Bach Festival Society of Winter Park (Winter Park, FL)


  • Name:Eizabeth Gwinn
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Bach Festival Society of Winter Park
  • Address:1000 Holt Ave
    Box 2763
    Winter Park, FL 32789
    United States
  • County:Orange

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:407-646-2182

User Email


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  • Mission:
  • The mission of the Bach Festival Society is to inspire the human spirit through great classical music, featuring powerful choral performances, as we celebrate the legacy of J.S. Bach.

  • Overview:
  • The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park is the oldest performing arts organization in Central Florida. Since its founding in 1935, the Society has maintained a strong partnership with Rollins College and presented J.S. Bach's orchestral and coral music to the public for its enlightenment, education, and enjoyment. The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park has enjoyed a long tradition of bringing world-class music to the Winter Park Community. Since its inception, the Society has expanded its offerings to include Choral Masterworks and Visiting Artists performances, as well as a variety of educational and community outreach programs to audiences of all ages.

  • History:
  • The Bach Festival Society was founded in 1935 at Rollins College to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach’s birth by presenting the composer’s orchestral and choral music to the public for its enlightenment, education, pleasure, and enjoyment. Mrs. Isabelle Sprague-Smith, a former New York artist and school principal, was the president and driving force behind the Bach Festival from 1935 until her death in 1950. At Mrs. Sprague-Smith’s death, the future of the Bach Festival was uncertain. Rollins President Hugh McKean asked John M. Tiedtke, the treasurer of the College, to fulfill the obligation and he accepted. Mr. Tiedtke served as President of the Board of Trustees until his death in December 2004. Rev. Eric Ravndal served as President from 2005-2016. Autumn Ames currently serves as President.

  • Year established:1935
  • Endowment:Unknown

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Board of Trustees:

    Rev. Eric Ravndal, III, Chairperson

    Mrs. Autumn Ames, President

    Mr. David Torre, Vice President

    Mr. Michael Kakos, Treasurer

    Mr. Scott Taylor, Secretary

    Dr. Grant Cornwell, President, Rollins College

    The Hon. Cynthia Mackinnon

    Mr. J. Brock McClane

    Dr. S. Blair Murphy

    Mrs. Beppy Landrum Owen

    Dr. John W. Schott

    Mrs. Beverly Slaughter

    Ms. M. Elizabeth Brothers, Trustee Emerita

    Mr. J. Michael Murphy, Trustee Emeritus

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Elizabeth Gwinn, Executive Director

    Dr. John Sinclair, Artistic Director and Conductor

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Elixabeth Gwinn, Executive Director
    Dr. John Sinclair, Artistic Director and Conductor
    Rhonda Burnham, Program and Education Manager
    Zac Alfson, Patron Engagement Manager


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Unknown
  • IRS Section:
  • Tax ID:59-6015959

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:596015959
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% ROLLINS COLLEGE
  • Organization Address:1000 HOLT AVENUE 2763
  • Organization City:WINTER PARK
  • Organization State:FL
  • Organization Zip:32789-4499
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:December, 1955
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
  • Activity Code(s):119, 059
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other cultural or historical activities, Other school related activities
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:A680
  • Asset Amount:$3,270,421
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,116,074
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$1,116,074
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 5:43:41 am

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