History & Mission:
The Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival is a week-long summer music festival devoted to promoting an appreciation and understanding of the music of J.S. Bach and a featured composer, country, era or people. The festival takes place on the campus of Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Three featured concerts, daily noon concerts, open rehearsals, and a Sunday Leipzig service infuse the Valley with an unequaled musical richness.
The orchestra includes fine professional instrumentalists from all over the country who travel to Harrisonburg each June for one week of intense rehearsals and vibrant performances.
The volunteer Festival Choir allows community vocalists, who may be amateurs or professionals, to sing the most celebrated works of the orchestral-choral repertoire. The quality of the choir is first-rate and represents a blending of singers involved in a variety of local choral programs. This music festival has come to represent artistic excellence in the central Shenandoah Valley.
1st Festival: Jun 17-20, 1993
2nd Festival: Jun 12-19, 1994 (Bach & American Music)
3rd Festival: Jun 11-18, 1995 (Bach & Mendelssohn)
4th Festival: Jun 16-23, 1996 (Bach & Mendelssohn II)
5th Festival: Jun 15-22, 1997 (Bach & Schubert)
6th Festival: Jun 14-21, 1998 (Bach & Music of the Americas)
7th Festival: Jun 13-20, 1999 (Bach & Russian Music)
8th Festival: Jun 11-18, 2000 (Bach & Forward)
9th Festival: Jun 10-17, 2001 (Bach y la Música de Cuba)
10th Festival: Jun 16-23, 2002 (Ten)
11th Festival: Jun 15-22, 2003 (Journey)
12th Festival: June 13-20, 2004
13th Festival: June 12-19, 2005 (Bach & a few other Bs)
14th Festival: Jun 11-18, 2006 (Mostly Bach)
15th Festival: Jun 10-17, 2007 (Bach & some admirers)
16th Festival: Jun 8-15, 2008 (Bach & String Things)
17th Festival: Jun 14-21, 2009 (Bach & Handel)
18th Festival: Jun 13-20, 2010 (Bach & American Music)
19th Festival: Jun 12-19, 2011 (Bach & Mozart)
20th Festival: Jun 10-17, 2012 (Twenty)
21st Festival: Jun 9-16, 2013 (Bach, Verdi & Britten)
22nd Festival: Jun 8-15, 2014 (Hear)
23rd Festival: Jun 14-21, 2015
24th Festival: Jun 12-19, 2016