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Columbus Bach Ensemble (Baroque Ensemble)

Founded: 2001 - Columbus, Ohio, USA


In the summer of 2000, Christine Shumway Mortine was accepted to the internationally acclaimed Oregon Bach Festival, where she studied with conductor Dr. Helmuth Rilling. This event was the turning point and the birth of Columbus Bach Ensemble (= CBE) for Christine Shumway Mortine. Upon returning to Columbus, she began to establish a strong working board, contact musicians and raise funds. The company was incorporated in December 2000 and received 501©3 tax exempt status shortly thereafter. CBE presented its first performance on December 1, 2001 in the St. Turibius Chapel of the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio to a standing room only house. Through hard work, consistent high quality and community support CBE continues to grow and perform in central Ohio. As a part of the Josephinum Music Series i Fiori Musicali, Columbus Bach Ensemble will begin its 4th season with J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor (BWV 232) Saturday, November 6 and Sunday, November 7, 2004.


Foster a better understanding and appreciation of Baroque music.

The mission of the Columbus Bach Ensemble (CBE) is to educate, entertain, excite and enrich listeners of all ages by presenting live performances of the highest possible quality representing repertoire for chamber orchestra, always including an element of the human voice. Works by J.S. Bach will be a founding base, with representation of literature from the time before and after Bach. It is the philosophy and ultimate goal of the Columbus Bach Ensemble to present three live main stage concerts annually as well as chamber recitals; contribute to the education of students through mentorship, outreach programs, and invitations to play in the orchestra; and finally, to maintain fiscal, artistic and humanitarian integrity throughout. CBE is committed to fostering growth, change and talent within our community’s artistic possibilities.

Source: Columbus Bach Ensemble (N/A; Version from August 23, 2006)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (March 2014)

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