2017 Illinois Bach Academy

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Sun, 6/18/2017 - Fri, 6/23/2017
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6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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  • Fee required
  • Registration/Application required
  • CPDUs (Continuing Professional Development Units) or CEUs (Continuing Education Credits) offered



  • 217-265-7919


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Spend a week studying, rehearsing, and performing one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s greatest masterpieces – the St John Passion, with some of America’s leading experts in Baroque music. Musicologist Robin Leaver, violinist Nancy Wilson, and conductor Andrew Megill lead the faculty. A typical day might begin with a lecture on the liturgical traditions in the Leipzig churches where Bach presented the first performances of the St. John Passion, choral rehearsals on the John Passion, and a master class on Baroque performance practice.

The week will end with a public performance of the St John Passion with period instrument orchestra. Other faculty include Baroque violinist Leah Nelson and Fuma Sacra, a professional vocal ensemble whose performances of Baroque and Renaissance music have “left the audience gasping in amazement.”


Some experience as a choral singer is necessary, however, the week is designed for amateur as well as professional singers.

Interested professional instrumentalists should contact the Illinois Back Academy coordinator for application.

Application & Costs

  • Visit the Bach Academy Program Application webpage for full details
  • Application Deadline: Friday, May 19, 2017 at 11:59 PM (CDT)
  • Late applications may be accepted after that date if space is available. There will be an additional late charge of $50 for applications submitted after May 19.
  • Participant cost = $600
  • Registrants for both this program and the Choral Conducting Symposium are entitled to a $200 total reduction in fees. ($600 for the first program, $400 for the second).

Continuing Education

  • Continuing Education Units will be available for this program.
  • Illinois K-12 music educators are eligible to receive approximately 30 ISBE Professional Development Hours (PDH)
  • Others are eligible to receive 3.0 Continuing Education Units (CEU).
  • PDH/CEU documentation is provided free of charge by the University of Illinois.
  • Registered participants will be contacted to confirm interest in professional development credit. Be sure to indicate your interest on the registration form.


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