Zimmermann's Coffee House

Auditions for Zimmermann’s Coffee House at our 113th Bethlehem Bach Festival in May, 2020 are being scheduled! Talented musicians in high school and college, who reside or attend a school within PMEA District 10, are encouraged to audition for this cafe style performance, offering chamber music and vocal performances. Ensembles encouraged to audition!

Audition eligibility requirements:

College or High School Students
Students must reside or study in PMEA District 10 (Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike or Schuylkill counties) or Bucks County.
Instrumentalists or singers of advanced ability
Baroque music for solo instruments and voices or ENSEMBLES (vocal or instrumental). Ensembles are very much encouraged.
Your audition piece does not have to be by Bach. We encourage a variety of Baroque music so that the program can be a varied and festive one with plenty of up tempo pieces included.
We can provide an accompanist if your piece requires one.
Each soloist/ensemble should prepare 6-8 minutes of music. (8 acts or up to 16 acts to be presented over the two Festival weekends will be chosen.)
Availability and commitment to the time-line outlined below.
Recommendation from teacher of private lessons by email to bridget@bach.org
To schedule an audition, students should contact Mike DeCrosta, Administrative Assistant, 610-866-4382, Ext 110, or mike@bach.org.

Click HERE for a PDF summary of Zimmermann’s Coffee House

Audition time frame:
First auditions: Friday, February 14 and Friday, February 21, 2020 – 1pm – 5pm

Final audition: Saturday, April 25 , 2020 – 10am – noon

Performance(s):
113th Bethlehem Bach Festival:
Zimmermann’s Coffee House, 7-9:30 pm on May 9 & 16, 2020

All auditions take place at the Bach Choir Office, the historic Heckewelder House.
440 Heckewelder Place
Bethlehem, PA 18018

The Chaconne Project

Bach Choir Chaconne project 2020 On Saturdays May 9 and 16, 10:30am, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University. Artistic director and conductor Greg Funfgeld has invited auditioned students to participate in a Bach Chaconne Project as part of the popular Bach Festival Orchestra’s Ifor Jones Chamber Music concert. This opportunity is modeled on the successful project facilitated by Dr. Larry Lipkis as part of our 2013 Family Concert and at our 2015 Bethlehem Bach Festival.

To view our Chaconne video, please click HERE

Click HERE for a PDF Summary of the Chaconne project.

Eight students (or up to 16 to perform over the two Festival weekends) will be chosen. The students will have five 60-minute sessions on Saturday mornings with Dr. Larry Lipkis, Composer-in-Residence and music professor at Moravian College. They will work on composing variations over the ground bass from Bach’s famous Chaconne in D Minor. Under the direction of Greg Funfgeld, the students will then perform these variations at the May 9 and 16 Festival concerts with the Bach Festival Orchestra playing the ground bass. Following the variations, the Chaconne will be played in its original form by the Festival’s Artist-in-Residence guitarist Eliot Fisk.

Audition eligibility requirements:
• Middle or High School students: (Grades 6-12)
• Students must reside or study in PMEA District 10 (Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe,
Northampton, Pike or Schuylkill counties) or Bucks county.
• Instruments – violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, trombone, classical guitar and voice.
• Students should prepare 4-5 minutes of Baroque music.
• Availability and commitment to the time-line outlined below
• Recommendation from teacher of private lessons by email to bridget@bach.org

Timeline:
• Auditions: Saturday, February 8 and Saturday, February 15, 10am – noon at The Bach Choir Offices  –  440 Heckewelder Place, Bethlehem, PA
• Five meetings/60-minute work sessions on Saturday mornings March 14, 21, 28 and April 4 & 25 at Moravian College Music Department
• Rehearsal with Bach Festival Orchestra Thursday evening May 7 at 7:30pm at Baker hall, Zoellner Arts Center
• Performances on May 9 and May 16, 2020, 10:30am at Zoellner Arts Center

Recommendation from teacher of private lessons by email to bridget@bach.org
To schedule an audition, students should contact Mike DeCrosta, Administrative Assistant, 610-866-4382, Ext 110, or mike@bach.org.