S.C. Bach’s mission is to promote Johann Sebastian Bach’s music through affordable concerts, lectures, and educational events throughout the state. S.C. Bach seeks to engage with schools and communities in ways that energize and ennoble audiences.
About S.C. Bach
In existence for over 30 years, the South Carolina Bach Choir is the state's only musical ensemble devoted to the performance of music of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries.
Throughout its history, the SC Bach Choir has been comprised of talented amateur singers joined by professional soloists and instrumentalists. The Choir followed a format in which singers learned and practiced the music independently and then met for workshops prior to concerts. This pattern enabled musicians from across the Southeast to participate.
Since its founding by Rev. L. David Miller in 1980 and through the subsequent leadership of James Johnson from 2006 until 2014, the Choir has presented over 100 performances in concerts and as participants in worship services. These concerts have featured a number of the great works of Bach, including selections from the Christmas Oratorio and St. Matthew's Passion, along with several of Bach's best-known Cantatas.
In 2014, the South Carolina Bach Choir reorganized and moved from Columbia to Greenville and adopted the name S.C. Bach. Now under new leadership and based in a new locale, S.C. Bach hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the music of J.S. Bach. Read a recent article featuring S.C. Bach here.
Singers interested in participating in the S.C. Bach Choir should contact us for more information. Auditions will be held on a rolling basis.
Dr. David Rhyne is S.C. Bach's artistic director. He holds teaching positions at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities and at Furman University. David is the founding director of Greenville Early Music, and has over 30 years of experience in sacred music. His research into the music of Bach has included grants to study at the Oregon Bach Festival and the Leipzig Bachfest. Choirs under David's leadership have performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. Notable performances have included Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna; St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City; and St. Thomas Church, Leipzig.
Support S.C. Bach
You can support S.C. Bach by attending upcoming events, spreading information about our organization and upcoming events, following us on social media, and making 501(c)(3) tax-deductible donations so that we can continue to offer high-quality programming at minimal cost to the general public. For more information on donations, click here.