Announcing the BATC 2022 Interim Artistic Director

BATC founder and artistic director, Marika Fischer Hoyt, will be on sabbatical for the 2021-22 season.We wish Marika a bon voyage as she travels to Zurich with her husband. She will return to Bach Around The Clock for the 2022-23 season.

The Board of Directors is delighted to announce that Melanie de Jesus will serve as Interim Artistic Director during Marika’s absence. Melanie will provide leadership and oversee the implementation of the BATC 2022 festival. Melanie served on the BATC Board of Directors in 2020-21 and helped bring several exciting innovations to the 2021 Virtual Festival, including the Virtual Master Class, the Middleton High School student performances, and an instructional video on how to record your performance. Melanie is director of the Madison Conservatory and a viola section coach for WYSO. Read more about Melanie’s background here.

Position Open for Interim Artistic Director

Bach Around The Clock’s Artistic Director, Marika Fischer Hoyt, will be on sabbatical for the 2021-22 season.The Board of Directors is opening a search process for an Interim Artistic Director to provide leadership and oversee the implementation of the BATC 2022 festival.

Position Summary

The Artistic Director serves as the artistic head and public face of the annual Festival, and is responsible for ensuring community engagement and artistic excellence, and providing overall directional vision and artistic leadership. The Artistic Director works closely with the Board of Directors throughout the year, to ensure the artistic quality and smooth execution of all Festival events, and to assist with the Festival’s ongoing planning.

The position is part-time, with flexible hours, averaging about 10 hours per month over 10 months, late August through May, but more intensive during January-March. The Artistic Director is paid an honorarium of $2000.

A detailed job description is available here

For more information, please contact Betty Cohen.

Guest Artist Lawrence Quinnett will return for BATC 2020

Lawrence Quinnett, who was our guest artist-in-residence at BATC 2018, will be returning to in 2020 to perform Bach’s set of six French Suites.  Quinnett is Assistant Professor of Music at Livingston College in North Carolina, where he teaches piano and music theory.  He holds a Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University.  Click to hear him perform Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in A Flat Major.

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BATC 2019 was a fabulous event. We’ll be posting a series of photos taken by various festival participants.

The first few photos come from violinist/violist Shannon Farley, who participated multiple times during the day: she played duets with her father Tim on guitar in the morning, and with guitarist Chris Allen in the afternoon, her students performed in the evening, and her string quartet closed out the festival at night.

Thank you for your cheerful participation all day long, Shannon, and for the photos which capture the energy and enthusiasm you brought to the festival!




Want the inside scoop on this year’s BATC festival?

Tune in on Sunday Feb. 24 at 10 am Central to the Musica Antiqua show on WORT, Madison’s community radio station. Host Carol Moseson will interview BATC Artistic Director Marika Fischer Hoyt about the upcoming festival, who’s performing, who’s hosting, and what’s new, alternating with clips from the 2018 12-hour marathon concert.

You can check it out at 89.9 FM, or listen online from the link on their website at

The 12-Hour BATC Festival is Completely Filled!

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As of Friday, February 8, the Festival Schedule has filled up, with a wonderful cornucopia of Bach selections for the audience to enjoy.  Our musicians include young Suzuki violinists, professionals from the Madison Symphony, solo vocalists and choirs, adult amateurs, music clubs like the Winds of Southern Wisconsin and the Association of Church Musicians, and students and faculty from UW-Madison, UW- Whitewater, and UW-Stevens Point! The full schedule is posted on the ‘Festival Schedule’ page of our website HERE.