The support of our Guarantors provides the Choir with an important base of funding for the needs of our volunteer choir, our performances and community programs. We simply could not offer nor sustain the Choir and offer the quality of programming that we do without our wonderful family of Guarantors. Joining this group of supporters – some 500 strong from across the country and around the world – is an outstanding way to express your appreciation of the Choir and help fund it well into the future.
“I hope I will be like you. Thank you for the beautiful music. One day I want to play the piccolo trumpet.”
—Anya, Bethlehem middle school student and Bach to School audience member.
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 for our annual Bethlehem Bach 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!
We are integrating our new payment system, please stay tuned.
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…
It was wonderful to greet so many of our loyal Guarantors and their friends and families at the 111th Bethlehem Bach Festival!
The 2018 Festival was a true celebration of some key milestones for our Bach Choir organization, including our 120th anniversary and Greg’s 35th year as Artistic Director and Conductor. We marked these occasions with special events, Champagne toasts, and, of course, the excellent musical performances of The Bach Choir, Bach Festival Orchestra and our wonderful guest soloists.
In this special anniversary year, we recognize the significant role that our Guarantors have played in helping to support The Bach Choir and our mission for more than a century. We are very grateful for your annual gifts which sustain The Choir and inspire our commitment to the music of J.S. Bach and our vision for the future.
You can help us close the current season on a high note, by satisfying your outstanding 2017-18 pledge by June 30th! If you have fulfilled your current pledge, please consider paying your 2018-19 pledge in advance of the new season. We encourage you to reflect on your giving level and make an increase in your annual gift, if you are able. Your increase of any amount will have a big impact in offsetting the rising costs of our essential choir expenses.
With your on-going and generous support, we can continue to share the music of J. S. Bach and The Bach Choir with a new generation.
Cheryl Dungan, Development Officer
We will post pictures from the 111th Festival in the coming weeks. Please “like us” on Facebook and visit Bach.org to share in the celebration and share the joy of The Bach Choir with your friends and family!
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Please take a few minutes to read our latest Bach Choir News articles and learn about a few of the interesting and generous people who are part of our Guarantor family!
Meet Guarantors Tom and Judy Hall
Tom and Judy Hall met while they were students at The University of Arizona in the early 1960’s. They could not have known that half a century later they’d be retired in Northeastern Pennsylvania enjoying the music of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and become Guarantors and strong supporters of the arts in the region…but that’s what happened. Tom had a chance to go to Rutgers University after graduation from Arizona, and stayed to earn a Ph.D and a law degree. After giving birth to four children, Judy returned to college, got her BSN at Trenton State and her MSN at Rutgers-Newark and worked in a variety of challenging nursing positions, retiring from a public health position with the New Jersey Department of Health in 2008.Tom practiced law in Northern and Central New Jersey.
While they loved the mountains, lakes and people of Northeastern Pennsylvania, they were worried about leaving the cultural opportunities afforded by living near New York and Philadelphia. That was one needless concern! Judy puts it this way: “With the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, the many community theater groups, the Acadia Chorale and the dozens of chamber groups in the region, we have wonderful opportunity to enjoy the performing arts nearly every week.”
With their children spread throughout the world, the Halls enjoy a lot of travel, which is also culturally enriching.
The Halls thank long time Bach Choir Guarantor Peggy Fulmer for introducing them to The Bach Choir. As ambassadors for the arts, the Halls are committed to increasing awareness about the value and importance of supporting the arts, by attending performances and through financial contributions.
“The days of dukes and princes supporting the arts are long gone”, said Tom, “ and governmental support for the arts–which we regard as essential for a complete life—is a small fraction of what is needed.” Judy noted, “If we don’t support the arts, our lives are poorer—and the chances for our children and grandchildren to hear this music are diminished.”