September 09, 2015

New Season Begins October 1!

Welcome to a new season of live performances centered around the works of JS Bach in its many forms! This year Bach Society Houston goes “on the road” as the nave at our home venue, Christ the King Lutheran Church, is under construction. We look forward to performing and presenting in beautiful places all around Houston, and invite you to join us. We are grateful to our friends who are welcoming us in various spaces, and hope to find new friends of Bach throughout Houston!

We are pleased to announce that Christopher Holman joins us as Music Associate. Welcome, Chris!

Rick Erickson, Director

May 07, 2015


Bach Society Houston Director Rick Erickson announced that auditions for the Bach Choir's 2015-2016 season will take place on Tuesday, May 19 and Saturday, May 23 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Blvd at Greenbriar in the nave.

Applicants should possess strong reading skills, a comfort level with straight-tone singing, and an appreciation of ensemble singing. One baroque piece should be sung, and the candidate will be asked to sight-read. An accompanist will be provided. Each audition will last no longer than 10 minutes. Call backs may be requested.

Bach Choir rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings.

To arrange for your appointment, please email the following information to with AUDITION in the subject line:
• Your name and voice category
• Bio/vitae
• Any requests you may have for a particular day among those offered, and time of day

Bring with you to the audition:
• Music for yourself
• Music for the accompanist
• A copy of your bio/vitae to leave with us

February 17, 2015

Mark your calendars: BACH MARATHON is March 21

We are thrilled to invite you to our very special event, a BACH MARATHON on Saturday, March 21, the 330th birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach! As lovers of this wonderful music, you are invited to participate.

The MARATHON will begin at 1:00 pm and conclude at 9:00 pm, and take place in the Christ the King Lutheran Church nave and parish hall. Live performances of 30-45 minutes will take place throughout the day and evening.

The BACH MARATHON is a free and festive event open to all. There will be no entry charge, but we will collect money for the Houston Food Bank as a free will offering. They will receive 100% of the collection. Participating artists will receive no payment, but the knowledge that their talents are going to feed those who struggle to put food on the table.

Schedule of Performances

1:00pm  FANFARE!
Rick Erickson, organ
Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 531

Rebecca Seekatz, alto
Rick Erickson, organ
Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust from BWV 170
Agnus Dei, BWV 232
Jesus ist ein guter Hirt from BWV 85

Alana Youssefian, violin
Partita No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1004

Gaeun Ko, piano
Prelude and Fugue No. 22, BWV 869

Patrick Perez, tenor
Rick Erickson, harpsichord
Sigurd Øgaard, portativ organ
Hilf, Jesu, hilf,  BWV 147

Amber Jamison, soprano and
Rebecca Castillo, alto
John Markert, piano
Christe Eleison from the Mass in B minor, BWV 232
Herr, du siehst statt guter Werke from Cantata BWV 9
Ich jauchze, ich lache, ich jauchze mit Schall from Cantata BWV 15
Wir eilen mit schwachen, doch emsigen Schritten from Cantata BWV 78
Wenn des Kreuzes Bitterkeiten from Cantata BWV 99
Domine Deus from the Mass in G Major, BWV 236

Kirk M. Rich, organ
Concerto in A Minor, BWV 593, Antonio Vivaldi (transcribed by Johann Sebastian Bach)  I. Allegro            
 II. Adagio           
 III. Allegro
Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr’ BWV 676
Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, BWV 548

Christopher Besch, bass
Rick Erickson, piano
Ich habe genug, BWV 82

Wayne Shandera, MD, organ
Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV 641
Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten, BWV 642
Alle Menschen müssen sterben, BWV 643
Wo soll ich fliehen hin, BWV 5
O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß, BWV 622
Christe, du Lamm Gottes, BWV 619
Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt, BWV 637
Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 625

Matthew Dirst, harpsichord and organ
Toccata in G major, BWV 916
 Allegro e Presto
"English" Suite in G minor, BWV 808
 Gavotte I & II
Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 545

Barrett Sills, cello
Suite in C major, BWV 1009
Suite in G major, BWV 1007

Dariusz Pawlas, piano
Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903

Lisa Yilalys, piano
The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2 Preludes and Fugues No. 5,6,7

Sergey Kuznetsov, piano
Prelude and Fugue in E Major, BWV 854
… and his students:

Daniel Robbins, piano
Invention in F Major, BWV 779

Katherina Carvalho, piano
Scherzo from Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor, BWV 1067

Natalya Mikhailenko, piano
Prelude and Fugue in D Minor from Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 851

Clive Swansbourne, piano
Partita #1 in B flat, BWV 825
Partita #4 in D, BWV 828

Jill Valentine, viola
Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012

Dorry Shaddock, organ
O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde gross, BWV 622

Christopher Holman, organ
Toccata and Fugue in F Major, BWV 540
Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 610
Christe, du Lamm Gottes, BWV 619
Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV 641
O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV 656

8pm – 9 pm
Rick Erickson, organ
Sigurd Øgaard, organ


Houston Food Bank logo

We hope you’ll join us for this beautiful musical event!

Rick Erickson, Director
Bach Society Houston

January 14, 2015

A word from the Director

Dear Friends,
Welcome to our spring season! Our offerings are rich in variety and beauty, and I hope that you will join us for as many events as you are able.
It has been a delight and honor to begin as your new Director. Now, with my feet a little wet, I look forward to an exciting time ahead. I’ve also been so glad to meet and talk with many new friends, and hope you will continue coming by to say hi.

Thank you for the warm welcome – and here’s to a Spring of Bach!

Warm regards,
Rick Erickson
Director, Bach Society Houston

September 12, 2014

New BSH Director, Rick Erickson, featured in Houston Chronicle

"Rick Erickson lived amid Manhattan's skyscrapers for 22 years, yet the Bach Society Houston's new director marvels at what he sees towering above him in his adopted city..."

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August 05, 2014

Bach Society Welcomes Rick Erickson, New Director

Welcome to Bach Society Houston! I am honored to be the new Director, following in the path of my outstanding predecessors in celebrating the amazing music of JS Bach! I have been so fortunate to have spent such a large portion of my life with Bach, and I look forward now to the exciting challenges and opportunities ahead here in Houston. Please take a moment to introduce yourself during this season – I look forward to meeting and talking with you!

The coming season promises to be a rich one indeed, complete with cantatas, St. Matthew Passion, chamber and organ music, lectures, a bit of Purcell and more! Please join us in the acoustical and visual beauty of Christ the King Lutheran Church as we sing and play the great music of Johann Sebastian. Thank you for your support of Bach Society Houston. Together, we will continue to build on the great tradition we have been given.