Conservatory of Music
Riemenschneider Bach Institute
Boesel Musical Arts Building, Room 160
(440) 826-2044 - Library
(440) 826-8074 - Paul Cary, Conservatory Librarian


Academic Year:
Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Due to COVID-19, the Institute is NOT open to the general public but is open to students, faculty and staff.

Summer (by appointment only):
(440) 826-8074 or

Research Appointments:
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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About the Riemenschneider Bach Institute

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The Institute houses rare items related to J. S. Bach and his circle, as well as historical reference materials, scores, and a collection of classic recordings.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, including 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 University 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

Martha Goldsworthy Arnold Fellowship

The Martha Goldsworthy Arnold visiting academic research fellowship is for full-time residential research in the collections of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute. Fellowships are for a period of one to four weeks with a stipend of up to $2,500, depending on the length of stay and travel expenses. Fellows will be encouraged to present their work to faculty and students and, depending on suitability, submit it for publication to BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute. The Riemenschneider Bach Institute welcomes applications from scholars interested not only in its exceptional collection of Bach-related materials, but in any of its diverse holdings.


Scholars who hold the Ph.D., doctoral candidates engaged in dissertation research, and independent scholars are eligible. Applicants may be U.S. Citizens or foreign nationals.


Applications are due every October 1 and April 1 for research undertaken within one year of each date. Decisions will be made within 4-6 weeks of these deadlines. Update: Due to COVID-19, applications will not be accepted on October 1, 2020.


Applications must include a 1000-2000 word research proposal, a one- to two-page curriculum vitae, a list of the materials at the Riemenschneider Bach Institute that will be used for research, and a proposed budget for travel and housing expenses. For students, one letter of reference should also be submitted directly by referee to All application materials must be in English. Applications should be submitted as a PDF document to

BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute

BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute >


Paul Cary
Conservatory Librarian

Charles Vesei
Director, Library Services

Christina Fuhrmann
Editor, BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute

Danielle M. Kuntz
Scholar-in-Residence, Riemenschneider Bach Institute

Frank Paino
Administrator, Library Services