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
Jun 12-19, 1994 (Bach & American Music)
Jun 11-18, 1995 (Bach & Mendelssohn)
Jun 16-23, 1996 (Bach & Mendelssohn II)
Jun 15-22, 1997 (Bach & Schubert)
Jun 14-21, 1998 (Bach & Music of the Americas)
Jun 13-20, 1999 (Bach & Russian Music)
Jun 11-18, 2000 (Bach & Forward)
Jun 10-17, 2001 (Bach y la Música de Cuba)
10th Festival: Jun 16-23, 2002
Jun 15-22, 2003 (Journey)
12th Festival: June 13-20, 2004
June 12-19, 2005 (Bach & a few other Bs)
Jun 11-18, 2006 (Mostly Bach)
Jun 10-17, 2007 (Bach & Some Admirers)
Jun 8-15, 2008 (Bach & String Things)
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
21st Festival: Jun 9-16, 2013 (Bach, some Verdi & Britten, and some drama)