The OBF provides numerous opportunities to learn more about music. Join in at your own level or connect with one of our affiliated programs:
Discovery Series lecture-concerts: insightful format where a master teacher (Matthew Halls or Helmuth Rilling) and musicians perform key moments from the day's music, illustrating the composer's structure, symbolism, intent, and technique. Students of the Master Class in Conducting then step up to the podium to conduct the work in full.
Let’s Talk: noontime Q & A with Festival artists.
Inside Line: informative pre-concert lectures.
The annual Hinkle Distinguished Lecture and Seminar.
Road Scholar: week-long sessions coordinated through Academic Extension at the University... read more
Emerging composers from around the world gather every other year to engage in a community of creativity and collaboration. Professor Robert Kyr of the University of Oregon is program director. Components include concerts of works created by symposium participants and workshops with esteemed composers in residence.
Such composers as Stephen Hartke, Martin Bresnick, Osvaldo Golijov, Tan Dun, and Krzysztof Penderecki have shared their talent and experience in the symposium.
The 2013 symposium celebrated creativity and innovation through “Living Music,” which included more than 30 premieres by emerging composers. Master artists-in-residence Craig Hella Johnson (Conspirare Company of Voices), Fireworks, and Beta Collide performed... read more
The Berwick Chorus of the Oregon Bach Festival is made up of professional singers from all over the United States. Chorus members are compensated for their work during the festival and receive room and board during their stay.
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. Existing chorus members are re-invited annually based on their most recent live auditions and on the repertory programmed.
The application procedures for 2014 include submission of the... read more
Join us in Eugene at the 2012 Oregon Bach Festival
Spend four music-filled days in Eugene and come away refreshed, inspired, and ready with new ideas for leading your high school choirs. This new professional development workshop is held in conjunction with the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy, the only program of its kind in the nation.
You’ll participate actively in workshops and attend concerts. You’ll also observe rehearsals of the 85 high school singers of the SFYCA — some of the best in the nation — directed by acclaimed conductors Anton Armstrong, and Helmuth Rilling.
[caption id="attachment_3211" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="The inaugural Teacher's... read more
Anton Armstrong (director) has been the conductor of the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy since its founding in 1998. He is a professor of Music at St. Olaf College and conductor of the St. Olaf Choir, a position he assumed in 1990. Dr. Armstrong is widely recognized for his work in the area of youth and children's choral music. He served for more than 20 years on the summer faculty of the American Boychoir School, Princeton, New Jersey. In 2006, he was honored with Baylor University’s Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching.
Cole Blume (associate director) teaches at Lake Oswego... read more
Take an inside look at "body singing," one of the SFYCA's core concepts.
Classes and Seminars
Your days at the SFYCA will be full, with an average of 8 hours a day of classes, rehearsals, and specialized sessions under the guidance of expert faculty. Sessions take place on the University of Oregon campus and at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene.
These classes start off the day at SFYCA. Through different warm-ups and exercises your vocal instrument is best prepared for the intensive full days of singing.
Classes help participants more fully understand music theory, history and choral conducting technique.... read more
The ultimate SFYCA experience is the final headline performance on the stage of Silva Concert Hall. You and your choir mates will put together all you’ve learned — the hard work, the friendships, the musicianship — in a main event Oregon Bach Festival concert conducted by Anton Armstrong, with guest artists and conductors such as the inspiring OBF leader and world-renowned Bach expert Helmuth Rilling.
Plus, the choir sings in other Festival appearances such as the On The House concert featuring selected SFYCA soloists and at receptions and gatherings. SFYCA concert repertoire usually covers full ground from the likes of Bach,... read more