A Message from the Artistic Director

November 28, 2022

Dear friends of the Bach Ensemble,

Performing the sacred cantatas of J. S. Bach requires having highly trained and capable musicians. If you’ve attended a Bach Vespers, you have witnessed firsthand what creative and talented artists we have in the Bach Ensemble. Month after month they come together and learn the incredibly intricate parts of a cantata, and perform them at the highest level in our services.

To do this well not only takes years of training but incredible talent and dedication. I am humbled and grateful to be able to lead these musicians. I am also thankful for the generosity of our patrons who make it possible to compensate these musicians at an appropriate level. The Bach Vespers is a treasure to our area, but it takes “treasure” to make it happen.

Did you know…

  • $2000-3500: The cost of Bach Vespers service.
  • $2000: Sponsors a Bach Ensemble member for an entire season
  • $1500: Sponsors a Bach Scholar for a season.
  • $300: The cost of a score and parts for a cantata.
  • $40,000: Our total annual budget for the Bach Ensemble. This amount comes entirely from our donors and grants and is not a part of the operating budget of St. Thomas.

It takes a lot to make the music happen: hard-working and talented musicians to study and prepare, and gracious and generous patrons to make their work possible.

If you haven’t made a gift to the Bach Ensemble in 2022, I ask that you consider doing so. Gifts of any amount are greatly appreciated and put to good use. You can give in several ways:

If you have given this year, thank you. We could not do this without you.

I look forward to seeing you in 2023, as we prepare for the exciting arrival of our new organ in the fall!

Best wishes,

Carlton Monroe

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