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

Announcing Berwick Hall

Announcing Berwick Hall

  • Jun 1, 2016

With a generous donation from Phyllis and Andrew Berwick, long time supporters of the festival, we're proud to announce a new home for Oregon Bach Festival! Berwick Hall is slated to be completed before the beginning of the 2017 season. We'll be just moments away from Beall Concert Hall and after all these years have a place on campus to call our own.

Berwick Hall Exterior

Read more about the building and the architects in the article from the Register Guard, or take a look at our Berwick Hall page - which will be updated as the building construction gets underway!

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2016 Fundraising Gala!

  • May 27, 2016
The Board of Directors of the Friends of the Festival invites you to an elegant evening of food, music, and celebration at The Hult Center for the Performing Arts. Cocktail hour will begin at 5:30 followed by dinner, a live auction, and some surprises to keep you and your guests on their toes as Oregon Bach Festival raises money to support its important education and performance programming in the Eugene community. The live auction will feature packages including… A week in Provence Private jet to San Francisco for a weekend Midsummer Garden Party VIP athletics package A week in Sunriver Exclusive wine package Backstage in New York City Pre-crush... read more

Collegium Vocale Gent at CM@B 4/17

  • Apr 15, 2016
Legendary artists, Collegium Vocale Gent, perform in Beall Hall this Sunday! It’s not often that one of the great choral ensembles of Europe perform in Eugene, but the audience for Chamber Music @ Beall is in for an incredible experience this weekend, as legendary conductor Phillipe Herreweghe and soloists from the renowned Collegium Vocale Gent will perform the rarely heard Renaissance masterpiece Lagrime di San Pietro by Orlando Lassus. One of the original leaders in the historical performance field in the 1970s, Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale have released more than 80 recordings covering a full range of repertory from medieval to... read more

Helmuth Rilling

Helmuth in Oregon!

  • Apr 5, 2016
Sunday, April 30th and May 1st, Artistic Director Emeritus Helmuth Rilling will be in Salem, Oregon to conduct the Bach Cantatas at Willamette University. Internationally renowned German conductor, scholar and lecturer, Helmuth Rilling comes to Salem to guest conduct the WMC in a performance of two well-known cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach. Cantata No. 80 "Ein feste Burg ist unser gott" (A Might Fortress is Our God) and Cantata No. 147 "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" (Heart, Mouth, Deed and Life). This cantata features the beloved chorale "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring." The chorus will be accompanied by orchestra. Willamette... read more