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May 4, 2024, Saturday, 9 AM – 3:00 PM

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer

285 Dale St N, St Paul

Tickets: $35 (lunch included)

Scholarship is available upon request

Schedule of the Day:

9:00 AM - Participant arrival and check in

9:30 AM - Introductions, talk about history and style

10 AM – 12 PM - Choir and orchestra rehearse separately

12:00 PM - Lunch break

12:45 PM - Tutti rehearsal

2:30 PM - Play through

3:00 PM - End of workshop

Bach & Friends Workshop

This year, the Bach and Friends workshop will bring in another member of the class of 1685, Georg Friedrich Handel and his English language choral music (and previously performed by the BSM). 


With selections from Handel's Coronation Anthems, Acis and Galatea, and Triumph of Time and Truth. Additionally, instrumentalists will have an opportunity to work on abridged versions of Bach Brandenburg Concertos 3 and 5. 


All instruments welcome!

Bach & Friends Workshop

Marco Real-d’Arbelles, Associate Artistic Director

Marco Real-d’Arbelles was appointed Associate Artistic Director of the Bach Society of Minnesota in 2018 where he works as conductor, violinist, and speaker bringing diverse communities together through music. He leads BSM’s successful “Bach with Friends” workshops and can be seen performing violin in solo, recital, chamber, and orchestral performances.

Carey Shunskis, Soprano, Co-Director of Bach & Friends Workshop

Carey Shunskis is a choral conductor and soprano specializing in Early Music. Carey sings with Bach Society of Minnesota, MPLS (imPulse) and VocalEssence and is the current Music and Program Director of ComMUSICation, a non-profit uplifting the voices of youth through music. Prior to moving to the Twin Cities, Carey sang with the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston.

Full Day Schedule:

9:00-9:30, Arrival and Registration

9:30-12:00, Sectionals: Intro..etc

12:00-1:00 pm, Lunchtime Conversation

1:00-3:30, Music Together

Music Selections:

I.  Gloria

II. Et in terra pax

IV. Gratias agimus tibi and the following propter magnam

VI. Domine Fili unigenite

XI. Cum Sancto Spiritu

All other instruments are welcome! Don't see your instrument listed? No problem! Write to us at so we can work out what to play.

Singers, please check out the videos below to help you learn your part. 

Music Parts by Instruments:

Don't see your instrument listed?

Write to and we'll assign you a part!

All instruments welcome!

Music Selections:

Zadok the Priest fromCoronation Anthems by Handel

Happy We from Acis and Galatea by Handel

Time is Supreme from Triumph of Time and Truth by Handel

Abridged version of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto 3, 1st movement

Abridged version of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto 5, 1st movement

What is Bach & Friends Workshop?

Bach and Friends workshops are aimed at the many amateur musicians in our communities. In a single day, singers and instrumentalists gather to learn and perform Baroque masterpieces. Sectional rehearsal in the morning, followed by lunch, then combining forces to make glorious music! 

Participant Age?

No limit! School age, college student, community player, church choir singer, community choir singer, etc... All are welcome!

What level of music reading/playing does it require?

Parts are downloadable above. If you've had experience in a choir or a small ensemble, you can do it!

What if I play an instrument that is not listed?

No worries, contact us and we will sort it out with you together!

What if I am only available for half of the day?

We strongly recommend you participate for the whole day, but missing a little bit in the morning or afternoon would be excused.

What level of music reading/playing does it require?

Parts are downloadable above. If you've had experience in a choir or a small ensemble, you can do it!

What does the registration fee include?

A whole lot of fun (well, if you love Baroque music!), lunch, and a discount code for our upcoming Gloria! concerts.

*Contact us if the registration fee is the only barrier keeping you from participating in our workshop; scholarships are available upon request.

What's provided for lunch?

Sandwiches, wraps, vegetables, salad, fruit, cookies, chips, snacks, and sparkling water.

Is advanced registration required?

It is strongly encouraged, so we know how much food to prepare. 

How comfortable are the seats?

You will be sitting on individual chairs, not in the hard oak pews. There are several moveable upholstered seats for those who may need them. You can also walk around or stand up whenever you feel like it. It's a low-key day of music-making and sharing!

Is the building accessible?


Questions & Answers about the Workshop:

 Photo taken from May 2023 Workshop, tutti rehearsal in the afternoon.

“My kids said I was going to music camp for adults. They were right. It was great fun!” 

– Past participant

Other questions?

Contact us at 612-440-6219 |

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