We are pleased to present a new archive of posters, programs, photographs, articles, and recordings chronicling the many performances which comprise our rich history of musical excellence. BachSoc's storied past serves as an inspiration to current and future performers and guides us to follow the both traditional yet innovative approach of our predecessors in our new season's programming. To our alumni along with those with a general interest in our history, enjoy this collection!

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**This section is still being updated, so some external links may not work.

BachSoc: Quite the Tease

A gallery of some of our most amusing posters. Check them out here.

A Special Celebration

BachSoc marked its 50th Anniversary with a special gala weekend in 2004 that included an alumni banquet on Friday, May 6 and a performance at Sanders Theater on Saturday, May 7 as part of Harvard's Arts First Weekend. A summary of the gala weekend's events with a gallery of photographs is available here.

Where are they now?

As one of the only undergraduate-led orchestras in the country, BachSoc has served as a stepping stone for many professional conductors. Find out what our past music directors are up to now!

Too Many Notes? - Coming soon!

BachSoc has covered a great deal of musical territory over the years, with programming spanning from the introduction of new works to the repetition of time-honored classics. Find out when BachSoc featured your favorite pieces in our repertoire list, organized both by composer and by year performed.

Help Us Fill In The Blanks

We have no traces of several years, particularly from the 1960s, in our collection. We would be delighted to learn more about these mysterious years - please contact us if you can help!


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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