Matthew Halls in Eugene

  • Oct 25, 2016
As part of the Concerts at First Series, OBF Artistic Director Matthew Halls will conduct Messe Solennelle Op. 16 by Louis Vierne and Stabat Mater of Agostino Steffani on Sunday, November 6 at 3pm at Eugene’s First United Methodist Church (FUMC). A collaboration between the UO School of Music and FUMC, the concert features the internationally-acclaimed UO Chamber Choir singing Steffani, and the University Singers presenting the powerful Vierne, with Julia Brown on organ. Dr. Sharon Paul is the chair of Vocal and Choral Studies and director of the two choirs featured in the evening concert. The event is open to the public, with a suggested donation... read more

In Memoriam Peter Hopkins

  • Oct 21, 2016
“It is the special province of music to move the heart.” –Johann Sebastian Bach   Remembering Peter For over thirty years, Peter Hopkins was an institution at Oregon Bach Festival, serving as a singer, chorus master, keyboardist, vocal coach, and staff member. He was a brilliant and versatile musician, who moved effortlessly from the ensemble to the keyboard to the podium – a man of incredible talent, keen intellect, great humanity, quick wit, and generosity of spirit. Peter’s wife Paula Romanaux shared that “OBF was at the center of Peter's life's education, friendships, and his inspiration” and that he offered “his complete appreciation and thanksgiving to Helmuth Rilling for imparting... read more

OBF Berwick Chorus and Vocal Fellows Auditions now open!

  • Oct 12, 2016
 The world-renowned Oregon Bach Festival announces auditions for its Berwick Chorus and Vocal Fellows program! The acclaimed OBF Berwick Chorus is made of professional singers from all over the US and many new members are found through a recorded audition process. Auditions are judged against the standard of the chorus and those deemed of the quality required are added to the list of potential singers for future openings. Chorus members are compensated for their work during the festival and receive room and board during their stay. Please visit the Berwick Chorus page for more details on the ensemble and the Berwick Chorus Audition Requirements... read more

2017 Berwick Academy Guest Directors Announced!

  • Oct 12, 2016
The Berwick Academy is excited to announce the guest directors for the 2017 season, violinist, Monica Huggett, and harpsichordist, Lars Ulrik Mortensen. Each will conduct and perform on concerts with Academy musicians featuring music of the Baroque era. Monica Huggett is well-known to OBF audiences for her previous work with the Berwick Academy, beginning with its inaugural season in 2015. She is a frequent guest director and soloist around the world, including engagements with Arion Baroque Orchestra (Montréal), Tafelmusik (Toronto), Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque (San Francisco), Columbus Symphony, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Seville Baroque Orchestra, Concerto Copenhagen, and the City... read more

Auditions Open for the 2017 Berwick Academy!

  • Sep 27, 2016
The Berwick Academy of Oregon Bach Festival is now accepting auditions for the 2017 season! Application deadline: Monday, November 14, 2016Program dates: June 25 to July 13, 2017 The Berwick Academy brings together graduate students and young professionals for advanced training in historic performance with major international performers for three weeks of coaching, rehearsals, and performances during the Oregon Bach Festival. Visit the Academy web pages for more information. The Berwick Academy is one of the few educational performance opportunities in the US that exclusively features period performance. Faculty and directors are all top performers and educators in the field. Students will get unparalleled experience by working... read more

A Celebration of Strings | CM@ B 16-17

  • Aug 15, 2016
The 2016-17 Chamber Music @ Beall concert series is a true celebration of strings this year with six dazzling performances planned. The season runs October 2016 – March 2017 and features phenomenal musicians from all over the world. Emerson String Quartet - Oct 2, 2016 | 3pm One of the world’s most sought-after string quartets, the Emersons will open the season with works by Ravel, Grieg, and Debussy. Russian String Orchestra - Oct 23, 2016 | 3pm Boasting some of Russia’s great classical musicians, Russian String Orchestra brings to life an all-Viennese program featuring Mozart, Schoenberg, and Schubert. Ching-Yun Hu, Piano - Nov 20, 2016 | 3pm With... read more

Berwick Hall Construction Underway

  • Aug 4, 2016

Berwick Hall construction is underway after breaking ground just before the beginning of the 2016 Festival season. We’ll be posting regular updates to Facebook and Twitter. As well as updating our Berwick Hall page.

Check out footage of the parking lot demolition. Thanks to the UO SoMD for the video!

Digging for the foundation has just begun and construction will continue throughout the 2016, with a projected completion date of Summer 2017.


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Rehearsal: Bach's Mass in B Minor

  • Jun 24, 2016
Voices sound like an angel's chorus. Instruments blend into a harmony as each artist lends their voice to the incredible rising sound. This is my first season at OBF, first rehearsal I've attended, first choral performance. In my childhood, I was a band kid, my college years and after, a classically trained ballerina. I'm no stranger to the arts but this is new. It also feels a bit like a well-worn hat. There's that all too familiar tug of togetherness and pride that wells up when artists work together to create something bigger than themselves. The idea that individual, unique, astounding voices... read more