Greg Funfgeld has been artistic director and conductor of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem since 1983. He has expanded the programs of The Bach Choir beyond the annual Bach Festival to become a year-round season of 31 concerts and educational programs with an audience of more than 20,000.
Mr. Funfgeld led The Choir on two major concert tours, to Germany in 1995 and the United Kingdom in 2003. He also directed The Choir’s Centennial performances at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Commissioned works during Mr. Funfgeld’s tenure have included Libby Larsen’s Cantata I It Am–The Shewings of Julian of Norwich, co-commissioned with the BBC Proms, and Stephen Paulus’ A Dream of Time, commissioned in honor of Funfgeld’s 25th anniversary with The Bach Choir. Under Mr. Funfgeld’s leadership, The Choir has released five recordings of major works by Bach as well as the popular four-volume Christmas in Bethlehem.
Media projects have included the Emmy award-winning PBS documentary on The Bach Choir, Make a Joyful Noise, and a film version of Classical Kids’ award-winning CD Mr. Bach Comes to Call that aired nation-wide on PBS. Mr. Funfgeld is a member of the advisory board of The American Bach Society. He also serves as the director of music at First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem. He is a 1976 graduate of Westminster Choir College, where he studied under Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt. In 1986, he received the Alumni Merit Award for excellence in musical performance. In 2007, Mr. Funfgeld was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Lehigh University in recognition of his musical accomplishments locally, nationally, and internationally.