The Artists Collaborative Ensemble (ACE) is the resident performing ensemble of the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, which is comprised of symposium participants who apply in the following categories: 

  • Composer/Performer (Category II);

  • Performer (Category III);

  • OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program (Category III);

  • Conductor (Category IV);

  • Ensemble Applicant (Category VIII).

Each member of ACE is a vital part of a community of musicians—instrumentalists, vocalists, composer/performers, and conductors—who perform the music of symposium participants throughout the festival.

ACE gives performances in the primary concert and workshop venues of the symposium: the “New Sound Worlds” Series; the “Performers Showcase” Concert Series; and the “Wild Nights Cafes.” The musicians of ACE are mentored by guest artists and “Performers Showcase” artists in rehearsals, who also perform with them in concert performances and workshops.

Now more than ever, we must work together as a community of composers and performers in order to further develop and strengthen our common artistic values and aspirations, especially in these challenging times. We have the power to ensure that the arts thrive, and in OBFCS, we are focusing on the creation, performance, and recording of new music. Moreover, we welcome participants to create music that is related to significant issues and challenges that face our society, such as: the environmental crisis; peace-making; bridging the divides within society; diversity, equity & inclusion; or any theme of your choice.

We strive to connect all OBFCS participants who come from around the world—composers, composer/performers, performers, and conductors—through ongoing creative projects and collaborations that extend into the future far beyond the boundaries of the symposium itself.