The Salzburger Bachchor has established itself as an integral part of Austrian musical life. Its repertoire embraces, above all, the great choral works of the Baroque and Classical eras: by Bach (St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244), St. John Passion (BWV 245), the B-minor Mass (BWV 232), Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248)) and Händel (Messiah, Judas Maccabaeus, Alexanderís Feast, Israel in Egypt), Haydn (The Creation, The Seven Last Words of Christ, the Nelson and Theresien Masses), and Mozart (C-minor Mass, K. 427, and Coronation Mass), as well as compositions of the Romantic era and the 20th century, and a capella works. A vital component of the chorusís activity is its dedication to the works of Salzburg composers such as Johann Michael Haydn and Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber.
In addition to appearances at concerts of the Salzburg Bach Society, the International Mozart Week, and the Salzburg Jazz Festival (with the Dave Brubeck Quartet), the ensemble makes guest appearances at the Halle Händel Festival, the Baden-Baden Whitsun Festival, the Innsbruck Early Music Festival, and the Cöthen Bach Days. In recent years the Bachchor has developed a close relationship with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra in concerts at the Salzburg Festival, as well as with the Wiener Philharmoniker under conductors Sir Charles Mackerras and Leopold Hager. Another highpoint of the chorus's recent history was its participation in Mozartís Idomeneo in 2000, conducted by Michael Gielen, in the production by Ursel and Karl-Ernst Herrmann at the Salzburg Festival. During the past summers the Bachchor was heard in Salzburg Festival concerts conducted by Marc Minkowski and Ivor Bolton.
The chorus, which has been directed since 2003 by Alois Glassner, has numerous CD recordings to its credit, including works of Biber and