A note to our beloved Guarantors ~ as we near the end of a season like no other…
With just a few months left in the Giving Bach Campaign, we are proud to announce that we have achieved 95% of our goal of $1.5 million! At this time, we ask for your support and donations to bring it to a “Fitting Finale.”
Like a number of Arts organizations, we have begun planning our return to live performance. Having established a dedicated audience for our virtual programs, we also look to sustain our expanded online presence. Your generous support enables us to move forward with optimism, mindful of the additional challenges the post-pandemic world has added to our organization.
If you haven’t contributed to Giving Bach or are able to give an additional gift of any amount, please consider the Creative and Media Collaborations Fund, which honors our departing Executive director, Bridget George, for an operating or endowment gift. Your donation will bring our campaign to a “Fitting Finale” in this challenging but special time of celebration, recognition, and transition.
In addition to the satisfaction they take from sustaining the mission of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Guarantors enjoy a variety of special benefits, including:
- Advance ticket sales
- Advance notification about season events
- Reserved Priority Seating throughout the Concert Season and at our annual Bethlehem Bach Festival performances
- A limited number of Priority Seats are available to Guarantors only for all Bach Choir concerts, including Christmas, Family, Spring and Festival performances.
- Invitations to receptions and other events
- Participation in the “Bach Buddy” program that offers 50% discount on tickets
- Exclusive Bach Choir News mailing, seasonal discounts and more
- Complimentary luncheon at the Bethlehem Bach Festival (membership levels apply)
—Anthony and Vickie Thompson, Bach Choir Guarantors
"The knowledge that our organization’s financial affairs are being managed in a conservative and prudent manner is a comfort to anyone who makes a gift to The Bach Choir of Bethlehem."
—Ginny and Randall Aires, Bach Choir Guarantors
“They haven’t missed a Bach Festival for the past 25 years. When asked to comment on their favorite aspects of the Festival, Ginny is quick to reflect on the uplifting spiritual renewal she experiences at each concert, while Randall speaks with great reverence about the Mass in B Minor, which he says has the same powerful effect and 'feels fresh' each time he experiences it."
—Margot Teleki, Bach Choir Guarantor
"Margot lives by her faith and believes that discovering The Bach Choir was divine intervention. 'This opened a Pandora’s box of fond memories of a life which I had left behind years ago. In discovering The Bach Choir, I felt I was at home.'”
Want to learn more? New to the program? Welcome!
Our Guarantor program was founded by our very first Bach Choir President, Charles Schwab. He was an enthusiastic benefactor of the arts who encouraged others to join him and ultimately launched our flourishing community of support. Because our ticket sales fund only a fraction of our expenses, our Guarantors help us support the artistic director and conductor’s programming each season and cover music and materials for our volunteer choir, who contribute more than 10,000 hours every year.
Your pledge will be maintained and invoiced annually, unless you make a change to the amount or exit the program. We’ll send you your Guarantor number with your official acknowledgement and welcome letter!
- Bach Choir – $125 – $249
- President – $250 – $499
- Conductor – $500 – $749
- Fred Wolle – $750 – $999
- S. Bach – $1000 – $2499
- Gloria – $2500 – $4999
- Sanctus – $5000 or more
Associate Guarantors levels:
- $50 – $120
New guarantors up to age 30 offer their support starting at the $50 level through $120 annually. They enjoy some of the advantages of the Guarantor program and often continue and grow their support of the Choir over the years.
“It brings me great pleasure to see and read about the impact my Mom’s memorial fund has made on the local community. Her legacy leaves behind the most beautiful gift in the world – music education.”
—Carol Porter, second generation Guarantor
Currently a Guarantor? Thank you!
“My family has been part of The Choir for over 90 years. It has enriched our lives deeply.”
—Evie Rooney, Washington, D.C.
We appreciate your ongoing and generous support. It has helped us create a nationally recognized program that maintains a standard of excellence in musical performance and enables us to offer community outreach programs to young and old alike. Thank you for your enthusiasm and commitment to our music and our mission!
Would you consider an increase in your pledge? As you review your commitment to the Choir, please consider a small increase to your pledge. Every dollar helps us offset our ever-increasing costs. You may also reach a higher giving level, which also means more benefits to you!
For more information about our Guarantor program, please contact:
Guarantor News and Special Events
“Where words leave off, music begins.”
A Message to our Guarantors…
To our Guarantors-
We are grateful for your understanding and appreciation of our continuing efforts to keep you connected to the music you love–music that inspires, comforts, and renews us, music that expresses, in a common language, all the feelings we cannot put into words.
Because of the generous committed support of our Guarantors, we have been able to advance our mission to inspire, engage and educate through the performance of Bach’s music for more than a century and through many challenging times.
Your continued support is essential to sustain The Bach Choir through these difficult times. We are grateful to you for your past contributions and for your consideration of our current and future needs.
Your ongoing enthusiasm for our mission encourages us and inspires us to look forward, and, with so many signs of spring around us, we can’t help but have hope for the future…and how can we keep from singing?
Wishing you all the best-
Cheryl Dungan, development officer
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SPOTLIGHT On Our Guarantors
by Cheryl Dungan
OUR GUARANTOR PROGRAM was founded by our first President, Charles Schwab, who encouraged others to join him in supporting The Bach Choir to ensure that this priceless gift to the community could flourish in the best times and endure during challenging times, like this. We are so grateful for his vision and for your sustaining support, which assures us that we can look forward to many successful seasons to come.
We hope that you are taking full advantage of all the ways that we are sharing choir news and the music you love with you during this time. You can stay up to date on our activities and learn more about the coming season at Bach.org and on Facebook, where you will also find links to our very special musical offerings and Moments of Comfort videos, created specifically for this time.
We are enjoying hearing from you with your reflections on favorite Festival and Bach Choir memories, and notes of appreciation. Your messages about how you are “comforting in place” by enjoying Bach’s music are helping to keep us connected and uplifted.
Our annual routine was to arrive in Bethlehem about 1:15, tailgate with light hors d’oeuvres, attend the sing-along, then enter Packer Chapel for “the experience”, then tailgate again during “halftime”. This year our little group here in Cornwall, Pa, will be recreating that ritual here the day of the would-be festival, listening to the Mass at the proper time. – Paul Freeland
My earliest images of the Bach Festival date to my youth and came from local newspapers which published pictures of folks seated outside Packer Chapel listening to the B Minor Mass as it ‘overflowed’ through the stained glass windows into the surrounding world. Bach’s music is always just like that. Albeit generated in and for a sacred space, it cannot – and should not – be confined to sacred spaces alone. In fact, whenever and wherever Bach’s music overflows in the world, there both time and space become sacred. – Rev. Ronald R. Miller, PhD
Enjoy these previous Guarantor Spotlight articles:
- A Tradition of Support, A Special Source of Inspiration to Us All!
- Bringing Family and friends to the Bach Festival
- In Loving Memory of James A. Simms
- Meet Howard Brown, Washington, D.C.
- Meet Jan Corrine MacClennan Kennedy
- Meet John Koontz and Family
- Meet Robert and Patsy Hassert, Strasburg, Virginia
- Meet Tom and Judy Hall
- Margot Teleki…Making a new home through The Bach Choir + Carol Porter…A second generation Guarantor family
- Meet Randolf and Virginia Aires
- Anthony and Vickie Thompson give leadership gift for Heckewelder House
- Charles Billmyer makes our latest gift to the Heckewelder House Fund