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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: The mission of the Miami Bach Society is to perform and present the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his Baroque composer contemporaries to residents of and visitors to Miami-Dade County and the greater South Florida Community. Further, it is to educate its diverse audience about this rich and multinational (European, Caribbean and Latin American) heritage.

Results: concert artists as well as outstanding musicians, who specialize in early music, in the South Florida area. The M.B.S. was established in 1984 to perform three concerts in anticipation of the tercentennial celebration of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach. Enthusiastic response on the part of critics and audiences alike to the 1984-1985 and 1985-1986 seasons led the Board and staff to continue the annual concert series and to expand the scope of the organization to include the music of other composers, who lived before 1800. Since then, the Society has become a valued permanent part of the cultural life of South Florida.

Target demographics: Miami Bach Society helps the community by educating our diverse audience and youth about this rich and multinational (European, Caribbean, and Latin American) heritage.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We estimate nearly 3,000 people attended our concerts and approximately 60 artists were involved in presenting our 2014-2015 concerts in South Florida.

Geographic areas served: We work in South Florida

Programs: The Miami Bach Society, Donald Oglesby, artistic director, is the premier South Florida arts organization devoted to the performance of Baroque and early music. Its offerings feature internationally acclaimed concert artists as well as outstanding musicians, who specialize in early music, in the South Florida area. We are also the presenters of the Tropical Baroque Music Festival presented each year at the end of February through the first week in March. We enhance the lives of our communities and youth with affordable concerts of original period instruments, as well as attracting tourist from around the nation and the world to South Florida. The Miami Bach Society also has an outreach school program where we provide middle and high school students to hands on interaction with early music instruments and artists.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

My name is Tony Boutté and I became involved with the Miami Bach Society soon after I moved to Miami as Assistant Professor of Music at UM's Frost School of Music. In my capacity as performer and board member, I've had many occasions to see MBS in action. The people who run this organization are passionate and extremely dedicated to presenting top-tier music to Miami audiences. This past year, we had a devastating loss as longtime supporter Kathy Gaubatz passed away. Soon afterward, it became clear that her dream for MBS would not die. Members of the organization banded together to make the MBS even stronger than it was before. If you are unfamiliar with MBS and have never gone to any of their concerts, I strongly suggest you make the effort to hear one soon. Your presence will show support for this organization and its mission to present the finest baroque to Miami audiences. Thanks you. Tony Boutté

Board Member

Rating: 5

My name is Tony Boutté and I became involved with the Miami Bach Society soon after I moved to Miami as Assistant Professor of Music at UN's Frost School of Music. In my capacity as performer and board member, I've had many occasions to see MBS in action. The people who run this organization are passionate and extremely dedicated to presenting top-tier music to Miami audiences. This past year, we had a devastating loss as longtime supporter Kathy Gaubatz. Soon after it was clear that her dream for MBS would not die. Members of the organization banded together to make the MBS even stronger than it was before. If you are unfamiliar with MBS and have never gone to any of their concerts, I strongly suggest you make the effort to hear one soon. Your presence will show support for this organization and its mission to present the finest baroque to Miami audiences. Thanks you. Tony Boutté

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A premier presenter of classical music in south Florida. Consistently bringing top talent from around the world to local venues. Also, the frequently pair with local universities to present concerts with student artists.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is difficult to give an unbiased review of this organization, because our assessment is so profoundly affected by the many years' of wonderful Baroque and Early music we have been privileged to hear, performed by world class ensembles and soloists, brought to local venues by the Bach Society. As audience members we have had the opportunity often to converse and interact with the performers at post concert receptions, and as volunteers, we have been able to engage with our performing guests, both foreign and domestic, away from the concert hall. From the mundane tasks of transporting them to and from the airport, or looking after their centuries old instruments, to more esoteric pursuits like trips to the Everglades, the Venetian Pool or a fortuitous encounter with 4 mother manatees and their babies in the Coral Gables waterway, to shopping trips at Best Buy, we have enjoyed the company of intelligent, appealing artists in their capacities, inevitably, as tourists from Italy, France, Switzerland, Spain, England and domestic zip codes physically and culturally distant and different from Miami. As the Bach Society enters a new year with new leadership, an ambitious but realistic outreach program and a line up of wonderful concerts during the annual Tropical Baroque Festival, we are pleased to do what we can to help insure that they will be bringing great music to our community for many more years......Joel and Emily Rosenthal

Advisor

Rating: 5

I came to the Miami Bach Society fifteen years ago to play a concert at their Tropical baroque Music Festival. I made friends immediately with the amazing team that ran the organization. We developed a very close working relationship, and I soon took up a position in an advisory role. This role has brought me in close contact with a very wonderful community, from which I have drawn many friends, thanks to the amazing widespread ties the Society has established since its beginning and continues to nurture and expand upon. In addition to our regular concert activities we have brought music to public schools, shopping centers, Chamber of Commerce meetings and brought the expertise of visiting performers to local universities. Bringing music to so many different elements of of the diversified community is a task we have accepted with joy, and our reward is seeing , visibly, the good it does. We hope to widen our efforts to bring music to a younger public through new programs, some of which are already in development.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization with a goal to bring baroque music to the people of south Florida.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization. I have had the pleasure of attending several events and concerts that the Miami Bach Society has hosted and the have all been outstanding.
I am a supporter and I feel very happy that there is an organization that is dedicated to this very important time in music.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, I experienced first hand the professionalism and passion that is exhibited at every event. Miami is lucky to have an organization that cares so deeply about keeping Classical music alive, and does so in a very inviting yet refined manner.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Miami Bach Society brings to our community an array of early music featuring top rated soloists as well as ensembles and orchestras and its Tropical Baroque Musical Festival is an experience not to be missed. Our community has benefited greatly from the richness of music of this early period and we as the audience attest to its greatness by continuing to attend the performances and rave about the quality of programming. The Christmas program every year is wonderful. Great organization, thank you for bringing great music to our town.

Board Member

Rating: 5

About 25 years ago, my wife and I bid on a subscription to the Miami Bach Society at an auction benefitting our son's school. We already had an interest in early music but we were delighted by the concerts we attended and continued to subscribe and to donate to the MBS. About 5 years ago my wife and I were invited to join the board of the MBS and we accepted. About 2 years ago we were named joint vice chairs of the board.

In October of this past year our beloved executive director passed away and we found ourselves acting as joint chairs of the board of the MBS. Some thought the MBS would not survive the death of our executive director but many chipped in and we have not only survived but have been able to present the finest early music to an ever growing public. This year we presented Avi Avital and the Venice Baroque, Fuoco e Cenere, Stile Antico and concluded with Les Arts Florissants. Next year we expect an equally brilliant program. We invite the interested public to become members of the society and to attend our concerts. We also have outreach programs that will be announced on our website. We look forward to a spectacular year.