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.

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.

German Baroque Christmas

Sunday, December 18, 2016, 7:30 pm

WEATHER UPDATE: Our concert is on! Please allow extra travel time to safely navigate frozen streets and sidewalks.

Join us for a popular C-U holiday tradition—carols by the University H.S. Madrigals,selections from J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and a medley of traditional songs of the season for chorus and orchestra with audience participation.

Holy Cross Catholic Church, 405 W. Clark Street, Champaign

$20 General | $10 Students

Sing-Along Messiah

Sunday, November 27, 2016, 4 pm

First Baptist Church at Savoy, 1602 S. Prospect Avenue, Savoy

Sing the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah. Bring your own score or borrow one at the door. Free-will donation gratefully accepted.