Bach Vespers at St. Thomas
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Reception to follow

Bach: Cantata, Mein Gott, wie lang, ach lange, BWV 155

Bach: Cantata, Der Friede sei mit dir, BWV 158

Bach: “Quia respexit” from the Magnificat, BWV 243
Start the New Year with the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble! Soloists Alisa Jordheim, Lauren McCalister, Andreas Kirtley, and Jonathan Cooper join the CBE in presenting two of Bach’s shorter cantatas, Mein Gott, wie lang, ach lange, BWV 155 and Der Friede sei mit dir, BWV 158



Bach Vespers, Dec. 14, 6pm


Bach Vespers at St. Thomas
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Reception to follow
Bach: Cantata: Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61
Bach: Three “Leipzig” Chorale Preludes
     Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
     Trio super Nun Komm er Heiden Heiland, BWV 660
     Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 661
Lassus: Benedic, anima mea (Psalm 103)
Weelkes: Magnificat (Short Service)

Celebrate Advent at St. Thomas with the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble and Choir as they present Bach’s great Advent cantata “Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland” (Savior of the nations, come) featuring soloists Danielle Adams, Allan Palacios Chan, and Samuel Chan. St. Thomas organist Jason Gunnell will perform three of the “Leipzig” organ Chorale Preludes based on the same choral tune.

Listen to the CBE

Check out these recent live recordings from our September Concert, and join us for the next Bach Vespers at St. Thomas, this Sunday, December 14 at 6pm!

Season Opening Concert at St. Boniface

The Cincinnati Bach Ensemble will begin its 2014-2015 with a concert of baroque concerti and cantatas in the glorious acoustics of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Northside on Sunday, September 14, at 4pm.

The CBE, led by Artistic Director Carlton Monroe, performed Bach’s Concerto for Flute in a minor, Albinoni’s Concerto for Oboe in d minor, No. 2, as well as two Bach church cantatas: Leibster Jesu, mein Verlangen, BWV 32, and, Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats, BWV 42. Joining the CBE are soloists Dwight Parry, oboe, and Randy Bowman, flute of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; and soprano YoonGeong Lee, alto Kate Tombaugh, tenor Shawn Mlynek, and baritone Jonathan Cooper.

This concert is free, although donations will be accepted.

This concert will begin a season of eight performances, including seven Bach Vespers at St. Thomas. The Cincinnati Bach Ensemble serves as Ensemble-in-Residence at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, where it plays for this monthly evening service featuring the cantatas of J. S. Bach.

Season highlights include: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140 in November, guest choir Cincinnati Camerata and conductor Brett Scott in March, Bach’s great motet Jesu, meine Freude sung by the Cincinnati Bach Choir in March, and an April Bach Vespers featuring the combined choirs of St. Thomas and Christ Church Cathedral. In May the CBE and St. Thomas ensembles will present a new cantata by Douglas Pew, Composer-in-Residence at St. Thomas, and composer of the new opera Penny, being premiere at Washington National Opera in 2015.

For more information, go to the St. Thomas website at or visit

Cincinnati Bach Ensemble’s 2014-2015 Season

DSC00014The 2014-2015 season of the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble will feature performances of 8 cantatas of J. S. Bach, a world premiere, a new Abendmusik Concert series, and collaborations and guest appearances of three different area ensembles.

The Bach Vespers series will have seven services with performances of eight different cantatas. Highlights include Bach’s well-known Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140; an advent service with Cantata 61 and Corelli’s “Christmas” Concerto Grosso; a February collaboration with the Cincinnati Camerata and Director Brett Scott; and in April special service in the St. Thomas Parish Hall featuring the combined choirs of St. Thomas and Christ Church Cathedral. During Lent, the Cincinnati Bach Choir will sing the great motet Jesu, meinde Freude in a service that is part of the Cincinnati Bach Festival.

The new Abendmusik (Evening Music) Concert series will feature five special programs: a Voice Recital by soprano YoonGeong Lee; a season-opening concert at St. Boniface Church; a lunchtime program as part of Christ Church Cathedral’s Music Live at Lunch series; the annual candlelight concert by the Catacoustic Consort, an event not to be missed; and a performance of Arvo Pärt’s haunting Passio by the CBE and Cincinnati Camerata.

For complete details of the season, please visit


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CBE Premieres New Easter Cantata

The Cincinnati Bach Ensemble will premiere a new Easter Cantata, The Firstfruits of Them That Slept, by composer Douglas Pew at the Bach Vespers, Sunday, April 27, 6pm at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Joining the CBE will be soloists Kate Tombaugh, James Onstad, and Michael Young, along with the St. Thomas Parish Choir, all under the direction of Carlton Monroe.

Also featured is Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra trumpeter Doug Lindsay, who will perform the Concerto for Trumpet in Eb Major by Jan Krtitel Jiri Neruda as part a prelude recital.

Dr. Pew is Adjunct Professor of Composition and Theory at Northern Kentucky University and Composer-in-Residence at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Cincinnati, OH. His accolades include commissions and performances from the Washington National Opera at the John F. Kennedy Center, Atlanta Opera 24-hour Project, NANOWorks Opera Company, Polish Chamber Choir, Cincinnati Bach Ensemble, Ascend Voices, Miami University Men’s Glee Club, Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra, and various church choirs. He received a Fulbright Grant to study sacred choral composition at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland. Other prizes include a commission from the Barlow Endowment for New Music at BYU, 1st prize in the 2009 SCI/ASCAP Student Composers Commission Competition, multiple awards from the Musica Sacra International Choral Composition Competition in Poland, an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award, the Susan and Ford Schumann Fellowship from the Aspen Music Festival and School. He also received multiple grants from the Tangeman Sacred Music Center at the University of Cincinnati, and honorable mentions in the Finale/Eighth Blackbird competition and ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennel Prize. His choral music is published by Boosey & Hawkes, Jackman Music, and his own publishing house, Blue Shore Music.



Cincinnati Bach Ensemble: Music Live at Lunch

Soprano Josefien Stoppelenberg and Mezzo-Soprano Kate Tombaugh join the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble to perform J. S. Bach’s little known setting of Psalm 51, Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden at Christ Church Cathedral on Tuesday, April 1 at 12:10pm. The performance is part of the Cathedral’s Music Live at Lunch series.

For this work, Bach arrange Pergolesi’s famous Stabat Mater, adjusting it to fit a German translation of Psalm 51, the Lenten psalm known by it’s Latin title “Miserere Mei.”

Josefien Stoppelenberg graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music in 2005. She is regularly featured as a soloist for oratorio performances in the Netherlands, Germany and the US. She has been called “an astonishing singer” (Chicago Tribune), praised for her “creamy tone, dead-on accuracy and dramatic interpretation” (Chicago Classical Music).

Ms. Stoppelenburg’s recent solo engagements include Handel oratorios with the Baroque Band, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra and the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, the Fauré Requiem with Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, and the rôle of Aci in Handel’s Aci, Galatea e Polifemo and Tirsi in Clori, Tirsi e Fileno with the Haymarket Opera Company, Chicago’s 17th and 18th century opera troupe, which burst onto the scene in 2011 to great critical acclaim; ​

This season has seen Kate Tombaugh as “Rosina” in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville with the Santa Fe Concert Association (NM), as “Hansel” in Hansel and Gretel with Opera Omaha (NE), as “Meg Page” with Winter Opera St. Louis in Verdi’s Falstaff (MO), and as featured soloist with the Heartland Philharmonic in the State Farm 30th annual “Sounds of Christmas” concert and with the Lexington Philharmonic in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She premiered her originally-conceived one-woman show “It Just Takes One” in October with Prairie Fire Theatre in Bloomington, IL.

Kate has been very involved in youth music education through directing youth choirs, teaching voice privately, coordinating and teaching music and drama courses, and performing in a multitude of outreach programs geared toward youth. She is a frequent recitalist and has an expansive interest in the varying styles and eras of composition. Concerts featuring Kate have spanned Bach and early music festivals to the premieres of newly-composed works.