headshot of John Dodson, older man with slight smile and bright eyesJohn Thomas Dodson

Music Director

John Thomas Dodson is an American orchestral conductor known for his rich musical interpretations and visionary programming. As the Music Director of the Lexington Bach Festival since 2015, Dodson has embraced this annual celebration of the enduring legacy of Johann Sebastian Bach by inviting extraordinary musicians to perform and programming a diverse repertoire spanning Purcell and Piazzolla.

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violinist Geneva Lewis in a beige turtleneck holding her violin2024 Featured Artist: Geneva Lewis


Kiwi/American violinist Geneva Lewis has forged a reputation as a musician of consummate artistry whose performances speak from and to the heart. Lauded for “remarkable mastery of her instrument” (CVNC) and hailed as “clearly one to watch” (Musical America).


guitarist Colin Davin wearing a sports jacket and black shirt, playing his guitar2024 Guest Artist: Colin Davin


Guitarist Colin Davin has emerged as one of today’s most dynamic artists. He has performed across the world, including at Carnegie Hall, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, the Fridge Fringe in Dubai, and the Paris Conservatoire.

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Lexington Bach Festival Orchestra

The Lexington Bach Festival Orchestra is comprised of professional musicians located in the states of Michigan and Ohio. In addition to their artistic work with other professional orchestras in the region, many serve on the faculties of universities, colleges and other educational institutions throughout the area.

Bach Festival Orchestra playing at Ave Maria Parish in Lexington