Ohio Arts Council and the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District. Eight talented high school-age singers from the Greater Dayton area were prepared by Basil Fett to join the Bach Society chorus in performing the April 11, 2010 concert. Some students were from Muse Machine-affiliated schools and others from Cappella, the regional high school honors choir that is associated with the Kettering Children's Choir. Young people from Muse Machine schools and Muse school advisers attended the performance, at special ticket prices, to enhance their learning and enjoy the music. In addition, small ensembles of Bach Society choristers presented thirty minute interactive workshops on the key elements of Baroque music to nearly a hundred senior high choral music students at Stebbins and Centerville High Schools in February and March 2010. Music Director John Neely prepared a 22 page study guide focused on the repertoire for the April concert and made available to teachers of widely-ranging subjects at the Muse Machine’s affiliated schools. John also acquainted high school educators with the essentials of Baroque organ music during the Muse Machine’s annual teacher/adviser training workshops in July 2009.
2008-2009 – The Magnificat through Art, Music, and Dance
The 2008-2009 season included two collaborative and outreach projects. The first of these involved a partnership with the Gem City Ballet in the performance of Peter Merz’s new ballet set to J.S. Bach’s choral masterpiece, the Magnificat. This project was supported by a generous grant from the Miriam Rosenthal Memorial Trust Fund. The second collaboration, “The Art of the Magnificat,” utilized the rich resources of the Marian Library at the University of Dayton for a multimedia presentation of art from two different eras in conjunction with the performances of both J.S. Bach and John Rutter’s settings of the Magnificat. The collaboration was funded in part by a grant from MCACD.
2007-2008 – Project Sing
The 2007-08 community outreach project entitled “Project Sing” was partially supported by a Learning and Partnership Grant from the Ohio Arts Council. Eight students from Xenia High School rehearsed and performed with the Bach Society chorus, soloists, and instrumentalists for the March 16, 2008 concert. The project enabled students to demonstrate their musical skills and gain experience with literature not normally performed by church or school groups. As a result, they not only deepened their knowledge of great choral music, but also learned about the possibilities and rewards of continuing to make music and perform beyond high school. The Xenia High School choirs, directed by Brent Manley, have been honored to sing in Washington, DC as well as in New York City and have consistently received superior ratings at both district and state contests sponsored by the Ohio Music Educators Association.
Earlier Collaborations include:
2006-2007 – Project Sing
2005-2006 – Commissioned Work Project
2003-2004 – St. John Passion Project
2003-2004 – “Sing, My Soul” Project