The Soul of Bach

  • Nov 23, 2010
Listening to Bach's music is the most humbling experience a musician can have. The range of his music is astounding. And the volume of it. Then, finally, the quality of it. It all sounds perfect, but soulful. Perfectly soulful. Bach was also a great organist. So great, in fact, that even the oldest organists had to admit that he was better than the organists who came before him. That was a great achievement, because you know older musicians never want to admit that anything could be as good as what used to be. He was a master of form-witness Mass in B Minor-the... read more


  • Nov 23, 2010
Perspectives on Bach researched, written, or contributed expressly for OBF publications

Rilling Discovery Lectures Transcribed, 1985-2008

A comprehensive collection of 55 lectures edited by Marla Lowen and maintained on the Digital Bach Project website.

A Radiant Artistry: Maestro Helmuth Rilling (pdf)

By Robert Levin

Music of Our Time: The Legacy of the St. Matthew Passion (pdf)

By Suzi Steffen

The Oregon Bach Festival Celebrates 40 Years (pdf)

By Bonnie Henderson

History of the Oregon Bach Festival

Wynton Marsalis on Bach

J.S. Bach: A Life

By Steve McQuiddy

The Significance of Bach

By Helmuth Rilling

Helmuth Rilling Interview

With Caitriona Bolster read more

Our Music

  • Nov 23, 2010
OBF Performance It’s the main event of each Festival's day. See and hear the best the music world has to offer, from breathtaking masterworks for chorus and orchestra to rare and surprising gems from the vast and emerging classical repertoire, performed by internationally-heralded music stars. OBF Discovery In programs that amplify the meaning of the music, audiences and artists at every level satisfy their quest for knowledge, insights, and lifelong learning, getting more out of the music and enriching their lives. OBF Kids Light the flame of inspiration in young ones with lively performances tailored for young audiences. OBF Community Experience a taste of the OBF in... read more

History of the Oregon Bach Festival

  • Nov 23, 2010
[caption id="attachment_135" align="alignnone" width="470"] Beall Hall, 1982[/caption] In 1970 German organist and conductor Helmuth Rilling came to the University of Oregon for a series of workshops and an informal concert. Since then the Oregon Bach Festival—through the efforts of Rilling, co-founder Royce Saltzman, and a cadre of volunteers, musicians, patrons and donors—has blossomed into one of the foremost celebrations of Bach’s music and legacy in the United States. That first collaboration between Rilling and Saltzman was modest, culminating in a concert of short choral and organ works. But in 1971, under the banner of the “Summer Festival of Music,” four concerts were... read more

OBF Mission Statement

  • Nov 23, 2010
The mission of the Oregon Bach Festival is to inspire the human spirit through the art of music. As a program of the University of Oregon, the Festival provides the highest quality of performances and innovative educational opportunities, involving a broad-based community of musicians, audiences, and donors in a manner that assures the long-term sustainability of the organization and continued accessibility to future generations. The mandate of the Oregon Bach Festival, as a program of the University of Oregon supported by the community, is to provide a variety of performance and educational opportunities of acknowledged quality to students, professional musicians and the... read more

OBF Staff

  • Nov 23, 2010
Artistic Administration Michael Anderson, Director of Artistic Administration 541.346.1354 | mander@uoregon.edu Dave Goudy, Artistic and Educational Operations Manager 541.346.5675 | dgoudy@uoregon.edu Sarah Robey, Artistic Operations Assistant 541.346.3242 | srobey@uoregon.edu Marketing and Development Director of Communications 541.346.5667 Patti Beardsley, Director of Corporate & Donor Relations 541.346.1324 | pattib85@uoregon.edu Cassie Bates, Development Assistant 541.346.1319 | cdb@uoregon.edu Festival Operations Sandy Cummings, Business Accountant 541.346.1317 | sandyc@uoregon.edu Elin England, Youth Programs Administrator & Executive Assistant 541.346.1320 | eengland@uoregon.edu Lauren Pinchin, Event & Contract Coordinator 541.346.1316 | lpinchin@uoregon.edu Seasonal Operations Staff Linda Ackerman, Artist Liaison Coordinator Rick Blake, Beall Hall Technical Director Amy Goeser Kolb, Orchestra Manager George Larson, Chorus Manager Craig McKenzie, Hult Center Technical Director Joshua Neckels, Beall Hall and Tour Stage Manager Gail Norris, Festival Operations Coordinator Staff Bios Michael Anderson received a... read more

John Evans

  • Nov 22, 2010
President and General Director [caption id="attachment_6124" align="alignright" width="240"] Photo: Gideon Hart[/caption] John Evans was born in 1953 in South Wales, United Kingdom, where he studied at the University of Wales, completing his doctoral thesis on Benjamin Britten in 1984. He has lectured extensively on Britten throughout the UK and North America, and his many publications include Benjamin Britten: Pictures from a Life 1913–1976 (Faber & Faber); A Britten Source Book (Britten-Pears Library Publications); contributions to The Britten Companion (Faber & Faber); and opera handbooks on Peter Grimes, Gloriana, The Turn of the Screw and Death in Venice. He is the editor of Journeying... read more

OBF Volunteers

  • Nov 22, 2010
It's Registration Time! » Sign Up Here's how you become one of our star volunteers for the 2014 Festival: Simply print out our and complete our Registration and Annual Liability Forms and return to our offices via either of the following methods: MAIL:                                        FAX:                 Oregon Bach Festival                 (541) 346-5669 ATTN:  Volunteer Program 1257 University of Oregon Eugene, OR 97403-1257 Prefer hard copies? Contact our volunteer program by email and we'll drop the forms in the mail to you.   Volunteering with OBF » Your Role Volunteers are a vital part of Oregon Bach Festival’s success. Contributing over 1,200 hours of time and talent during a Festival, our volunteers assisted with transportation, ushering, music... read more