For 45 years, this premier Baroque choral and orchestral group has delighted audiences with historically-informed performances of 18th century music, promoting an appreciation of Bach’s music at every major venue in Greater Washington and through subscription series concerts. But just as important as performing Bach is “Giving Bach,” so a range of free or low-cost enrichment activities bring high-caliber music to new and diverse audiences. Bach to School enhances listening skills and teaches basic music theory to underserved elementary school students, while the Wunderkind Projekt aims to inspire and shape the next generation of conductors, musicians, and artists. A free Noontime Cantata Series attracts students, local business owners, individuals experiencing homelessness, and seniors alike. All told, the Consort helps 10,000 listeners appreciate the beauty of Baroque music each year. Giving Bach is for everyone.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 4

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: All

Awards & Recognition

The Consort recently completed Bach’s entire 215-cantata cycle. In association with this monumental achievement, the Library of Congress has welcomed the Washington Bach Consort performance recording and concert program archives into its permanent collection.


Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Washington Bach Consort is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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