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Oratory Bach Ensemble (Chamber Choir & Period-Instrument Orchestra)

Founded: 2012 - Minnesota, USA

Oratory Bach Ensemble is a professional chamber choir and period instrument orchestra striving to present world-class performances of J.S. Bach's sacred cantatas within historically informed worship services. As soloists, theologians, and music historians, we hope to transform the antiquity of Baroque music into concert experiences of powerful relevancy through: exceptional artistry, honored authenticity, and engaged community.

The musicians in Oratory Bach Ensemble are members of The Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival, Colorado Bach Project, Lyra Baroque Orchestra, VocalEssence, Apollo Master Chorale, and The Singers. They gather together with audiences to engage in the marvels and mysteries of Bach.

They strive to be servants to score, viewing cantatas through a theological, historical, and musical lens - an approach of joy, awe, and humility. They play on Baroque-period instruments to capture the tone and timbre of the period. And we perform J.S. Bach's sacred cantatas in worship - just as they originally were - to better experience his interpretations of theology through song.

They are reminded that Bach's cantatas are not artifacts, but artwork written for a people, a place, and a purpose. Therefore, they strive to connect the then with the now by engaging concert goers, online listeners, and donors alike as essential, dynamic voices.

The Founder and Artistic Director of Oratory Bach Ensemble is Matthew J. Olson

Members of Oratory Bach Ensemble (2012-2016):





Bethany Battafarano
Anna Christofaro
Linh Kauffman
Mari Scott
Carrie Henneman Shaw
Sonja Dutoit Tengblad
Sara Lin Yoder

Krista Costin
Emily Greenleaf
Clara Osowski
Barbara Prince
Jo Anne Taylor
Nicole Warner

John Grau
Roy Heilman
Michael Hoffman

Seth Keeton
Aaron Larson
Justin Staebell
Timothy C. Takach


Violins: Marc Levine, Kayla Moffett, Miriam Scholz-Carlson
Violas: Steve Staruch, Emily Hagen
Cello: Christy Libbus
Viola da gamba: Julie Elhard
Double-bass: David Williamson
Oboes: Stanley King, Ellen Rider
Bassoon: Joseph Jones
Organ: Tami Morse, Steve Self, Kraig Windschitl


Source: Oratory Bach Ensemble Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (January 2017)

Matthew J. Olson: Short Biography | Oratory Bach Ensemble | Recordings of Vocal Works

Links to other Sites

Oratory Bach Ensemble (Official Website)
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