Member Organization

Seattle Bach Choir

Mailing Address:
PO Box 15861
Seattle, WA 98115
Electronic Contact:
Artistic Director: Daniel A Mahraun
Founded: 1984
Next Anniversary: 2024–2025 academic year
Ensemble Type: Adult Auditioned Community Choir
Size: 40 members
Yearly Contributions: Free
Members purchase their own music and contribute to the work and financial health of the choir.
Rehearses: Tuesdays, 7:15pm during the Academic Year at Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, Seattle, WA

Upcoming Events

Auditions
Tuesday, August 6, 2024Aug 6, 7:00pm at Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, Seattle, WA
Tuesday, August 13, 2024Aug 13, 7:00pm at Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, Seattle, WA
Tuesday, August 20, 2024Aug 20, 7:00pm at Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, Seattle, WA
Dawn (40th anniversary season)
featuring Steve Dobrogosz's Te Deum
Sunday, November 24, 2024Nov 24, 3:00pm at Trinity Parish Episcopal Church, Seattle, WA
Day (40th anniversary season)
featuring Bach's Mass in G and a world premiere by Linda Kachelmeier
Sunday, March 16, 2025Mar 16, 3:00pm at Trinity Parish Episcopal Church, Seattle, WA
Dusk (40th anniversary season)
featuring Scheidt's Pentecost Magnificat
Sunday, June 8, 2025Jun 8, 3:00pm at Trinity Parish Episcopal Church, Seattle, WA

Description

At its founding in 1984 by Wallace Golecke, the Seattle Bach Choir performed music of the Baroque period, particularly by Johann Sebastian Bach. Over the years—under directors Lou Magor, Gregory Kent Vancil, and Anne Lyman—our repertoire expanded to include medieval through contemporary music. We continue to embrace this variety under our current artistic director, Daniel Mahraun, who has also brought a renewed focus on the music of Bach and his contemporaries, music that inspired Bach, and later music inspired by him.

Whether singing a cappella, with piano or organ, or with orchestra, our goal is to present high-quality, accessible performances of beautiful and significant—and, sometimes, seldom-performed—music. Recent programs have featured Bach’s St. John Passion and B minor Mass, his motets, Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, and the modern premiere of Johan Helmich Roman’s Funeral Music for King Frederick I. Other repertoire has included music by Bach’s German Lutheran forbears (Schütz, Schein, Scheidt, Vulpius, Walter, Buxtehude, Hammerschmidt, Gumpelzhaimer); larger works by Mozart, Vaughan Williams, Pärt, Martin, and Tyberg; and music by 21st-century composers Matthew Harris, Rosephanye Powell, Ola Gjeilo, Jocelyn Hagen, Caroline Shaw, and John Muehleisen.

Ensemble Photos

Seattle Bach Choir. Before our "All Night Vigil" concert, March 2019. Photo by Pinehurt Photography.
Seattle Bach Choir. Before our "All Night Vigil" concert, March 2019. Photo by Pinehurt Photography.