Greg Funfgeld celebrated hist 35th season as artistic director and conductor of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem in 2018 with milestone projects including this recording of works by Bach and Handel. Mr. Funfgeld has expanded the programs of The Bach Choir beyond the annual Bach Festival into a year-round season of 32 concerts and educational programs with an audience of more than 22,000.
Mr. Funfgeld led the choir on two major concert tours – to Germany in 1995 and to the United Kingdom in 2003, including a performance for the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall. He also directed the choir’s centennial performances at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall in 1998–2000. In 2011, Mr. Funfgeld directed the choir in New York City performances at Saint Paul’s Chapel and Trinity Church, Wall Street as part of a series of concerts entitled Remember to Love, presented in observance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Commissioned works during Mr. Funfgeld’s tenure include Libby Larsen’s cantata I It Am – The Shewing of Julian of Norwich, co-commissioned with the BBC Proms; Stephen Paulus’s A Dream of Time, commissioned in honor of Funfgeld’s 25th anniversary with The Bach Choir; and Young Meister Bach, a one act comic opera by Chuck Holdeman with a libretto by Bill Bly. Under Mr. Funfgeld’s leadership, the choir has released 13 recordings and co-produced two films – the PBS documentary Make a Joyful Noise, and the internationally distributed Classical Kids’ DVD, Mr. Bach Comes to Call.
Mr. Funfgeld is the architect and director of the choir’s outstanding educational outreach programs, including Bach to School, Bach at Noon, and the annual interdisciplinary Family Concert. These programs have been awarded an annual grant from the National Endowment for the Arts since 2011 and received an international award from the J.S. Bach Foundation, Switzerland in 2012.
Mr. Funfgeld is a member of the advisory board of The American Bach Society. He also served as the director of music at First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem for 40 years until 2016. 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. Mr. Funfgeld was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Lehigh University in 2007 and from Moravian College in 2018, in recognition of his musical accomplishments locally, nationally, and internationally.