School is an innovative and imaginative educational outreach program
that was launched in 1993 and has now been presented for more than 60,000
Bach to School presents eightassembly programs (each
lasting approximately one hour) in school districts throughout the
Lehigh Valley and in the surrounding region, reaching a total of more
than 5000 students. The programs are presented in November, December
and April by an ensemble of approximately 30 singers and 15 instrumentalists,
conducted by Greg Funfgeld. Different versions of the program are
targeted for elementary, middle and high schools. All Lehigh Valley school
districts are invited to apply for participation in the program on a rotating
basis except for Bethlehem Area School District,which has an ongoing
commitment to participate every year.
are prepared for the assembly programs through classroom
lessons. The lessons are taught with the enthusiastic involvement
of school music teachers who have been given in-service training sessions
and resource materials by members of The Choir. Resource materials include
books, videos, CDs and sample lesson plans. Lesson plans on Bach are geared
for three different levels - elementary, middle and high school. The resulting
receptivity of the children is outstanding. They look forward to the program
with eager anticipation, know what to expect, and know what is expected
of them in order to be a truly engaged and listening audience.
programs involve lively interaction with Conductor Greg Funfgeld,
who has a flair for communicating with young people. The program includes
a repertoire of seven Bach pieces orchestral and choral.
The heart of the program is the section where The "Gloria" from the Mass
in B Minor is taken apart voice by voice and instrument by instrument,
then put back together again to demonstrate the genius of Bachs
fugal writing and orchestration. Mr. Funfgeld helps children to see the
parallels between music, academics, sports and their own personal lives
by talking about the emotions and creativity of the music, the fruits
of practice, and the joy of working together on something that you love.
School has received wide acclaim from teachers and students. The program
with the instructional program of public schools throughout the Lehigh
part of the regular academic program of the public schools but enhances
the curriculum and academic program of the schools
instructional materials, instructors and instruction not provided by
the public schools.
Bach To School?
the joy of Bachs music to a diverse student population, including
many students who have never been to a classical music concert before.
the spark of a live encounter with professional and dedicated volunteer
musicians to inspire children with the love of learning and the arts
an interest in Bach as a genius through an imaginative exploration of
his life, times, personality and influence in musical history.
awareness of the importance of classical music, especially Bach, in
the heritage of Bethlehem.
an understanding of the Bach Choirs existence and functioning,
and appreciation for the concept of community service or involvement
as exemplified by members of The Choir.
a new generation of classical music audiences and artists.
is catching! Read
what some of the children who have attended Bach To School have to say.
Farmersville Elementary Third Grade
Bach Choir, I LOVED your music. You guys and girls rock my world." Your
biggest fan, Samantha
"Thank you for entertaining me. It was very fun listening to your music.
Your choir is very talented." --Danny
"I really liked when you sang in German because my Oma is German." Kelsey
"Dear Bach Choir, Thank you for the wonderful performance. I Loved It.
I cant wait to hear you again in May! I just hope I can wait that
Allentown: Muhlenberg Elementary School Fifth Grade
Mr. Funfgeld and the Bach Choir, Thank you for this wonderful, and extraordinary
lifetime experience!" Alex
"I like old musicians like Chopin, Mozart, Liszt and, of course, Bach.
It was very well done. I liked learning about the piccolo trumpet. I
never knew that piccolo meant small. Thank you again. I loved the concert!"
"Thank you for sharing Bachs wonderful music with us. I hope that
his music will keep passing on for generations and generations." Laura
"I thought I would never hear music that good in my life. That music
really touched me. I couldnt believe I was so close. I like closing
my eyes because the music is so soothing. I dont think I could
sing like that in a million years." Emily
"I can tell that the songs came from the hearts of the singers. You
must be proud to be role models for kids that saw this. You guys showed
me I should never give up." Chris
"I want to thank you for giving us the opportunity to come watch you
and the choir. I didnt even know about the Bach Choir until Mrs.
Fennell started teaching us about it in music class. I loved the music
that the choir sang. They put a lot of effort into it and I am proud
of them." Ashley
Stroudsburg School District: Seventh and Eighth Grades
will be forever thankful for that music because when I heard it, it
was like all my problems came and drifted with the music away from me."
"You are an extremely talented group. You all sang in such unison and
it was very enjoyable. Everyone looked so professional and it made me
want to join a choir like yours one day." Lisa
"I feel your Bach to School program is a great idea. Not
many children are educated on great musicians like Bach so this was
a nice opportunity for them as well as myself. Its not everyday
a world famous choir comes to your school. Thank you." Jessica
"I liked that I could compare a professional chorus to our schools
7th and 8th grade chorus. I learned more vowel shape and tone quality
from the assembly. I found it amazing how high sopranos can go and how
low an alto can go without disrupting the balance. Thanks again for
allowing me and my peers to see how a professional chorus is organized."
thought that your choir and band was great. It really seemed like everyone
had a wonderful time. The bands music sounded complicated. The
choir sounded in tune. I had fun." Alex