Chattanoooga Bach Choir and Orchestra Delighting audiences with Classical and Baroque choral music since 1985

Artistic Staff

David Long, Conductor


David Long is now in the 13th season as artistic director and conductor of The Chattanooga Bach Choir and he serves as interim Director of Music/Choir Master at Grace Episcopal Church, Chattanooga. David also conducts the TN Festival Singers and is also a frequent guest conductor with the Men’s Choir, Voci Virili. He has expanded the repertoire of The Bach Choir to include a cantata series, plus masterworks choral-orchestral concerts featuring Bach’s Mass in B Minor and St. John Passion, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Beethoven’s Mass in C and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Mr. Long has also expanded the 20th-21st century repertoire with works by Rachmaninoff, Britten, Lauridsen and Gjeilo.

He is a 1991 graduate of Elon College, and holds master’s degrees in Performance-Orchestral Conducting (University of TN at Chattanooga) and Church Music (Southern Theological Seminary). David has participated in the Beyond the Baton Workshop Seminar, the Conductors’ Institute of the University of South Carolina, the Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition, the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians, and the Oregon Bach Festival, where he was selected as a conducting fellow, studying in masterclasses under Helmuth Rilling. In 2001, he was selected to participate in the Symphonic Conducting Workshop and Competition at the Accademia dell’ Arte of Florence/Arezzo, where he was a prize winner and conducted the Accademia dell’ Arte Orchestra in the city of Florence.

David resides in Chattanooga with his wife, Karen, a media relations specialist for Memorial Hospital, and their three children, Megan, Jacob and Cassidy. He enjoys bicycle riding with his family on the many trails and greenways along the Tennessee River and Chickamauga Creek.

Karla Fowkes, Rehearsal Accompanist and Organ Continuo

Karla Fowkes

Karla Fowkes graduated from Southern Adventist University in 1979. The following year she studied at the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna, Austria with Peter Planyavsky. She earned a Master of Music degree in organ performance at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1986. She is the Organist/Choirmaster at Christ Church, Episcopal, a position she has held since 1992. She enjoys performing regularly with the Chattanooga Bach Choir.

Mark Reneau, Concertmaster

Mark Reneau

Mark Reneau has been concertmaster of the Chattanooga Bach Choir Orchestra since the 1980s, and at the same time he was Associate Concertmaster of the CSO. He has been concertmaster of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra since 1998. Other orchestras in which he has played include the North Carolina Symphony, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, and the Charleston Symphony. He has participated in the Cullowhee, Aspen, Appalachian Summer and Bellingham music festivals.

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