Bach Festival

The Department of Music at Whittier College hosts its annual Bach Festival to support its educational mission and to enhance the musical experiences of our students and the Southern California community.

Each spring, we bring a special emphasis to our Bach Festival. Past foci have included women who affected Bach’s musical compositions and the influence of his music in Latin America.In 2014 our focus will be "Bach and the Cantata."

Please join us for a week filled with the music of J.S. Bach. All concerts are presented in Memorial Chapel. ​For more information, please call 562.907.4237.

77th Annual Whittier College Bach Festival 

Film - Luther [2003]

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
7:30 pm @ Hoover 100
Event is free and open to the public.

Bach Musicale

Friday, April 4, 2014
​Noon @ Memorial Chapel
Event is free and open to the public.

Student and faculty performances of music by Bach and his contemporaries.

Love, Loss, Nonsense, and Coffee
...á la Zimmermann's Coffee House in Leipzig.

Friday, April 4, 2014
8 p.m. @ Memorial Chapel
$20 general admission. $15 for seniors. $5 for students.
Free to Whittier students, faculty, and staff.

Horizon Chamber Players &  Soloists

​The Horizon Chamber Players conducted by Christian Campos perform secular cantatas by J.S. Bach, including the popular "Coffee Cantata" (BWV 211). Joining the ensemble are soloists sopranos Diana Newman and Amelia Tobiason, tenor Jon Lee Keenan, and world renowned baritone Rod Gilfry.

Music by J.S. Bach— 
Non sa che sia dolore (BWV 209)
Schwingt freudig euch empor (from BWV 36C)
Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht ("The Coffee Cantata") (BWV 211)

Choral Concert – Chorale Bel Canto

Saturday, April 5, 2014
4 p.m. @ Memorial Chapel
$20 general admission. $17 for seniors. $5 student rush at the door.
For tickets to this concert only, 888-460-9222 or

Cantata 11: Ascension Oratorio
Cantata 80: A Mighty Fortress

Chorale Bel Canto and Orchestra
Stephen Gothold, Conductor 
Tamara Bevard, Soprano 
Carin Gilfry, Mezzo 
Jon Keenan, Tenor 
Marty Schaefer, Bass

Harpsichord Recital - Raymond Erickson

Sunday, April 6, 2014
8 p.m. @ Memorial Chapel
$10 general admission. $5 for seniors and students.
Free to Whittier students, faculty, and staff.

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