September 19, 2023


Myths Contested: J.S. Bach’s The Contest between Phoebus and Pan (BWV 201), and Trevor Weston’s A New Song – out October 3, 2023 Read more »

September 15, 2023


In their first concert of the 23-24 season, the Washington Bach Consort, under the leadership of Artistic Director Dana Marsh, presents Bach’s St. John Passion. Read more »

May 24, 2023

Washington Bach Consort to Receive $25,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Art

The Washington Bach Consort has been approved for a $25,000 Grants for Arts Projects award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support Giving Bach to the Community. Read more »

May 3, 2023

Washington Bach Consort Announces 46th Season

The Washington Bach Consort led by Artistic Director, Dana Marsh today announced its 46th season. The 2023-24 Director’s Series will include concerts featuring the Consort’s world-class vocal/instrumental ensemble and soloists. Read more »

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Amanda Sweet


April 3, 2023: Washington Bach Consort concludes milestone 45th season with Mass in Minor, Bach’s final choral masterpiece
In the final performance of their milestone 45th season, Washington Bach Consort, under the leadership of Artistic Director Dana Marsh, perform their signature work, Bach’s renowned Mass in B Minor. Read more »
August 29, 2022: Washington Bach Consort opens season With World Premiere of A New Song by Composer Trevor Weston
The Bach Consort’s 2022–23 Director’s Series opens September 18 at National Presbyterian Church with A New Song | Mythologies Past and Present, featuring a world premiere from composer Trevor Weston and J.S. Bach’s Geschwinde, Ihr wirbelnden Winde. Read more »
August 11, 2020: Washington Bach Consort presents Bach Interactions
This fall Washington Bach Consort presents a new digital series—Bach Interactions. Nine virtual programs offer some of the finest works in
the cantata and oratorio repertory. Read more »
February 5, 2020: Washington Bach Consort expands popular Director’s Series to Capitol Hill
Due to popular demand, the Washington Bach Consort has added an additional performance of J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion—the ultimate tour de force! at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill (301 A Street SE, Washington, DC 20003) on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 7 p.m. Read more »
August 23, 2019: Washington Bach Consort expands popular Chamber Series to historic Alexandria, Virginia
The Washington Bach Consort will launch their newly expanded Chamber Series in Immanuel Chapel at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA (3737 Seminary Rd, Alexandria, VA 22304) nestled in historic Alexandria, beginning on Saturday, November 9, 2019 and running through Saturday, April 4, 2020. Read more »
April 14, 2017: Washington Bach Consort Announces Conductor Audition Series

Under the direction of our founder and Artistic Director Dr. J. Reilly Lewis, the Washington Bach Consort became an internationally acclaimed and widely recognized period ensemble, appearing at numerous festivals both in the United States and in Europe since its founding in 1977. Read more »

June 23, 2016: Choralis Foundation Renames Award to Honor J. Reilly Lewis
FALLS CHURCH, VA – The Choralis Foundation has announced that the premiere award given out at its annual Greater Washington DC Area Choral Excellence Awards – the award for Outstanding Contributions to Choral Music – will be renamed The J. Reilly Lewis Award for Choral Excellence, in honor and memory of the late Dr. J. Reilly Lewis, whose untimely death occurred on June 9. Read more »
June 10, 2016: Washington Bach Consort and Cathedral Choral Society announce the passing of Music Director, J. Reilly Lewis
J. Reilly Lewis, the founding Music Director of Washington Bach Consort and the Music Director of the Cathedral Choral Society, died unexpectedly on Thursday, June 9, in Arlington, VA at his home. He was 71. Reilly was beloved in the Washington, DC music community. He was a vibrant, talented musician, passionate about his work, known for his generosity of spirit and joyful soul by his many friends, family, and everyone with whom he came into contact. He deeply loved music and people, and was thrilled to be able to dedicate his life to both. Read more »
June 3, 2014: Dr. J. Reilly Lewis receives honorary doctorate
Washington Bach Consort’s Music Director/Founder Dr. J. Reilly Lewis received an honorary doctorate from the Virginia Theological Seminary at a commencement ceremony on May 22, 2014 in Calloway Chapel at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia. Read more »
February 18, 2013: J. Reilly Lewis, Washington Bach Consort bring to life Bach’s 18 Chorale Preludes
Performances of Johann Sebastian Bach’s transcendent 18 Chorale Preludes don’t come along every day. Audiences rarely hear this music, especially in its massive entirety. And only sporadically do listeners crowd into churches for organ recitals, as many musicians lament. But organist J. Reilly Lewis, director of the Washington Bach Consort and of the Cathedral Choral Society, drew a capacity audience Sunday at the National Presbyterian Church in Northwest Washington. Read more »
November 1, 2012: Press Release: Celebrate the Holiday Season with Great Glad Tidings
Washington, D.C. —The Washington Bach Consort’s Music Director/Founder J. Reilly Lewis directsthe Consort’s acclaimed professional chorus and orchestra performing on period instruments in a brilliant selection of music by J.S. Bach in Great Glad Tidings on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 5 p.m. at the National Presbyterian Church. Read more »
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