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Worcester Bach Collective: Cantatathon

Sunday, March 23, 2025 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Bach's Birthday Bash 2025

Adult: $35
Student: $17.50
Youth: $7.50

The many members of the Worcester Bach Collective will join together to conclude our Bach’s Birthday Bash 2025 Series with a performance of these Cantatas from the stage at historic Mechanics Hall.

Canatas BVW 28, 36, 40, 64 & 133

Tickets grant admission to enjoy complimentary cake and champagne during the intermission.

Featured Performers

Trinity Lutheran Church Choir
All Saints Church Choir
WPI Choirs
Master Singers of Worcester
Salisbury Singers

Worcester’s Trinity Lutheran Church Choir is directed by Mark Mummert.

Mark Mummert (b. 1965) is Cantor at Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA), Worcester, MA where he leads the music in all worship services, conducts the Trinity Choir, Trinity Choristers, Trinity Junior Choristers, and is artistic director of the Music at Trinity fine arts series.

Mark is also the Assistant Director / Accompanist for The Worcester Chorus of Music Worcester, Inc., (Dr. Chris Shepard, Artistic Director) and the director of The Worcester Chorus Women’s Ensemble.

Prior to moving to Worcester, Mark was the 2015 Distinguished Visiting Cantor at the Lutheran Theological
Seminary at Gettysburg. Mark served as the Director of Worship at Houston’s Christ the King Lutheran Church (2008-2015) and as Seminary Musician at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (1990-2008).

Mark is also a tenor chorister with CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists), a professional choral ensemble based in Hartford, CT.

Mark is a composer of portions of the first musical setting of Holy Communion in Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), the commended worship book of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is the editor of Psalm Settings for the Church Year (2008, Augsburg Fortress) and Music Sourcebook for Lent and Three Days (2010, Augsburg Fortress). His numerous compositions for Christian worship are available from Augsburg Fortress. 

Mark’s recording Reformation Chorales Reformed (2017) includes organ works by J. S. Bach, Mendelssohn, Distler, and Clarke. The album is available for download and for streaming on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and YouTube.

Mark was principal musician for the 2005 National Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, the 2007 ELCA Churchwide Assembly and Worship Jubilee, and visiting scholar for Emory University’s Candler School of Theology’s “The Singing Church” Project in 2012.

As a singer, Mark has performed professionally with The Worcester Chorus, Choral Arts Philadelphia, the Bach Society Houston, and the Houston Chamber Choir. Mark’s voice can be heard on the Grammy nominated recordings, soft blink of amber light and Rothko Chapel.

Mark studied organ with Earl Ness and John Binsfeld and voice with Robert Grooters at Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music. He is currently pursuing vocal studies with Jane Shivick. Mark maintains an active private studio of voice, piano, and organ students.

At the heart of the church’s musical activity, the All Saints Choir provides music for the liturgy at Eucharist every Sunday. The choir also sings monthly Choral Evensong and occasionally Choral Compline and Taizé services, as well as on major feast days, weddings, funerals, and concerts. Historically based around the Men and Boy choir model, the All Saints Choir currently maintains an intergenerational roster with treble choristers (age 8-18) of all genders leading the soprano part, changed-voice teen choristers singing tenor and bass, and adult volunteers singing soprano, alto, tenor, and bass.

In addition to its weekly liturgical offerings at All Saints, the choir has also performed at Washington National Cathedral, New York City’s Carnegie Hall and St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, as well as venues elsewhere in the United States and Canada. The choir’s most recent tours were to Belfast and Dublin, Ireland, (2013) and to Montreal, Canada (2017). The choir is proud of the musical connections that they maintain, especially their affiliation with the Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester and The Royal School of Church Music in America. Founded in 1868, the choir’s 150th anniversary (2018) was celebrated June of 2019. 

Dr. Joshua W. Rohde is the Director of Choral Activities at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he conducts all four of the university’s choral ensembles – Men’s Glee Club, Women’s Alden Voices, Festival Chorus, and the Chamber Choir. He is also the Music Director of both the Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra and the Quincy Choral Society, and performs as an active professional cellist throughout the Boston area.

Dr. Rohde’s work spans multiple musical genres, with an emphasis on new music from living composers. This is seen in his dissertation on living Scottish composer Sir James MacMillan and work as the founding manager of Harvard University’s New Music Initiative. Notable world premieres include Rohde’s work with Pulitzer Prize winning composers David Lang (Birmingham New Music, England, 2014) and John Luther Adams (Lincoln Center, New York City, 2018).

Previous experience includes work at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel, the Harvard University Choruses, the University of Birmingham (UK), and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus (UK). He has prepared choruses to sing for conductors such as Harry Christophers, Andris Nelsons, and John Storgårds. As a cello soloist, he has played cello concertos with orchestras including Elgar, Haydn, Boccherini, and Shostakovich, and regularly works as a continuo cellist playing the choral-orchestral works of Bach. Dr. Rohde holds degrees from Boston University (DMA and MSM – Conducting), the University of Birmingham in England (MM – Conducting), and the University of Minnesota (BM – Cello Performance and BS – Civil Engineering).

Conducting performances for the 2018-2019 season include: Johannes Brahms – Ein deutsches Requiem; Jessica Curry – The Durham Hymns (USA premiere); James MacMillan – St. Luke Passion (Massachusetts premiere); Ralph Vaughan Williams – Dona Nobis Pacem; and works by living Norwegian composers Kim André Arnesen and Ola Gjeilo.

Conducting performances for the 2019-2020 season include: Handel – Messiah; Mozart – Requiem; Haydn – Lord Nelson Mass; Beethoven – Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”; Copland – Appalachian Spring; and works by living composers Jocelyn Hagen – Soft Blink of Amber Light; Martin Sedek – Nature has a Thousand Choirs; and Joel Thompson – The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed.

The Master Singers of Worcester is dedicated to performing high quality choral music for the enjoyment and education of the performer and listener.

Founded in 1976, The Master Singers of Worcester, Inc. (MSW) has distinguished itself through consistent, high quality presentations of a wide range of great choral music spanning several centuries. Our repertoire includes not only more familiar masterworks, but also lesser known sacred and secular choral works as well as many first performances and area premieres of works by contemporary composers.

We are a self-supporting, non-profit, volunteer-administered and professionally directed community chorus for men and women from young adult to senior. MSW performs three to four concerts annually. The chorus numbers approximately 30 members from Worcester and surrounding communities as well as the newly formed Manchester, CT chapter. Edward Tyler has directed the chorus since the fall of 2017.

The Master Singers of Worcester invite all interested singers to join our chorus. Weekly rehearsals are held from 7 pm to 9 pm on Tuesday Evenings at the Manchester High School in Manchester, CT or Wednesday evenings at the Salem Covenant Church in Worcester, MA for the convenience of our singers, who may choose to attend either one. Members pay annual dues, purchase their own music, and are expected to volunteer their time in serving various organizational needs. We welcome talented high school, college and graduate school students for internships. Financial aid is available to qualified singers.

Prospective new members are encouraged to attend the first few rehearsals for each concert, which are always open to the public to give interested singers a chance to check us out. Auditions are not required, but some sight-reading skill is recommended.

Salisbury Singers is a mixed chorus of more than 60 singers under the insightful leadership of Artistic Director Brad Dumont. 

The chorus is dedicated to the enhancement of cultural life in Worcester and central Massachusetts, as well as the musical growth of its members. Salisbury Singers achieves these objectives through professional quality performances of acapella and accompanied choral repertoire drawn from diverse traditions and styles.

Salisbury Singers, Inc. was founded in 1973 by the late Malama Robbins Collinsworth to foster the highest standards of the musical arts. Find out more about her here.

From 1998-2020, Salisbury Singers was led by Dr. Michelle Graveline to continue this standard of excellence. In 2020, Michelle assumed the role of Artistic Director Emerita.

Music Worcester thanks the following sponsors of this presentation:
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Sunday, March 23, 2025
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