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

Guest Artists

Maria Rist   SOPRANO
Maria Rist is the Director of Sacred Music at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga, where she established the Gloria Dei Schola and the Jubilate Deo Youth Schola. Her focus of study is early music from Gregorian chant to Baroque oratorio. A founding member of Knoxville’s Harmonia Vocal Quartet and a frequent recitalist with the Knoxville Early Music Project, Maria performed with the Knoxville Choral Society and the Knoxville Chamber Chorale for over a decade. Maria has performed as a soprano soloist in choral works that span the history of Western religious music, from J. S. Bach to John Rutter. Maria lives in Chattanooga with her husband, Bo, and their two daughters, Elena and Silvia.


James Harr   TENOR
A native of Chattanooga, James Harr is a candidate for the doctoral degree in vocal performance at the University of Memphis. He holds a master’s degree in vocal performance from Washington University, in St. Louis. He has sung concerts with symphonies in St. Louis, Memphis, and Chattanooga. While in St. Louis, he sang with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Chorus for seven years as a principal singer. Upon moving to Memphis, James sang with the Rhodes MasterSingers, the Memphis Symphony, and the Memphis Masterworks Chorale. Since returning to Chattanooga several years ago, he has appeared with both the Chattanooga Symphony and the Chattanooga Bach Choir. James has performed a number of opera roles. Here in Chattanooga, he has appeared with Opera Tennessee and Scenic City Opera. James is on the faculty of the McCallie School where he serves as the Director of Choral Programs.

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