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Kalamazoo Bach Festival

Identifier: RH-A-2801

Scope and Contents

One of Kalamazoo’s oldest music organizations, the Kalamazoo Bach festival was founded by the Professor of Music at Kalamazoo College, Henry Overley, in 1946. He wanted to bring the town together to experience the joy of making music and create something inspiring, in particular, to recreate the instrumental music and choral of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries. Participants include visiting artists, local professional musicians, college and high school students, and even amateur performers. Since its first season in 1947, the Festival has grown and expanded due to the active involvement of the community. The Festival’s repertoire has expanded to include not only the music by Bach and his contemporaries, but also nineteenth and twentieth century composers. Their mission is “to bring together people of all ages and diverse backgrounds and provide them with an opportunity to experience the joy of making music by performing some of the best works in the choral repertoire.”


  • Creation: 1991-1998



2 boxes : 1.0 cubic feet

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Physical Description

The collection amounts to 1.0 cubic feet and is composed of documents from the Kalamazoo Bach Festival dating from 1991 to 1998. A majority of the documents are 8 ½” x 11” with a few exceptions. Most of the documents are in black and white, although some letters of correspondence are printed on purple Bach Festival paper and there are a few programs, advertisements, and publication booklets printed in color. The documents, for the most part, are in good condition, however, photocopies were taken of newspaper articles and fax copies that contained faded print which may be difficult to read.


The collection is composed of documents from the Kalamazoo Bach Festival dating from 1991-1998.


This collection was acquired via Laurel Grotzinger, former President of the Board of Directors, in 2016.

Kalamazoo Bach Festival Finding Aid
Katherine Bauer
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490