925 Aurora Avenue
c/o Marlon G. Hurst
Lexington KY 40502
Contact Information
Address 925 Aurora Avenue
c/o Marlon G. Hurst
Lexington, KY 40502
Phone (859) 229-1469
Contact Name Marlon Hurst
At A Glance
Former Names
Lexington Bach Choir
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Mailing a check; online donations through the Web site, via PayPal
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement  The mission of the Kentucky Bach Choir is to perform the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and other master composers of like stature; enlightening, entertaining and educating audiences about the life and work of Johann Sebastian Bach and similar master composers; presenting musical works through the single and combined talents of chorus and orchestra; and to provide professional performing opportunities with high artistic standards for exceptional singers and instrumentalists.
Background Statement

The choir was founded in 2007 by Richard Sowers as the Lexington Bach Choir.  In 2009, Marlon Hurst was appointed as the Artistic Director, a Board of Directors was formed, and by-laws were adopted.  In 2010 the choir applied for and was granted 501(c)(3) status.  In 2011, the Bach Choir initiated a vocal competition for college and university students, offering prize money and future performance opportunities to the competition winners.  In 2012, with the announced dissolution of the Louisville Bach Society, the Board of the Lexington Bach Choir voted to change the name of the organization to the Kentucky Bach Choir for the purpose of broadening their scope and mission to perform the music of J. S. Bach and other master composers to a wider audience.

Since 2009, in efforts to broaden their impact in the community and region, the Kentucky Bach Choir has collaborated with the Lafayette High School Madrigal Singers, the Tates Creek High School Choir, the Lexington Ballet, the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra and the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performed concerts in Lexington, Louisville, Frankfort, Paris, Georgetown, Danville, Berea, Harrodsburg and Mt. Sterling.

Impact Statement

Increased receipts from our Annual Fund campaign.
Increased attendance at concerts.
Perform a "lite" concert to help diversify audience through broader appeal.
Secured repeat sponsorship for the annual Vocal Competition.

Diversify funding streams.
Undergo Board Training and create Vision plan.
Perform a large-scale work by J. S. Bach with orchestra. 
Needs Statement

Increase exposure and recognition of the Bach Choir as an accomplished and skilled musical organization in the community.

Train the Board to better manage the affairs of the organization as we grow in stature and artistic scope.

Increase our budget to provide Artistic Director with an annual stipend, and to more adequately compensate the choral singers. ($10,000)
Increase our advertising and publicity budget ($5,000)
Increase our instrumental budget to allow for multiple run-out performances to rural areas ($10,000) 
Board Chair Statement
Since its founding in 2007, the Kentucky Bach Choir has performed two concert series each Fall and Spring in Lexington and venues outside their immediate area, including among others Danville, Louisville, Mt. Sterling and Harrodsburg, as part of our regular season of four performances.  Performing outside the Lexington area allows the choir to share the repertoire with audiences that might not otherwise have the opportunity to hear such music. Using this structure allows us to fulfill both our aims of performing the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and other composers of merit with excellence and sharing it with lesser-served audiences.  In addition, it has been our aim to share this high quality music with area high school choirs by inviting them to perform with the Bach choir, thus enhancing our mission of sharing the music of the masters not only with audiences outside Lexington, but also with the upcoming generation of musicians.  
We have experienced great success in presenting the incomparable music of Bach in an artistic, authentic manner and have received acclaim and praise from our audiences.  
Our challenges are to build our audience by getting the word out about the quality of the music we present and generating funds to support this endeavor.
To this end, we use the media (both print and electronic) to advertise concerts and promote ticket sales.  We look for every opportunity to tell people about the choir and to expose them to the high quality of the music  performed. Since it is always a challenge to get the attention of the public and the media, we work very hard to make that happen.
I chose to volunteer as a Board member because I believe choral music, especially the music of Bach, enriches our lives and I wanted to take part in supporting this organization that performs with excellence music of such high quality.  As an organization we are dedicated to sharing this music in its purest form with the people of Kentucky.    
Geographic Areas Served
Board Chair
Board Chair Susan Byars
Company Affiliation Retired
Term July 2013 to June 2015
Board Members
Cecil B. ArnoldCommunity VolunteerVoting
Rod BrothertonCommunity VolunteerVoting
Susan ByarsRetiredVoting
John ChristopherRetiredVoting
Richard DirksenCommunity VolunteerVoting
William James MarshallRetiredVoting
Audrey RooneyRetiredVoting
Daniel RowlandRetiredVoting
Margaret SaundersCommunity VolunteerVoting
Denise SmithCommunity VolunteerVoting
Nancy VickersCommunity VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 100
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 55
Female 45
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 73%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 27%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Marlon G Hurst
Term Start July 2009

The Kentucky Bach Choir does not have a CEO or Executive Director.  Rather, they have an Artistic Director.  This description regards the Artistic Director, Marlon Hurst.

Marlon Hurst was appointed the Artistic Director of the Kentucky Bach choir by Lexington Bach Choir founder, Richard Sowers.  Marlon holds degrees in sacred music from Cumberland College and in choral conducting from the University of Tennessee where he was a graduate assistant under Dr. David Stutzenberger. From 1997-2002, he sang with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus, under the direction of Robert Shaw and Norman Mackenzie, and in 2002 was a member of the professional chorus, the Atlanta Singers. Through the Carnegie Hall Conductor's Workshop, he has sung under the baton of Helmut Rilling, André Previn and Sir Neville Marriner. Marlon has been and remains the Director of Music and Arts at First Presbyterian Church of Lexington since January of 2003.  He is currently the President of the Board of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians.

Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 0
Contractors 24
Retention Rate 0%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 22
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
NonManagement Formal Evaluation No
Description The Bach Choir presently endeavors to perform two sets of choral-orchestral concerts each season, one in the fall and one in the spring.  These works are primarily focused on the works of J. S. Bach, with a paid, professional chorus, professional soloists, and professional contract-orchestra.
Budget $6,000
Description The Bach Choir also endeavors to provide "runout" concerts to rural areas in Kentucky.  These concerts offer high-quality artistic experiences to rural communities that might not otherwise be available to the residents of these areas without having to drive to a larger city such as Lexington or Louisville.  Musician fees and additional expenses of mileage and meal stipends far exceed the ticket sale revenues in runout concerts.
Budget $4,000
Description The Bach Choir sponsors a vocal competition for actively enrolled college and university students.  Participants apply for the competition by submitting resumes and recordings.  Finalists are invited to sing before an audience and a panel of judges.  Winners receive cash prizes and opportunities to perform with the Bach Choir in future seasons.  By limiting the competition to students, the Bach Choir strives to encourage the further study and artistic development of singers in the classical and sacred oratorio repertoire.
Budget $4,000
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2013
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2014
Projected Revenue $20,000.00
Projected Expenses $18,000.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$500$926$750
Individual Contributions$11,045$11,045$9,417
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$5,756$150$175
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$18,576$14,873$17,573
Administration Expense$2,993$7,036$623
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.161.081.27
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%68%97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$13,973$9,384$3,031
Current Assets$4,930$835$2,441
Long-Term Liabilities$1,000$2,000--
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$12,973$7,384$3,031
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments

Full fiscal year financial reports are provided to all Board members at each Board meeting.

 The 2010 990N receipt was generated from the Web site, as a copy was not on file in the Bach Choir records for that year. 

Foundation Staff Comments
This organization files the 990N, which contains no financial information. Financials were provided by the organization. Numbers are unaudited.
Address 925 Aurora Avenue
c/o Marlon G. Hurst
Lexington, KY 40502
Primary Phone 859 229-1469
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Marlon G Hurst
Board Chair Susan Byars
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired