About the Orchestra

The Bach Society Orchestra, Harvard's premier undergraduate chamber orchestra, is devoted to the study and performance of works for smaller orchestras, from intimate chamber pieces to mid-sized symphonies, taken from a wide range of historical periods. Each season includes four performances throughout the year, often including student and professional collaborations with guest soloists or Harvard choral groups.

Popularly known as BachSoc, the Bach Society Orchestra is staffed, managed, and conducted entirely by students. Each year, the members of the orchestra select a student, always an undergraduate, to be their conductor for the following year. In turn, at the beginning of the new year the inaugurated conductor reauditions every member of the orchestra, ensuring that the quality of the orchestra remains high. BachSoc's rehearsals and concerts provide a refreshingly egalitarian ethos combined with the highest standards of musical performance.
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Music Director

Reuben Stern '20, Music Director

Reuben Stern is a Mathematics concentrator living in Dunster House. An experienced bassoonist, Reuben has performed dozens of concerts in the Greater Boston area with the Boston Youth Symphony, Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, and contemporary music ensemble Alea III. Additionally, he has toured domestically and internationally as a member of the 2014 and 2016 iterations of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, under the direction of David Robertson, Christoph Eschenbach, and Valery Gergiev. Outside of music, Reuben enjoys philosophy, creative writing, and calligraphy, and at one point in his life aspired to be a close-up magician. He is thrilled to be working with the Bach Society orchestra for the '19 – '20 season!

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Flute & Piccolo




French Horn



Orchestral Piano


The Bach Society Orchestra hosts two annual competitions - the Concerto competition and the Composition competition - to promote the recognition of musical excellence at Harvard.

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