Project Bach: Easter Oratorio

H+H is thrilled to collaborate with MassArt this season. Under the instruction of MassArt faculty members, students in the Illustration Department will create works of visual art inspired by Bach's Easter Oratorio. The awe-inspiring music evokes a powerful gamut of universal emotions—from laments and astonishment, to jubilation and victory, underscored by bright trumpets and drums—even dance rhythms. We look forward to exploring it with you, examining its continued relevance, and seeing the new work that you create in response to it.

Your Project Bach: Easter Oratorio artwork must measure 11” x 16” and be accompanied by an artist’s statement of no more than 100 words. Students will submit a digital image of their work to H+H and sign an artwork release form. All artwork will be posted on the H+H website. Students will price their work and have the opportunity to make it available for sale.

In the spring, a panel of MassArt faculty and H+H leadership will select up to 12 works to display at an H+H concert at Symphony Hall.

Materials for inspiration

Audio Recording

Listening to the music of Bach's Easter Oratorio should be your primary source of inspiration as you work on your piece.

Easter Oratorio Text

Reading the words that the librettist selected and that the vocalists sing throughout the piece is a helpful guide to the content of Bach's Easter Oratorio.


Historically Informed Performance (HIP) transforms our music-making. Learn more about the unique sounds you hear with H+H.

Musical Pairings

H+H musicians discuss the connections, bonds, and creation of musical beauty through their unique instruments.

Submitting your work

To submit your work, please complete the following steps.

  1. Complete the Artwork Submission Form.
  2. Complete the Artwork Release Form.
  3. Submit an image of your artwork and your completed Artwork Release Form via these Dropbox links, based on the class you're in. Please submit your artwork in .jpeg format at least 600 dpi.

Questions? Contact Emily Reed, Vice President of Education and Community Engagement, or 617 262 1815.