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.

Getting Personal: Chester L. Alwes

The News-Gazette featured our music director, Chet, in the Sunday, July 16, 2017 edition.

Take a look!

Music for Royalty


Sunday, July 23, 2017, 7:30pm

St. John Catholic Chapel
604 E. Armory, Champaign

Join us in a gala reunion concert featuring soprano soloist Sherezade Panthaki, violinists Sun-Young Gemma Shin and Maureen Murchie, and BACH cofounder Kerry Heimann playing organ continuo.
The BACH Chorus and Orchestra will be joined by several former BACH stalwarts for this gala reunion concert, which will include J.S. Bach’s cantata no. 21, a Vivaldi concerto for two violins, and Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass.”
Tickets: $20 adults; $10 students

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