The Lexington Bach Choir was founded by Richard Sowers in 2007 while Dean of the AGO (American Guild of Organists). As leaders of the Lexington Chapter, Sowers, Marlon Hurst, and Clif Cason launched the first Bach Marathon, sponsored by the Guild. They programmed Bach cantata literature and formed a temporary ensemble of singers and orchestra players. From this, Sowers formed the Lexington Bach Choir and presented its first concert in November 2007. When Sowers became Director of Music for the Williamsburg UMC in Virginia, he asked Hurst to assume the role of Artistic Director in his stead.
Under Hurst’s outstanding leadership, the Lexington Bach Choir became a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization and subsequently, following the dissolution of the Louisville Bach Society, changed its name to the Kentucky Bach Choir with the intent to share Bach’s music with the greater Commonwealth beyond the Bluegrass region. To date, in addition to its regular concert performances in Lexington, the Kentucky Bach Choir has performed throughout the state in Louisville, Berea, Richmond, Danville, Paris, Frankfort, Williamsburg, and Maysville.
Easter Tidings, Spring 2008
Tates Creek Presbyterian Church