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.


Winter Programs

Asterisk (*) indicates synchronous engagement available.

Bach in Time Interactive Comic Book
Interactive audio and visual comic book that explores classical/Baroque music through the life and space-age time-travel of classical music's greatest composer, J.S. Bach. Resource includes musical examples.
Content Areas: World Languages/Global Studies, Math, Science, Technology, Arts
Discipline: Music/ Music Production
Resource Type: Other Interactive Distance Learning Activity/ Online or Printable Resource
Learning Standards: ELA Standards for Arts/Music
Grades: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

A Goldberg Variation Comic Book & Teacher Materials
Comic book that pairs with our Goldberg Variation presentation.
Content area: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, World Languages/Global Studies, Arts, Philosophy, Music
Discipline: Music/ Music Production
Resource type: Online or Printable Lesson Plan/ Study Guide, Other Interactive Distance Learning Activity/ Online or Printable Resource
Learning standards: ELA standards for music, grades 3-5
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

 

Hercules at the Crossroads
Video recording of the 3/12 Hercules at the Crossroads performance of J.S. Bach's cantata about the myth of the choice of Hercules.
Content area: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, World Languages/Global Studies, Arts, Philosophy
Discipline: Digital Media (Film/Photography, Graphic Design), Music/ Music Production
Resource type: Filmed Performing Arts Activity/ Performance
Learning standards: ELA Standards for Music
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

Musicians Discuss Their Musical Upbringings
Baroque flutist Katy and violinist Leslie (a former DCPS student, now teacher) talk about their musical upbringing and how two people make music together.
Content Areas: Arts
Discipline: Music/ Music Production
Resource Type: Filmed Performing Arts Activity/ Performance, Other Interactive Distance Learning Activity/ Online or Printable Resource
Learning Standards: ELA Standards for Arts/Music
Grades: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Wunderkind Projekt *
The Wunderkind Projekt, is a three-part program designed to inspire your music students. The virtual program is centered around a collaborative video performance of a cantata (a short story told in song) by Johann Sebastian Bach. Two professional musician-educators from the Bach Consort will lead a virtual lesson to provide musical, narrative, and historical context to enhance students’ experience, followed by a recorded musical performance and live Q&A. Wunderkind Projekt is ideal for music, drama, fine art, English/literature, foreign language, social studies/geography, and history classes or focuses. Musician-educators tailor their lesson to each class’ needs and curriculum, reinforcing DCPS ELA standards. The program is free for students and teachers.
Content Areas: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, World Languages/Global Studies, Arts, Philosophy, Social and Emotional Learning
Discipline: Music/ Music Production
Resource Type: Filmed Guided Lesson Plan, Filmed Performing Arts Activity/ Performance
Learning Standards: DCPS ELA Standards for Music
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Length: 60-90 minutes
Accessibility Measures: Adjustable Volume

Bach in Time *
Engaging, entertaining, and fast-moving, Bach in Time is a fun, interactive program for 2nd through 5th grade students performed by costumed professional musicians and actors. Students learn basic principles of music and are introduced not only to the musical instruments used by Bach, but to the composer himself through the magic of time travel! Students discover the significance of early music in modern times through an interactive musical play, filmed especially for virtual distance learning, and followed by a live Q&A/talkback session with two performing musicians. The program features teacher materials and access to an interactive online comic book with narration, video, and musical examples. Bach in Time is based on DCPS ELA standards and is ideal for class curricula on music, drama, fine art, English/literature, foreign language, social studies/geography, and history.
Content Areas: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, World Languages/Global Studies, Arts, Philosophy, Social and Emotional Learning
Discipline: Music/ Music Production
Resource Type: Filmed Performing Arts Activity/ Performance
Learning Standards: DCPS ELA Standards in Music
Grades: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Length: 60-75 minutes
Accessibility Measures: Adjustable Volume, Closed Captioning
This program/resource is accommodating of students with learning/developmental disabilities.


Previous Lotteries

Fall Lottery

Events taking place from October through December will be available in the Fall Lottery opening on September 7th.

Wunderkind Projekt
Presented by: Washington Bach Consort 
The Wunderkind Projekt, is a three-part program designed to inspire your music students. The virtual program is centered around a collaborative video performance of a cantata (a short story told in song) by Johann Sebastian Bach. Two professional musician-educators from the Bach Consort will lead a bespoke virtual pre-lesson to provide musical, narrative, and historical context to enhance students’ experience, followed by a post-performance discussion and talkback.Wunderkind Projekt is ideal for music, drama, fine art, English/literature, foreign language, social studies/geography, and history classes or focuses. Musician-educators tailor their lesson to each class’ needs and curriculum, reinforcing DCPS ELA standards. The program is free for students and teachers.
Date: Year-round after 09/13/2020; scheduled at class/teacher's convenience; classes may participate up to 3 times with different video performances and lessons for each
Time: TBD
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Virtual
Content Area: Arts
Medium: Music/Music Production
Learning Standards: TBD
Grades: 8th - 12th
Ticket capacity: No limit, however classes of 30+ students may wish to divide to separate sessions
Supplementary Materials: TBD, Pre and Post-program Workshop

Bach in Time
Presented by: Washington Bach Consort 
Engaging, entertaining, and fast-moving, Bach in Time is a fun, interactive program for 2nd through 5th grade students performed by costumed professional musicians and actors. Students learn basic principles of music and are introduced not only to the musical instruments used by Bach, but to the composer himself through the magic of time travel! Students discover the significance of early music in modern times through an interactive musical play, filmed especially for virtual distance learning, and followed by a live Q&A/talkback session with two performing musicians. The program features teacher materials and access to an interactive online comic book with narration, video, and musical examples.Bach in Time is based on DCPS ELA standards and is ideal for class curricula on music, drama, fine art, English/literature, foreign language, social studies/geography, and history.
Date: TBD (10/19 to 10/30/2020)
Time: TBD
Length of Event: 45 Minutes
Location: Virtual
Content Area: Arts
Medium: Music/Music Production
Learning Standards: TBD
Grades: 2nd - 5th
Ticket capacity: Min 20, max 100 students per presentation; can provide multiple presentations, combine/divide classes as needed
Supplementary Materials: TBD

Spring Lottery

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)

 


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 and 3/17/2020 @Atlas Performing Arts Center, 300 Maximum 
3/18/2020 @Sitar Arts Center, 120 Maximum
Time: 10:00 am and 12:00 pm
Length of Event: 1 hour
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: 120- 250, Dependent upon location

 

Hercules at the Crossroads - *Special Needs Friendly*
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.

Hercules at the Crossroads is an all-inclusive event. Children of all abilities are welcome at this
event. The performance space is fully handicap accessible. Slides will be contain closed captioning. Preferred seating is available for those who require it. Although participants are encouraged to demonstrate respectful concert hall behavior to the best of their abilities, there is no need for participants to stay seated/quiet during the performance. For those who “need a break,” the performance venue includes a small sound-
proof viewing area (“quiet room”) where participants can see and hear the performance. Ushers can direct participants to this space.
Dates/Times: 3/12/20 (12:30 PM), 3/13/20 (10:00 AM + 12:30 PM)
Length of Event: 60 min
Location: Varies by date
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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