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.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: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.
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.
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.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
Full fiscal year financial reports are provided to all Board members at each Board meeting.
The 2010 990N receipt was generated from the IRS.gov Web site, as a copy was not on file in the Bach Choir records for that year.
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