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Junior Bach Festival Association

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community


P.O Box 590Berkeley, CA 94701 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Junior Bach Festival Association is to interest people, particularly young people, in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. The principal activity of the Association of the Association will be to present an annual Festival consisting of the music written by, or at attributed to, Bach performed by young musicians.


The Junior Bach Festival has been held on an annual basis since 1953. It is a 50501(c)(3) non-profit. It consists of a 20 member Board of Directors. There is a President, 2 Vice-Presidents, 2 Secretaries and a Treasurer. There is also a Business Manager. The mailing address of the Association is in Berkeley, CA. The Junior Bach Festival traditionally hosts a series of 10 in-person concerts in venues around the San Francisco Bay Area in March of every year, around the time of Bach's birthday (March 21). Recently, the Festival has also hosted a series of recorded concerts on YouTube. The concerts feature performances by those auditioners chosen by a impartial panel of judges. The quality of the performances is very high, featuring some of the most talented young musicians performing the timeless music of Bach. Young persons, age 6 to 18 may audition. The music of the Festival is performed in the form and on the instruments, or their contemporary counterparts, as originally indicated by Bach. Except for special occasions, the Bach repertoire will be restricted to works listed in the BWV catalog. Transcriptions and performances on modern or unusual instruments are permissible with approval of the Music Director.


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