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The American Bach Society and The Bach Choir of Bethlehem announce...
The 11th Biennial Bach Vocal Competition for American Singers
May 17, 2020 Bethlehem, PA

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and the American Bach Society announce the eleventh biennial competition for American singers with special interest in the music of J. S. Bach.
Recent Winners include: Gabriela Estephani Solis, 2018, Nola Richardson and Christopher Edwards, 2016, Janna Critz, 2014, Dashon Burton, 2012

On May 17, 2020, up to ten finalists will appear before a panel of distinguished judges and a live audience in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

The First Prize winner chosen by the judges on that day will receive a career development grant of $3,000 and a solo performing opportunity with The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Greg Funfgeld, Artistic Director & Conductor, in a future season.

In addition to the first prize, up to three additional cash awards of $500 may be awarded to other finalists, at the judges' discretion.

Judges at the Finals on May 17, 2020, will include

  • Greg Funfgeld, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem
  • Other distinguished Bach performers and specialists, to be announced

ELIGIBILITY:

The Competition is open to citizens of the United States who were born after May 17, 1989.
(As of the finals on May 17, 2020, participants must not yet have reached their 31st birthday.)

AUDITION PROCEDURE:

Preliminaries:

  • Preliminary application is by audio or video recording of one secco recitative and two J.S. Bach arias uploaded via the online portal www.getacceptd.com
  • From these preliminary applications, up to ten finalists will be chosen.
  • Application Deadline Friday, March 20, 2020.
  • All applications must be received by the Competition Administrator on or before this date.
  • All applicants will be notified via email no later than April 15, 2020.

Finals:

  • The finalists will sing in Bethlehem, PA, on Sunday, May 17, 2020, 1:00–3:00pm.
  • Location: Peter Hall, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA 18018.
  • At the finals, each singer will present one secco recitative and two arias by J.S. Bach, (not necessarily those in the preliminary application). Piano accompanist will be provided. Finalists are welcome to bring their own accompanist if they wish.
  • Finalists must make their own travel arrangements. By car, Bethlehem is 90 minutes north of Philadelphia and ca. 2 hours west of New York City. (Google Map)
  • Bethlehem is about five miles from the Lehigh Valley Airport in Allentown, Pennsylvania. (Airport website opens in new window)

The finals take place during the 113th Bethlehem Bach Festival. Finalists may request complimentary tickets to concerts on the weekend of the competition. Please visit the Bach Choir of Bethlehem's website www.bach.org to view the Festival schedule.

HOW TO APPLY:

Application is via www.getacceptd.com which charges a $30 application fee.

Applications will close at midnight March 20, 2020.

 We will make every effort to choose the ten finalists and notify every applicant no later than April 15, 2020.

About the Bach Choir of Bethlehem

The roots of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, the oldest Bach Choir in America, go back to Colonial times and to the Moravians who settled Bethlehem in 1712. The Choir was founded in 1898 by its first conductor John Frederick Wolle, an organist at Central Moravian Church, and gave the first complete performances in America of the Mass in B Minor (1900) and Christmas Oratorio (1901). Since its founding in 1898, The Choir has been attracting thousands of visitors to the annual Bethlehem Bach Festival, now held on the campus of Lehigh University.

Greg Funfgeld, the sixth conductor of The Choir, has been artistic director and conductor since 1983 and is now in his 37th season. He has expanded the programs of The Bach Choir beyond the annual Bach Festivals to become a year-round season of more than 40 concerts and educational programs with an audience of more than 22,000.

Please visit the Bach Choir of Bethlehem's website www.bach.org for the Festival schedule or email office@bach.org to request a Festival ticket brochure.

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