Welcome to BACH!

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

BACH is a non-profit organization offering vibrant, historically-informed performances of music from the 17th and 18th centuries.


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 Director Emeritus, 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 East Armory, Champaign

Join us in a gala reunion concert featuring soprano soloist Sherezade Panthaki, violinists Sun-Young Gemma Shin and Maureen Murchie, and BACH co-founder 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

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As always, we thank you for your support in ways large and small!