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Dr. J. Reilly Lewis (1944-2016)

reilly4It is with profound sadness that we inform you that Dr. J. Reilly Lewis passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 9, 2016. According to his wife Beth, he enjoyed a wonderful day, rehearsing music and driving with the top down on his old convertible.

Reilly was our founder, conductor, Artistic Director, and much more… he was our leader, our center. Reilly was our friend. We’re shocked and saddened by this tragedy.  

The funeral service for J. Reilly Lewis took place, Thursday, June 16 at Washington National Cathedral. Both the Washington Bach Consort and Cathedral Choral Society participated in the service.

You may watch the prelude and funeral service here. Click here to view the service booklet. 

The family has requested that donations be made to the Washington Bach Consort or Cathedral Choral Society in lieu of flowers.

Reilly was such a wonderful, special person, but only his love of each of you surpassed his love of Bach and great music. We can’t begin to say how saddened we are and how much we’ll miss Reilly.

Our thoughts continue to be with Beth, her family, and all who mourn our dear Reilly.

THE WASHINGTON POST: J. Reilly Lewis, organist, choral director and Bach authority, dies at 71

June 11, 2016
“He was absolutely a musical genius. There isn’t another Reilly Lewis walking around.” – Marc Eisenberg, Executive Director  Read more

THE WASHINGTON POST: RIP: J. Reilly Lewis, 1944-2016

June 10, 2016
Ebullient, multitalented, warm and open to a fault…  Read more


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Founded in 1977 by J. Reilly Lewis, the Washington Bach Consort is a professional chorus and orchestra noted for its performances of 18th-Century music on period instruments. Its mission is to perform to the highest artistic standards the music of J.S. Bach and his Baroque contemporaries.