The mission of the Kentucky Bach Choir is to perform the music of J.S. Bach and other master composers of like stature; enlightening, entertaining and educating audiences about the life and work of Johann Sebastian Bach and similar master composers; presenting musical works through the single and combined talents of chorus and orchestra; and to provide professional performing opportunities with high artistic standards for exceptional singers and instrumentalists.
The choir was founded in 2007 by Richard Sowers as the Lexington Bach Choir. In 2009, Marlon Hurst was appointed as the Artistic Director, a Board of Directors was formed, and by-laws were adopted. In 2010 the choir applied for and was granted 501(c)(3) status. In 2011, the Bach Choir initiated a vocal competition for college and university students, offering prize money and future performance opportunities to the competition winners. In 2012, with the announced dissolution of the Louisville Bach Society, the Board of the Lexington Bach Choir voted to change the name of the organization to the Kentucky Bach Choir for the purpose of broadening their scope and mission to perform the music of J.S. Bach and other master composers to a wider audience.
Since 2009, in efforts to broaden their impact in the community and region, the Kentucky Bach Choir has collaborated with the Lafayette High School Madrigal Singers, Tates Creek High School Choir, Lexington Ballet, Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra and Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performed concerts in Lexington, Louisville, Frankfort, Paris, Georgetown, Danville, Berea, Harrodsburg and Mt. Sterling.