Donate to The Bach Choir of Bethlehem
Your donations of any value are greatly appreciated and can make a big difference for The Bach Choir. In the sections shown below, we list some of the ways that you can support our musicians, our performances and our programs.
Each year, our concerts and educational programs enrich the lives of more than 20,000 people of all ages from across the country and it is our privilege and pleasure to present them. Your one-time, annual or planned gifts enable us to “pay it forward” and help us preserve the legacy of The Bach Choir and advance our mission to share the music of J. S. Bach now and for generations to come. We are grateful to the individuals, corporations and agencies which help to sustain our organization.
Please give to The Bach Choir in 2020 – 2021!
Additional giving options include:
Give your cash gift to The Bach Choir
You may donate via check (through the mail), or make a secure donation by credit card (online or by phone).
Make a Donation through Your IRA
An IRA charitable rollover can be an easy and convenient way to make a gift from one of your major assets. Contact your financial advisor for advice about how a rollover could benefit you and The Bach Choir.
Give a Gift through the Donation of Appreciated Stock or Assets
Making a gift to The Bach Choir of stocks, bonds, insurance policies or mutual funds that have increased in value may provide you with specific tax benefits.
Consider a Planned Gift or Charitable Bequest to The Bach Choir
Your legacy gift can have a lasting impact and may be as simple as naming The Bach Choir as a beneficiary in your will, trust, life insurance policies, retirement plan, other assets.
Designate The Bach Choir to receive a donation through your company’s Matching Gift program
Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to contribute to charitable organizations. Check with your employer to see if they participate in a matching gift program as a way to increase the impact of your contribution to The Bach Choir.
There are many ways that you can make a charitable financial contribution to The Bach Choir, some of which may offer you tax advantages. Please contact us to discuss your wishes and always consult with your financial consultant for advice about how to make a tax-deductible contribution that could benefit The Bach Choir and you.
For more information, please contact:
440 Heckewelder Place
Bethlehem, PA 18018
The Bach Choir's European Tour, June 2021
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem was to be part of the 2020 BachFest “We Are Family,” held in Leipzig, Germany in June 2020. Sadly, like all large events, BachFest 2020 has been canceled and this programming concept has been postponed until 2022.
But we have good news to share in the face of this cancellation. Michael Maule, director of Bachfest Leipzig has graciously and generously given The Bach Choir of Bethlehem an opportunity to perform at the 2021 Bachfest instead. He knew how important it was to fulfill our dream of returning to Leipzig before the end of Greg Funfgeld’s tenure. We will be the featured choir in one of Bachfest’s most popular events – the “Motette” in the Thomaskirche on June 19, 2021. This is a Vespers Service, and we are honored to sing Bach’s Cantata 149, Man singet mit Freuden vom Sieg, and a motet to be decided. From Leipzig, we will continue as planned to give concerts in Herrnhut, Dresden and Prague.
Our Tag-Along group is SOLD OUT! If you’d like to be placed on a waiting list should a spot open up, or if you’d like to make a contribution to offset our tour expenses, please call: 610-866-4382 x 110.
Gifts of any amount will be greatly appreciated and will support the annual operations of the Choir. You may also designate your gift to support a specific fund or a project. For example, funds designated to our ongoing Youth Meets Bach program would help us sustain a number of educational outreach initiatives, including Bach at Noon, Bach 101, Bach to School, Family Concert, Festival Outreach and Youth Involvement and Bel Canto Youth Chorus of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem.
In Memoriam and Tribute Gifts
Your contribution of any amount may be given in memory of a family member or friend, or to honor a special person or celebrate a life event. Family members will be notified of your gift, and your donation will be acknowledged in our Festival program.
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem has been supported for over a century by our Guarantors – donors who choose to make an on-going annual commitment. Guarantors enjoy a variety of special benefits, which vary according to the giving level. Levels start at $125 annually, and funds support the general administrative and artistic operations of the Bach Choir organization and needs of our volunteer Choir.
Associate Guarantors Welcome!
Students, young professionals and family members of current guarantors under 30 may join as an Associate Guarantor for $50 – $120.
There is no better way to pass beloved Bach Choir traditions and the benefits you have enjoyed as a Guarantor along to a younger family member. Your Lifetime Guarantee donation of $25,000 may be made as an outright gift, a pledge with an initial deposit and a five-year payment plan or as part of your estate plan with an initial payment of $5,000. Your Lifetime Guarantee enables you to pass your member number and associated benefits on to one designated family member. Once you have established your Lifetime Guarantee, you will no longer pay an annual pledge. When your number passes to the designee, he or she will not pay an annual pledge.
Contact the Development Office for more information.
Endowment / Planned Gifts
Our endowment enables us to plan for a strong financial future for The Bach Choir of Bethlehem. All planned gifts are directed to our endowment and help us sustain and grow that fund. Planned gifts may be made in several ways:
Bequest: naming the Bach Choir as a beneficiary in your will
Insurance policy: designating The Bach Choir as beneficiary of an insurance policy
Please consult your financial advisor about funding using the following financial instruments:
- Charitable Lead or Remainder Trusts
- Income-Producing Charitable Gift Annuity
The Musical Excellence Fund
The Musical Excellence Endowment Fund includes undesignated funds to the endowment to sustain the Choir’s long-term objectives and enhances annual giving from individuals, foundations, corporations and government.
The following designated endowment funds allow for continuous contributions to specific areas in which The Bach Choir would like to increase activity or plan for capital expenses:
The Archives and History Fund — We are seeking a naming opportunity for this fund and establishing gifts are sought. These funds will support the culturally rich and diverse archival collection of The Bach Choir which contains materials of our over 100 year history.
Artistic Director and Conductor’s Fund — Introduced in 2017 for support of the salary of the artistic director and conductor of The Bach Choir.
The Joseph W. Ayers Maintenance Fund — This fund provides support for maintenance of The Choir’s musical instruments and office improvements and equipment.
The David & Carol Beckwith and Jack & Betsy Jordan Choir Recognition Fund — The over 90 volunteer singers in The Choir contribute over 10,000 hours each concert season in rehearsals and performances. This fund helps us subsidize the cost of musical scores and provides opportunities for musical and vocal enrichment and well-deserved expressions of appreciation, including our annual Choir dinner.
The Linda J. Danglemajer Educational Outreach Fund — These funds support our educational outreach programs including: Bach To School, Bach at Noon, Bach Choir Choral Scholars, and Family Concerts.
The Fairbairn Family Choir Development Fund — This fund helps support additional training activities for our Choir.
The Anthony R. Thompson & Vickie Ziegler Thompson Fund for Heckewelder House — This fund sustains the costs associated with operating the Bach Choir headquarters, including renovations, furnishing/equipment and annual costs such as rent, utilities and maintenance.
The Ifor Jones Memorial Chamber Music Concert Fund — This fund supports the chamber music concert series at our annual Festival.
The Recordings & Broadcasts Fund — A naming opportunity is still available for this fund which will support The Choir’s legacy of outstanding audio and video recordings. It also provides opportunities for archival recordings and expansion of local, regional and national broadcasts.
The Research & Scholarship Fund — A naming opportunity exists for this fund, designed to support continuing expansion of The Bach Choir’s research and scholarship activities.
Volunteers and Internships
Share your time and talent
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem welcomes members of the community to join our “family” and assist us with any number of events and activities throughout the season.
Our Hospitality Committee supports the Bach Choir staff’s efforts to ensure that our friends and patrons have the best possible experience at Bach Choir events!
Bach Choir friends and Choir alumni can help make our guests feel welcomed by serving in a number of ways:
- Bethlehem Bach Festival: Be present under the Hospitality Tent and to greet patrons, provide directions, answer questions about the Festival and the Choir, etc.
- Provide on-site assistance to our patrons at all events and concerts as needed
- Help with our special events and social receptions (planning, set-up, greeting, etc.)
- Share your ideas to help us develop new and interesting social opportunities
Concerts: Our ushers attend performances and assist with seating and program distribution, helping to ensure that our audience members have an enjoyable experience.
- Choose the concerts that fit your schedule, including our Bach at Noon performances, Festival concerts and events and others throughout the year in Bethlehem and Allentown.
- House Staff typically reports about one hour prior to the start of the concert, and helps collect any programs (or other items) left behind at the end of the performance.
- Based on seating availability, attendance at each performance is “comped” and House Staff enjoys it at no cost.
Office Assistance: Help Bach Choir staff prepare mailings or promotional materials, file paperwork and programs or perform other clerical tasks.
We welcome you to call the office and discuss ways you may be able to share your time and talent with us!
College students interested in exploring internships with the Choir are encouraged to inquire about opportunities with us. Please contact contact Bridget George, Executive Director at 610.866.4382 ext. 111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem Non-Profit Information
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem is recognized by the U.S. IRS as a non-profit corporation under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. The official registration and financial information of the Bach Choir may be obtained from the PA Department of State by calling toll-free within Pennsylvania: 1 800-732-0999.