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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

Emilio T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a father of two beautiful young ladies, ages 9 and 14. On numerous occasions I have attended with my daughters a Miami Bach Society concert. I find not only the music very peaceful and smoothing, but the artists are very interested in sharing their time with the audience, especially children.
My daughters have been able to see, hear, and learn about the original instruments of the Baroque period through direct contact with the artists and staff of the Miami Bach Society. It is a rarity to be able to expose our children to such culturally enriching events and have them experience firsthand the beauty and history of a harpsichord, a viola de gamba, a lute, and many other instruments.
The Miami Bach Society greets audience members of all ages as family. They also invite the audiences to receptions after the concerts with "meet and greet" opportunities. My daughters very much enjoy meeting and taking pictures with the artists after watching them perform.
The Miami Bach Society enriches the lives of South Floridians and our families. We thank you for all the years and all the excellent renowned artists you bring home to us. Did I also mention, children 18 and under attend all of the concerts presented by the Miami Bach Society free of charge.