The Riemenschneider Bach Institute

Conservatory of Music
Riemenschneider Bach Institute
Boesel Musical Arts Building, Room 160
(440) 826-2044 [Library]; (440) 826-2207 [Office Manager]

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m
Monday & Wednesday 2-5 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday 1 -3 p.m.

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The Riemenschneider Bach Institute is a renowned research center dedicated to J. S. Bach.

The Institute houses rare items related to J. S. Bach and his circle, as well as historical reference materials, scores, and a collection of classic recordings. The entry is located on the first floor of the Boesel Musical Arts Center.

In October 1968, Baldwin Wallace University began a project which culminated in September 1969, with the opening of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute. The Bach Institute houses the well-known Riemenschneider Bach Library, a unique collection of Bach-oriented books, manuscripts, archival materials, and scores, includeing rare items such as the Emmy Martin Collection of first-edition scores; the Riemenschneider Graduate Library Collection; the Hans T. David Collection of books, manuscripts, archival items, and scores (including a number of first-edition scores);  the opera-oriented Tom Villella collection of phonodiscs, books, archival materials, and memorabilia and the Albert and Helen Borowitz Recording Collection (2007). The library also holds a collection of Cleveland Orchestra programs (1902-1974). Currently, the total Bach Institute "volume count" exceeds the 20,000 mark.

To date, the Riemenschneider Bach Institute has brought to press annotated editions of five Bach exemplars in the R.B.I. collection of editions published or readied for press during the composer's lifetime and three Bach-autograph and Bach-circle manuscripts it holds.

In addition to opening the library collection for the use of Baldwin Wallace University, the local community, and Riemenschneider Bach Institute members during the school year, the Riemenschneider Bach Institute also extends non-circulating library privileges (with necessary restrictions placed upon certain rare materials) to scholars, performers, and students worldwide.

The Riemenschneider Bach Institute serves as a research center for Bach and Baroque performance and publication, sponsors regularly scheduled concerts and lectures, and also publishes a journal, BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute. The Riemenschneider Bach Institute's initial Symposium-Concert Series was held in February 1970. Annual Symposium-Concerts featuring performers and lecturers of local, national, and international note have been presented regularly since that time. These events are free and open to the public.

The Riemenschneider Bach Institute serves as:

  • Guardian of priceless Bach-related manuscripts and first editions
  • Publisher of BACH: 
  • Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute (a journal with subscribers in approximately 30 countries). It publishes articles and reviews written by scholars interested in J. S. Bach and his circle.
  • Supervisor of the research library and listening room.
  • Sponsor of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute Symposium
  • Provider of scholarly support for the annual Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival, the oldest collegiate Bach Festival in the United States.

Mission Statement

To preserve and enhance Baldwin Wallace University's distinctive and internationally recognized tradition of cultivating the music of J. S. Bach, and to provide Conservatory students with exemplary models of musicological research and scholarly resources needed for their academic development.

The Institute will fulfill its mission by:

  1. Acting as stewards of the valuable materials entrusted to the Conservatory by the Riemenschneider, Martin, David, and Villella families in accordance with the stipulations accompanying the gifts
  2. Acquiring new materials related to the scholarly study of Bach to ensure that the collection remains up-to-date
  3. Publishing a journal of internationally recognized caliber
  4. Serving as the administrative and research arm of the Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival and other Conservatory events as deemed appropriate
  5. Sponsoring symposium-concerts of the music of Bach's time

BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute

Guest Editor: Mary Greer
Associate Editor: Laura Kennelly

Editorial Board: Mary Greer, Guest Editor, Delbert Disselhorst (University of Iowa, emeritus), Don O. Franklin (University of Pittsburgh, emeritus),  Michael Marrisen (Swarthmore College), Steven E. Plank (Oberlin College), Markus Rathey (Yale University), Jeanne Swack (University of Wisconsin), and Melvin Unger (SUNY-Fredonia).

BACH: The Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute publishes articles for those interested in Bach and his circle and in the Baroque era.

Past issues of BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute are now available on JSTOR, the not-for-profit online digital archive. Users are able to access articles as full-text PDF files for searching, browsing, downloading, and printing from the journal's first year of publication in 1970 up until the most recent three years. Information about JSTOR can be found at


Membership Details

  • Includes two issues per year of BACH (subscriptions are not sold apart from memberships)
  • The privilege of purchasing books  published by the Bach Institute at a reduced price*
  • Entrance to programs in the Bach Institute's Symposium-Concert Series.
  • Both library and individual membership: $40.00 annually (non-United States addresses, $60.00). Select back issues are available. Inquire for price.
  • Beginning 2002, the "Supplemental Catalog of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute Library Holdings"(formerly included with membership) will be available only online. Earlier issues may be requested.

To subscribe, send check, money order [in US funds] or credit card information to:

Attn: Frank Paino, Administrator of Library Services
BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute
Ritter Library

Baldwin Wallace University
275 Eastland Road
Berea, OH 44017 

For more information, contact Frank Paino at or Laura Kennelly at For general information, contact

Submission Guidelines: Information for Contributors

  • Previously unpublished articles presenting materials of interest to Baroque scholars and performers will be given careful consideration for publication in BACH.
  • In general, BACH follows The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. rev., University of Chicago Press, 2010.
  • All copy must be word processed and may be submitted electronically or typed double spaced on 8.5 x 11 paper. MS Word, Word Perfect, and other formats are generally acceptable. Please query if unsure.
  • Illustrations: musical examples must either be professionally scribed (black ink on white paper) or computer generated (Sibelius preferred). 
  • Photos should be scanned in grayscale mode with a 250 dpi resolution. They may be in color, but black and white is preferred. Line art should be scanned in bitmap mode with a 600 dpi resolution. Scan art close to size that will be used in article (does not have to be exact)
  • Photographic copies secured from printed music under copyright are unacceptable. Digital or glossy-print photographic copies (5 x 7 or 8 x 10) of early manuscripts, printed pages, city maps, etc., are acceptable when accompanied by title, source, dates of origin, and other bibliographic material, including the names of institutions holding the originals. Such illustrations must be accompanied by permissions to publish from the holding institution.
  • Contributors receive 10 copies of the issue.
  • Queries may be directed to Dr. Laura Kennelly at


John DiGennaro
Director, Library Services

Laura Kennelly
Associate Editor of Bach

Frank Paino
Administrator of Library Services