Bach Festival

Chairs:
Fureya Unal (714) 992-4812
Hyocheong Kim (562) 802-1856

The Southern California Junior Bach Festival is held annually to encourage the study of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. The Recitals are open to keyboardists, instrumentalists, and vocal students.

The Branch Bach Festival is adjudicated and outstanding students are chosen to perform at the Regional Festivals. Winners from the Regional Festival may enter the Complete Works Audition (CWA) and must perform the same music in the same category that they performed at the Branch and Regional Festivals, but complete as indicated in the official repertoire list.

The OCN Branch Bach Festival is open to piano only. For all other instruments, please go to www.scjbf.org.

Registration is done through the SCJBF web site. No hard copies of the applications will be distributed.

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HISTORY
The Southern California Junior Bach Festival was founded in 1961 by Madame Alice Ehlers, Professor of Harpsichord at University of Southern California, to encourage the study and appreciation of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach among student musicians. In 1977, the prestigious “Complete Works Audition”, which provides opportunities for the most accomplished students to challenge themselves by performing a complete work of Johann Sebastian Bach, was initiated. Historically, the “Complete Works Audition” has attracted the highest level of competition.

AWARDS
he performers on the day of the recital will receive a certificate of participation at the end of each program. The Adjudicators of the Branch Festival may select up to 35% of the performing students from all programs to receive awards. Students who are selected as winners will be eligible to participate in the Regional Festival.

HOW THE FESTIVAL IS CONDUCTED
The Festival is like a recital, students will be scheduled to play one after the other. There are three judges and festival is open to public. Students shall arrive 20 minutes prior to the program’s starting time. They need to check in at the Registration Desk and one of the teacher will sit the students according to the playing order. After the program, they take group pictures and the students will be notified of the judge’s results later that evening.