Bach Around The Clock celebrates the enduring musical legacy of Johann Sebastian Bach.

BATC’s goal is to provide performers and listeners the opportunity to immerse themselves in the life-giving joy that is woven into the music of J.S. Bach, and to make this experience as widely available as possible.

J.S. Bach was born on March 21, 1685. Every year, on a Saturday near his birthday, BATC presents a free, one-day, 12-hour marathon festival in which amateur and professional musicians of all ages perform their own selections of Bach’s music for a live audience.

Marika Fischer Hoyt, BATC’s artistic director, views this festival as a “musical crossroads, where performers from many different organizations and different backgrounds can meet on common ground. Bach’s music is infinitely relevant and infinitely adaptable, and that allows us to reach our hands out in many different directions…to increase our ability to engage with and serve our community.”

Incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2017, BATC has presented three successful festivals (in March of 2017, 2018, and 2019) to in-house audiences of 500-700 adults and children at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Madison, as well as live-stream broadcasts accessed by 400-600 listeners/viewers in Wisconsin and beyond. At each festival, as many as 130 amateur and professional musicians, ranging in age from 7-77+, have performed individually and in ensembles, presenting as many as 50 different vocal and instrumental works of J.S. Bach.

Bach Around the Clock serves as fiscal sponsor for Just Bach — a free, monthly concert series at Memorial Lutheran Church, Madison, WI, celebrating the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.


The 4th annual BATC festival will take place on March 28, 2020. We hope you will join us either as a performer or an audience member!


Our 2019-2020 Board of Directors

Marika Fischer Hoyt, Artistic Director
Betty Cohen, President
Daniel Sullivan, Vice President
Janet Murphy, Secretary
Jeanne Thieme, Treasurer
Shannon Farley
Paul Rowe
Ken Stancer
Jill Westberg

BATC is the recipient of the 2017 Early Music America outreach grant.

EMA Grant Recipient