James’ Blog

Bach’s Enduring Influence

As a music student, I had to study 18th-century counterpoint as a core curriculum.  Simply put, the content of that class was how to write a fugue -- like Bach did. For those who are not familiar with the term, a fugue is a contrapuntal composition in which a short...

The Colorado Bach Ensemble Story

In 2011, Colorado State University hosted a National Collegiate Choral Organization’s biennial conference in Fort Collins. This was a gathering of nearly 500 collegiate choral directors from across the country participating in performances, lectures, reading sessions,...

Our Community of Musicians

Performing Bach is challenging, especially for those of us who don’t get to perform this music often. This summer, I had a chance to visit Leipzig (where Bach worked for 27 years) and hear the St. Thomas Boys Choir for the first time. These young men and boys continue...

Our Awesome 2016 Season

Bach's Enduring Legacy In 1997, I heard a live performance of St. Matthew Passion in Germany under the direction of Helmuth Rilling. That experience simply changed my life. 20 years later, I had the honor of performing it again in Colorado with some amazing musicians...

Bach’s Early Cantatas: Rare and Exquisite

“I worked hard. Anyone who works as hard as I did can achieve the same results.”   These are the words of Johann Sebastian Bach, who remains as one of the most productive composers of all time.  More than 1,126 works are currently surviving, and we don’t really know...

What Makes Our Performance of Messiah Special?

Many would agree that Handel’s Messiah is probably the most revered oratorio of all time, and its popularity is somewhat similar to the Nutcracker, especially during the Holiday season. Although originally written for Easter season, Handel’s Messiah has become more...

Get to Know Colorado Bach Ensemble

What are we all about? Colorado Bach Ensemble is a professional organization. In fact, we are the only group of professional singers AND instrumentalists under one artistic directorship in this state (and one of the very few in the country). It means that I, as the...

Bach is Everywhere!

Bach is Everywhere! More than we think, Bach’s music is prevalent in our lives. You may not recognize the titles of the tunes, but we hear them all the time from the movies, radios, celebrations, and at dinner tables: Goldberg Variations, Air on the G string, Minuet...

Colorado Bach Ensemble is now an SCFD organization!

Colorado Bach Ensemble is now an SCFD organization! Colorado Bach Ensemble was founded in 2012 with a mission of performing the music of J.S Bach, mainly focusing on his vocal works. I felt a need was there to provide Coloradans the opportunity to hear some of the...