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Richard Waters, Artistic Director

Roberta Chase-Borgatti, President

Susan Byars, Past President
Dianne Bazell, Vice President

Rod Brotherton, Treasurer

Nancy Vickers, Secretary

Richard Sowers, Founder

Members at Large


Jonathan Allison

Beth Arnold

Rick Dirksen

Joseph Jones

Meg Saunders

Whit Whitaker


The mission of the Kentucky Bach Choir is to inspire, engage, and educate audiences through exceptional performances of distinguished musical works by Johann Sebastian Bach and other significant composers, presented by professional musicians of the highest caliber.


July 1,2023



The Board of Directors of the Kentucky Bach Choir is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Waters as its third Artistic Director beginning with the 2023-24 season. Waters succeeds Marlon Hurst, who led the Choir from 2009 to 2023.


“I am honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with some of the finest musicians in the region and look forward to building upon the legacy established by Marlon Hurst and others,” said Waters.


Founded in 2007 by Richard Sowers, the Kentucky Bach Choir presents distinguished choral masterworks of J. S. Bach and other composers of like stature at a high level of artistic excellence. "We are thrilled that Richard Waters has accepted our invitation to be the next Artistic Director of the Choir! He is uniquely qualified to step into this role, given his vast choral experience, and we are all eager to start working with him on our next season,” said Susan Byars, Choir President, and Roberta Chase-Borgatti, chair of the search committee.


Waters is Director of Choral Activities, Voice Area Coordinator, and Professor of Music at Eastern Kentucky University, where he directs two choirs, teaches courses in conducting and choral literature, and oversees the graduate choral conducting program. In addition to his university responsibilities, he conducts the annual Stephen Foster Summer Music Camp High School Choir at EKU, is the Chancel Choir Director at First Christian Church in Richmond, and maintains an active schedule as a composer, clinician, and adjudicator. He holds degrees in music education and choral conducting from James Madison University (B.M.), the Hartt School of Music (M.M.), and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (D.M.A.). In 2022, he received the Robert K. Baar Choral Excellence Award, presented annually by the Kentucky chapter of the American Choral Directors Association in recognition of service to the choral art and dedication to the promotion of music education in the state. 


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