Washington Bach Consort

Founded in 1977 by J. Reilly Lewis, the Washington Bach Consort is a professional chorus and orchestra noted for its performances of 18th-Century music on period instruments. Its mission is to perform to the highest artistic standards the music of J.S. Bach and his Baroque contemporaries. View their website.

Field-trip educational materials are offered on the education page of the Bach Consort's website. View more information on their Member Feature Page.

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Fall Lottery

Events occuring October through December will be available for registration in the Fall Lottery opening on September 9th.

The Wunderkind Projekt 
Presented by: The Washington Bach Consort
The Wunderkind Projekt, is a three-part program designed to inspire your music students! (A Wunderkind is a person who achieves great success when relatively young.) Two professional musician/educators from the Bach Consort will visit your school to provide musical, poetic, and historical context to enhance your students’ experience at an upcoming Noontime Cantata concert, which the students then attend. Afterwards, one of our musician/educators will re-visit your class to talk with the students about their concert experience, answer any
Dates: 9/30/19, 10/1/19, 11/4/19, 11/5/19, 12/2/19, 12/3/19
Time: 12:00PM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Tuesdays-Church of the Epiphany, Mondays- St. Peter's Church on Capital Hill
Content Area: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Arts
Learning Standards: English Language Arts - Key Ideas & Details, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Grades: 6th-12th
Ticket capacity: 50 per date (2-3 classes)

Bach in Time
Presented by: The Washington Bach Consort

Music is a powerful force! In this interactive show geared to 2nd to 4th graders, J.S. Bach is transported to the 21st century when our musicians play one of his pieces. How can we get Bach back home to the 17th century? The instrumental and vocal musicians describe and demonstrate various music basics and enlist the help of our student audience to find the exact combination of tempo, rhythm, meter, melody, echo, harmony, and dynamics to speed Bach back to his own time.
Dates: 10/7 @ Sitar Arts Center, 10/8 @ THEARC, 10/9 @ Atlas, 10:30
Time: 10:30AM and 12:00PM
Length of Event: 70 minutes

Content Area: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Arts
Learning Standards: English Language Arts - Key Ideas & Details, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Grades: 2nd - 5th
Ticket capacity: 
10/7- 100 per performance
10/8 + 10/9 - 250 per performance


Winter Lottery

Events occuring from January through March will be available for registration in the Winter Lottery opening on December 2nd.

The Wunderkind Projekt 
Presented by: The Washington Bach Consort
The Wunderkind Projekt, is a three-part program designed to inspire your music students! (A Wunderkind is a person who achieves great success when relatively young.) Two professional musician/educators from the Bach Consort will visit your school to provide musical, poetic, and historical context to enhance your students’ experience at an upcoming Noontime Cantata concert, which the students then attend. Afterwards, one of our musician/educators will re-visit your class to talk with the students about their concert experience, answer any
Dates: 3/2/20, 3/3/20
Time: 12:00PM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Tuesdays-Church of the Epiphany, Mondays- St. Peter's Church on Capital Hill
Content Area: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Arts
Learning Standards: English Language Arts - Key Ideas & Details, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Grades: 6th-12th
Ticket capacity: 50 per date (2-3 classes)

A Goldberg Variation
Presented by: The Washington Bach Consort

The future of music is at risk, and only a distant future relative of one of Bach's students can save it. Dr. John Goldberg travels back from the 22nd century to teach children about a precious resource that we have in our time that has gone missing in his: classical music. With a focus on the music of J.S. Bach, this program will teach children about many of the important musical building blocks, and will empower them to change the future of music through their own listening and appreciation.
Dates and Locations: 3/16/2020 @Sitar Arts Center, 120 Maximum 
3/17/2020 @Atlas Performing Arts Center, 250 Maximum 
3/18/2020 @Studio Theatre, 180 Maximum 
Time: 10:00 am and 12:00 pm
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: TBD
Content Area: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Arts
Learning Standards: English Language Arts - Key Ideas & Details, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Grades: 2nd - 5th
Ticket capacity: Dependent upon location


Spring Lottery

Events occuring April through June will be available for registration in the Spring Lottery opening on March 2nd. 

The Wunderkind Projekt 
Presented by: The Washington Bach Consort
The Wunderkind Projekt, is a three-part program designed to inspire your music students! (A Wunderkind is a person who achieves great success when relatively young.) Two professional musician/educators from the Bach Consort will visit your school to provide musical, poetic, and historical context to enhance your students’ experience at an upcoming Noontime Cantata concert, which the students then attend. Afterwards, one of our musician/educators will re-visit your class to talk with the students about their concert experience, answer any
Dates: 4/6/20, 4/7/20, 5/4/20, 5/5/20
Time: 12:00PM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Tuesdays-Church of the Epiphany, Mondays- St. Peter's Church on Capital Hill
Content Area: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Arts
Learning Standards: English Language Arts - Key Ideas & Details, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Grades: 6th-12th
Ticket capacity: 50 per date (2-3 classes)

Hercules at the Crossroads
Presented by: The Washington Bach Consort
Hercules at the Crossroads is a two-part program for 3rd-5th graders, featuring an inclusive, participatory performance of a cantata (a mini-musical!) by J.S. Bach about the hero Hercules. Before the performance, two teaching-artists from WBC visit your class to provide musical, mythical, and historical contexts of the music. Students will learn to sing (in German) and sign (in ASL) short musical selections from Hercules, and will participate at key moments in the performance. A discussion session follows the performance to reinforce concepts introduced in the workshop. Teachers’ Guides and Follow-Up Activity Guides will be provided.
Dates: TBD
Time: TBD
Length of Event: 70 min

Location: First Congregational United Church of Christ
Content Area: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Arts
Learning Standards: English Language Arts - Key Ideas & Details, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Grades: 3rd - 5th
Ticket capacity: 300 per performance

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