BACH COLLEGIUM SAN DIEGO
The ensemble was founded in 2003 to diversify the music offerings in the San Diego community by providing engaging, accessible, historically informed performances of repertoire from the Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical eras. Its principal members bring long standing experience from international ensembles such as the Academy of Ancient Music and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, as well as from this country’s leading ensembles like American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque, and the Portland Baroque Orchestra. Additionally, the ensemble is dedicated to engaging soloists and ensemble singers from some of this nation’s most gifted young artists who specialize in early music. The ensemble has earned an impressive reputation, captivating diverse audiences by their unique style and highly expressive and provocative approach to the Renaissance and Baroque repertoire. The ensemble regularly participates in an international tour to Mexico City with performances at the Festival Internacional del Órgano Barroco, and most recently were sponsored by the United States Embassy to perform in Bolivia at the IX Internacional de Música Renacentista y Barroca ‘Misiones de Chiquitos’ where they had the honor of performing at the historic Jesuit missions at Concepción and San Javier. The ensemble has premiered many historically informed performances in San Diego which include Handel’s Theodora and Messiah, Bach’s St John Passion, B minor Mass, and Magnificat, Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers, Mozart’s Requiem, and staged performances of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. The ensemble is fast developing as one of the exciting early music ensembles in the United States.
To diversify the music offerings in the San Diego community by providing engaging, accessible, Historically Informed Performances (H.I.P) of repertoire from the Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical eras.
Establish San Diego as a leading center for Early Music in the United States through education, mentoring, and the cultivation of H.I.P musicians to promote the mission of the Bach Collegium San Diego, and to ensure performances of historically significant repertoire from the sixteenth to eighteenth century currently underrepresented in our community.