Artistic and Administrative Staff
James Richman, named Artistic Director of the Dallas Bach Society in 1995, is a prominent harpsichordist and fortepianist, as well as one of today’s leading conductors of Baroque music and opera. The first musician since Leonard Bernstein to attend Harvard, Juilliard, and the Curtis Institute of Music, James Richman studied conducting with Max Rudolf and Herbert Blomstedt, piano with Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Rosina Lhevinne and Rudolf Serkin, and hardsichord with Albert Fuller and Kenneth Gilbert. He holds a degree in the History of Science magna cum laude from Harvard College. He is a prizewinner in four international competitions for early keyboard instruments, including first prize in the Bodky Competition of the Cambridge Society of Early Music, laureate of the Bruges Harpsichord Competition and bronze medal in the Paris Harpsichord Competition of the Festival Estival and in the First International Fortepiano Competition (Paris). His Concert Royal ensemble has been in residence at St. Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue in New York since 1982, performing chamber music concerts as well as the works of Handel, Bach and Purcell with the Choir of Men and Boys at St. Thomas. He is also Artistic Director and founder of New York’s Concert Royal and Music Director of the New York Baroque Dance Company, and he recently led the Hanover Band at the Pollenca festival in Majorca.
Jack Bunning, Executive Director, has been in arts administration in Dallas for over 25 years. Beginning his non- profit career with the Dallas Chamber Orchestra (DCO) highlighted by a special concert with 10 Stradivarius violins. From the DCO, he sent 2 years leading the Turtle Creek Chorale before being hired by the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza where he spent 10 years. In all these positions, the organizations saw increased growth across all lines of income. Jack spent 2 years finishing off a $ 77 million capital campaign for the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin Texas. He returned to Dallas in 2009 as Executive Director of the Dallas Historical Society. His most recent positions include being the first Director of Development for the Community Council of Greater Dallas and Director of Marketing and Development for Kitchen Dog Theater before coming to the Dallas Bach Society.
Board of Directors
Valerie Gustin, Teasurer
Kathy Fox-Powell, Secretary
Arend Koch, Past President
Dr. Ellen Marder, Member at Large
Stephanie McDonald, Member at Large
Tammy Meredith, Member at Large
Dr. Nowara Scmidt-Nowara, Member at Large