Class Components

Conducting Repertoire 2017

At the heart of the Master Class experience is the preparation and presentation of repertoire for the Discovery Series lecture-concerts, in which class participants conduct the performances with OBF artists and present short lectures on the material. Master teachers Halls and Maclary provide instruction and feedback to conducting participants during rehearsals and give further insights through their illuminating concert commentaries.

Concert led by Matthew Halls with the OBF period instrument ensemble:

  • July 5 - Bach: St. John Passion, Part I
  • July 10 - Bach: St. John Passion, Part II
  • July 12 - Bach: St. John Passion, Part III


Along with the daily schedule of rehearsals, Master Class conductors and auditors attend additional classes on topics critical to effective conducting:

  • Conducting technique
  • Style and interpretation
  • Baroque performance practice
  • Repertoire study
  • Diction and language
  • Recitative and continuo

Working with OBF Artists

Seminars are not just lectures but interactive sessions with many of the artists from the Oregon Bach Festival. Conductors lead ensembles made up of OBF Chorus and Orchestra musicians with soloists from the Vocal Fellows program. 

Observe Concert Rehearsals and Performances

The Festival’s season is filled with some of the masterworks of the choral-orchestral repertoire. Master Class participants sit on stage to observe rehearsals of key works. This format facilitates further discussion of techniques with Master Class faculty and the performers themselves. Class members get free admission to most OBF concerts, featuring a wide range of artists from around the globe. 

Tickets for other OBF concerts are free on the day of the concert, subject to availability.

Video review

Evaluate your progress in video recordings from all major rehearsals and performances.

All participants live and work alongside the resident chorus, orchestra, and artistic staff, creating further opportunities for collaboration, friendships, and artistic growth. All participants attend rehearsals and sessions led by Festival faculty and staff, get a close-up view of rehearsals and performances of major Festival concerts, and attend special sessions such as the Hinkle Distinguished Lecture.

Optional Extended Stay

Conducting Master Class students and auditors are invited to stay through the end of the festival, Saturday, July 15, to observe remainining rehearsals and performances, free of charge. The only fee is for housing and you are able to stay in the dorm. Please see the Fees and Facts page for dorm rates.