Berkshire Choral International

John Sinclair

Bach Festival Society, Rollins College

One of Florida's most visible musicians, Dr. John V. Sinclair, DMA, is celebrating his 21st season as artistic director and conductor of the Bach Festival in Winter Park. He is chair of the department of music and is the John M. Tiedtke Professor of Music at Rollins College. He also conductor of the International Moravian Music Festivals.

Under Dr. Sinclair’s tenure, the Bach Festival Choir has achieved international recognition, touring extensively in Europe, producing a nationally released CD, and performing with the London Symphony Orchestra during its Florida residencies. Dr. Sinclair is known for creative interpretations, an expressive conducting style, and innovative programming.

Dr. Sinclair conducts the Walt Disney World Candlelight Processional at EPCOT and has conducted recordings for Warner Brothers, the Walt Disney Corporation, Moravian Music Foundation, and the Bach Festival. He conducts approximately 150 performances each year. Over the past 15 years, he has made more than 700 appearances throughout the United States and overseas as conductor, clinician, or lecturer, including conducting a principal mass at St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City.

A master teacher, Dr. Sinclair has received many awards while at Rollins, including the Hugh F. McKean Teaching Award, the Arthur Vining Davis Fellowship, and the Lifetime Achievement Award. United Arts of Central Florida has twice named him Outstanding Music Educator of the Year, and Florida International Magazine selected him as one of their Power Players in the Arts.

Dr. Sinclair founded the Rollins College Community School of Music and the Bach Society’s arts-in-education program, FreshStARTS, which takes innovative music programs to thousands of public school students in central Florida each year.

Works conducted at BCI

  • Ludwig Beethoven, 9th Symphony (Finale), 2016
  • Ludwig Beethoven, Mass in C Major, 2016
  • Puccini, Messe di Gloria, 2014 Winter Park
  • Rossini, Stabat Mater, 2014 Winter Park