allow us to introduce ourselves
The Bach Society of Minnesota (BSM) was formed in 1932 by University of Minnesota students wanting to sing the works of J.S. Bach, making it the oldest Bach Society in the US (other Bach Societies include: St. Louis, Houston, and the American Bach Society, based in Yale University). Over the course of its 87-year history, the artistic leadership passed from the University to the broader Minnesota artistic community. BSM has presented approximately 500 concerts, engaged some 10,000 musicians, and served over 150,000 audience members spanning six generations.
The mission of the Bach Society of Minnesota is to build a diverse community of music lovers who perform, promote, and appreciate the music of J.S. Bach and those he inspired.
Our values focus on community, collaboration, and excellence. BSM strives to create respectful, successful relationships among musicians, audiences, students, and partner organizations.
artistic director, conductor, composer, flautist
Award winning conductor, composer, recorder and flute soloist Matthias Maute has achieved an international reputation. In 2016 he was named artistic director of the Bach Society of Minnesota and in 2019 of the professional choir Ensemble vocal Arts-Québec. Impressed by his artistic approach, The New York Times described the orchestra he conducts in Montreal, Ensemble Caprice, as being “an ensemble that encourages the listener to rehear the world.”
Maute’s recording of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos juxtaposed with Maute’s own arrangements of Preludes from Shostakovich’s Op. 87 was hailed by The New Yorker’s Alex Ross as standing out “for its fleet, characterful approach” and “its fresh, vibrant colors”.
Matthias Maute’s compositions are published by Breitkopf & Härtel, Amadeus, Moeck and Carus. In 2014 and 2015, Maute’s 1st violin concerto was performed by soloist Mark Fewer with the St. John’s Symphony and with I Musici de Montréal. Forty-nine movements of Matthias Maute’s compositions are featured in 49 videos on noncerto.com.
Matthias Maute has made some twenty recordings on the Analekta, Vanguard Classics, Bella Musica, Dorian, Bridge and ATMA Classique labels. He is regularly invited to perform at major international festivals. Matthias Maute is co-artistic director of the Montreal Baroque Festival and artistic director of the Méénat Musica Concerts noncerto concert series. He currently teaches at l’Université de Montréal and McGill University.
board of directors
Jonathan Morgan, President | Retired Attorney, Briggs and Morgan; Deputy Attorney General, Solicitor General, State of Minnesota; Retired Vice President & General Counsel, M.A. Mortenson Company
Jay Kurtz, Vice President | Retired, IBM
Steven Savitt, Treasurer & Secretary | Retired, Honeywell and ATK
Susan Doherty | Retired, former Executive Director, Bach Society of Minnesota
Amy C Fistler | Vice President for Advancement, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
Holly Fistler | Senior Attorney, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
David Gilberstadt | Retired, Educator, Entrepreneur, and Futurist
Karen Kustritz | Retired, Registered Nurse
Yunyue Liu | former Executive Director
Andrea Leap | former Executive Director
Richard Resch | Retired Professor, Kantor, Concordia Theological Seminary