Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival

Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival


Each year the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival welcomes top-notch artists from all over the United States and around the world. Don’t miss out on hearing vocal and instrumental soloists of international acclaim right here in the Shenandoah Valley!

Artistic director & conductor:

Ken NafzigerKENNETH NAFZIGER, artistic director and conductor, is professor of music at Eastern Mennonite University. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Oregon, and was a post-doctoral conducting student with Helmuth Rilling in Stuttgart, Germany. At EMU his teaching responsibilities include the EMU Chamber Singers, courses in conducting, interdisciplinary humanities studies, the honors program, and world music. More >>

Featured artists:

Eugene FriesenEugene Friesen, cellist and composer, is a graduate of the Yale School of Music where he studied with Brazilian cellist Aldo Parisot. Eugene is internationally active as a concert artist, composer, conductor and teacher. He is a two-time Grammy award winner as a member of the Paul Winter Consort and has worked and recorded with such artists as Dave Brubeck, Toots Thielemans, Betty Buckley, Will Ackerman, Joe Lovano and Dream Theater. More >>

Michael PartingtonMichael Partington, classical guitarist, is one of the most engaging of the new generation of concert players. Praised by Classical Guitar Magazine for his “lyricism, intensity and clear technical command,” this award-winning British guitarist has performed internationally as a soloist and with ensembles to unanimous praise. More >>

David NewmanDavid Newman, baritone, enjoys an active concert career throughout North America. Hailed as “electrifying” by the Washington Post and noted by the Sacramento Bee for his “rather perfect oratorio voice,” he is in demand as a Baroque specialist. More >>

Supporting artists:

Anastasia JellisonAnastasia Jellison, harpist, has played with the Houston Symphony, the Houston Ballet, the Houston Grand Opera, the Knoxville Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Opera Roanoke, and several ensembles in Texas, Ohio, and Virginia. More >>

Brad LehmanBrad Lehman, pianist, earned a master’s degrees in early keyboard instruments and musicology, and a doctorate in harpsichord. His teachers included Edward Parmentier, Penelope Crawford, and James Kibbie. He has worked closely with Baroque specialists Enid Sutherland, Jaap Schroeder, David Sariti, and with singer Norma Gentile and trumpeter Martin Hodel. More >>

Mary Kay AdamsMARY KAY ADAMS, Bach Festival Coordinator and principal flutist, is currently principal flutist in the Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra, where she was previously principal cellist. She has played flute in the Roanoke Symphony and cello in the Fort Smith (AR) Symphony. She has taught for 27 years in the music departments of several colleges and universities. More >>

Joan GriffingJOAN GRIFFING, violinist and concertmaster, is currently associate professor of music and chair of the music department at Eastern Mennonite University, where she teaches violin and viola, coaches chamber music and conducts the university orchestra. She is also concertmaster of the Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Virginia Symphony, and violinist with the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, N.C. More >>

Marvin MillsMARVIN MILLS, organist and assistant choral director, is organist at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Kensington, Md. He is also music director of the acclaimed National Spiritual Ensemble. Previous positions include associate minister of music at National City Christian Church, director of music at All Souls Church, Unitarian, and university organist at Howard University, all in Washington, D.C. More >>

Joel RossJoel Ross, countertenor, began his musical training at an early age, studying piano, violin, and trumpet, and singing in choirs. He continued through high school to develop his musicianship, participating in numerous ensembles, both instrumental and vocal. More >>

Loren SwartzendruberLOREN SWARTZENDRUBER, homilist, is the eigth president of Eastern Mennonite University. He was formerly president of Hesston College in Kansas, and for a decade served as associate executive secretary of the former Mennonite Board of Education in Elkhart, Ind. for 10 years. Dr. Swartzendruber is an ordained minister. More >>