Bach Choir to hold auditions for Zimmermann’s Coffee House

Dec 15th, 2015Press Release from The Bach Choir of Bethlehem

After the great success of Zimmermann’s Coffee House at the 2015 Bethlehem Bach Festival, The Bach Choir is holding auditions for the 109th Bethlehem Bach Festival in May 2016.

Auditions for college and high school students are on Friday, February 5, 1pm – 5:30pm at The Bach Choir Offices located at 440 Heckewelder Place, Bethlehem PA 18018.  Individuals and ensembles may audition to play or sing Baroque music. The judges are Greg Funfgeld, Bach Choir of Bethlehem artistic director and conductor; Larry Lipkis, professor of music and Composer-in-Residence at Moravian College; and Eugene Albulescu, associate professor of music at Lehigh University and director of the Lehigh University Philharmonic.


Eligibility requirements can be found at

To schedule an audition, students should contact Karen Glose, 610-866-4382 Ext. 15, gro.hcabnull@nerak  Teacher recommendations should be sent to Bridget George gro.hcabnull@tegdirb.

Performances are on Saturdays May 14 and 21, 2016, 8:30pm – 10:30pm at Peter Hall, Moravian College, Bethlehem.

This is an EXCITING OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS TO BE INVOLVED in the nationally renowned Festival that draws audiences from across the United States. Here is what the Wall Street Journal said about Zimmermann’s Coffee House in its review of the 2015 Festival:

Student musicians were spotlighted again on Saturday evening at the informal Zimmermann’s Coffee House concert in the elegant Terrace Room of the Historic Hotel Bethlehem. Seated at tables with a menu of beverages and German edibles that Bach himself might have enjoyed at Leipzig’s original Zimmermann establishment, patrons dined while young people played Bach and his contemporaries. It proved a delightful finale to a rich musical weekend.”

Barrymore Laurence Scherer, The Wall Street Journal, May 2015


Back by popular demand, this late night unbuttoned event is modeled after Zimmermann’s Coffee House of Bach’s time in Leipzig. This year the event is held café style in the charming Peter Hall of Moravian College with its famous 19th century stained glass windows and beautiful acoustics. Patrons listen to Baroque chamber music performed by young musicians and purchase German themed food and drink. There will also be surprise appearances by conductor Greg Funfgeld and friends to add to the festivities.

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