Nov 7 - Dec 31, 2019

Carmel Bach Festival


Our Mission is to celebrate the works, inspiration, and ongoing influence of J.S.Bach worldwide by immersing audiences in a festival experience integrating music, education and ideas, and by meaningful community engagement throughout the year. Our Vision is to be a world class festival of music and ideas transcending the traditional boundaries of performance and presentation, both at the Festival and in communities, and to provide fresh musical contexts that spark the imagination, stimulate the mind and enrich people's lives in multi-faceted ways.

The Big Idea

There are 3 elements to our project:
The Community Engagement program created "Crossing Cultures" in 2017, designed for elementary and middle school students in Seaside, Marina, and Salinas. This program sends chamber ensembles to school campuses to perform assemblies and provide coaching and masterclasses for instrumental programs. We began with a brass and percussion ensemble for the 2017-18 school year that performed for more than 5,000 students and will continue through 2019 with innovative woodwinds and strings ensemble concerts and clinics .

In 2019, we will initiate Sing Out Loud! (SOuL!), a songwriting residency that combines creative writing, music, movement, individual expression, and collaboration as a means to spark interest and inspired learning for 5th grade students while creating their own original songs; the program will be lead by Festival chorale member Alice Murray.

In 2018, we renewed our Young Artists Showcase Concert during the Festival. More than 30 students auditioned. We are looking to expand in 2019.

Our work supports ongoing efforts to advance music programs and create opportunities to experience the transformative power of live classical music.

The Festival is a great community event with beautiful music for every taste. It's a fantastic experience for me and everyone in my family.

- Susie Woodford