Dr. Chester L. Alwes, Music Director, is professor emeritus of music at the University of Illinois. As a member of the school of music faculty from 1982-  2011, he conducted the U of I Concert Choir, the Oratorio Society, and the Women's Glee Club, as well as the University of Illinois, Illini, and  Champaign-Urbana Symphony orchestras. He participated in the planning of major symposia on the music of Heinrich Schütz and Henry Purcell, and was  a featured conductor at both. He taught graduate courses in the history of choral literature. An acknowledged authority on the performance practice of  early music, he has written articles, edited music, and given lectures across the country. His long-awaited book, A History of Western Choral Music,  is currently in production by the Oxford University Press. Among his proudest achievements is the success of his students, both at the university level  and in the professional world. That continuing interest was acknowledged in 2000 when Dr. Alwes received the University of Illinois Graduate College’s  Award for Outstanding Mentoring of Graduate Students. As a composer, Dr. Alwes has published primarily with the Roger Dean Music Company, Oxford  University Press, Mark Foster Music, and Augsburg-Fortress. The founding of BACH in 1996, like his founding of Musica Sacra in Louisville, Kentucky, in  1971, represented the fulfillment of a long-held dream of working with a small group of dedicated musicians in the performance of Baroque repertory.

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2016-2017 Board of Directors

Chester Alwes, Music Director
Paula Bachman, Treasurer
Janice Bahr, President
Rebecca Bigelow, Manager
Dee Breeding
Linda Buzard
Cindy Duffy
Marilyn Marshall, Secretary
Richard Murphy
Anne Robin
Marlys Scarbrough, Vice President
Sarah Scott
Andrea Solya
Herbert Whitely
Barbara Zachow

Honorary Board Members

Judi Geistlinger
Kerry Heimann
John Setterlund
Nicholas Temperley
Deborah Townsend