In the late 1990s, The Bach Festival of Philadelphia's web site emerged as a central resource for Bach organizations worldwide. We recognized that there is a natural sense of community among Bach lovers, based on shared spiritual and aesthetic values expressed in Bach's music. This naturally existing community represents an enormous potential for good, both for individuals and groups, and as a model of global community. It was thus our aim to realize this potential in The Global Bach Community and its communication arm,

Mission Statement

We are committed:

Member Organizations

The Global Bach Community was founded to assist local Bach organizations in raising funds and sharing Bach information. Our membership roster includes the following prestigious Bach organizations. To learn more, visit our Membership page.

Board of Directors

Samuel T. Swansen, J.D., President

Former Secretary, The Bach Festival of Philadelphia

Marilyn Mason, Sac.Mus. D., Vice President

University Organist and Chair, Organ Department, University of Michigan

Toni Vogel Carey, Ph.D., Secretary

Former President, The Bach Festival of Philadelphia

Dennis P. Schmidt, D.M.A., Treasurer

Minister of Music, Grace Lutheran Church, Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania

Advisory Board

Abraham Abreu

Bach Academy Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela

Ton Koopman

Organist; Artistic Director & Conductor, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir

Michael Marissen

Daniel Underhill Professor of Music, Swarthmore College

Helmuth Rilling

Director, Bachakademie Stuttgart; Director, Oregon Bach Festival

Christoph Wolff

Director, Bach-Archiv Leipzig; Wm. Powell Mason Professor of Music, Harvard University

Be a Board Member

To be considered for a position on the Board of Directors or the Advisory Board, please email us with any relevant information.