Welcome to BACH!

The Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois ("BACH"), was founded in 1996 for the purpose of teaching, learning, and performing music of the Baroque era. 

BACH is a not-for-profit organization offering vibrant, historically-informed performances of music from the 17th and 18th centuries.

We are very excited for our 2016 season. Please check our calendar and join us!


Music Director, Dr. Chester L. Alwes

BACH specializes in vibrant, historically-informed performances of music from the 17th and 18th centuries. It is the only professional ensemble in Illinois outside Chicago solely dedicated to live performances of works by Bach, Handel, Purcell, Monteverdi, Corelli, Vivaldi, Schütz, Rameau, Couperin, and other Baroque composers.

A not-for-profit organization, BACH was named "Chamber Ensemble of the Year 2000" by the Illinois Council of Orchestras. It receives support from the Illinois Arts Council, as well as many generous local donors — individual and corporate.

The Genius of Heinrich Schütz



Sunday, May 21, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
University Place Christian Church
403 S. Wright Street, Champaign

Heinrich Schütz introduced the baroque style to Germany. The BACH Chorus and Orchestra
showcase the spectrum of his innovative compositions—from elaborate polychoral concertos,
to traditional motets, to his championing of concertos for solo singers.
$20 General/$10 Students

YBAC Concert




Sunday, April 2, 2017, 7:30 p.m. at McKinley Presbyterian Church, 809 S 5th St, Champaign


BACH welcomes the winners of the Young Baroque Artists Competition, who will perform their competition pieces.

The BACH Chorus, singers from area high schools, and members of the Choral Union will also perform Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine and Mozart’s Ave verum corpus and Dixit Dominus (from Solemn Vespers) KV339. Reception to follow.

Tickets $10 (cash or check at the door)

YBAC Forms and Deadlines

If you know a young person, 13 to 18 years old, who would like to compete in our Young Baroque Artists Competition, you can download the entry form from our site. First round audition music must be submitted in mp3 format by February 15, 2017. Live auditions for finalists will be February 26. See the competition form for all the details, including rules, prizes, and so on. Winners must be available to perform in our winners showcase on April 2, 2017.