The California Bach Society, a 30-voice chamber chorus, was recently awarded "Best Choral Group” and “Best Early Music/Baroque Ensemble" for 2017-2018 by San Francisco Classical Voice, following a dazzling performance at the Berkeley Early Music Festival in June 2018. Founded in 1971, CBS has specialized in historically informed performances since 1998 and has established a reputation for its interpretations of Renaissance and Baroque choral music. Since his appointment in 2006, artistic director Paul Flight has attracted audiences and critics with his thoughtful and refreshing programming. Under his direction, the chorus has become well respected for bringing lesser-known Baroque masterworks to Bay Area stages and has garnered critical acclaim.
In February 2013, Leon Chisholm of San Francisco Classical Voice wrote: "In recent years, the California Bach Society has become a prospector of Baroque gold. Its concerts have brought forth exquisite, rarely heard works by forgotten masters from the lost frontier, to the delight of its audiences." A 2017 SFCV review asserted "California Bach [Society] excels in the intricate polyphony of Bach’s choral writing.”