I have been a participant in the Bach Festival for eight seasons. A “crystalline tenor” (Backstage) who was praised by the New York Times as “a tenor with a focused, powerful tone” who sings with “subtlety”, Stephen Sands is highly sought after as a soloist, ensemble member and conductor. He has been heard as the Evangelist and tenor soloist in numerous performances of Bach’s sacred oratorios. He is a founding member and executive director of the internationally acclaimed Antioch Chamber Ensemble. Stephen has recently been appointed director of Downtown Voices, a semi-pro group that is part of the Trinity Wall Street music program, focused on bringing the best amateur and professional singers in the NYC metro area together for high level performances. Stephen is also the founder and artistic director of Music in the Somerset Hills, a fast growing community music organization dedicated to providing musical experiences of the highest quality to those who live and work in New Jersey's Somerset Hills.