OBF Chorus is Now Accepting Auditions

  • Nov 14, 2017

We are now accepting auditions for the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus! While applications are accepted year-round, to be considered for the 2018 season, you need to get your material in by January 1, 2018. Go to the OBF Chorus page for audition requirements and the link to the audition portal. For this season, OBF will not host a Vocal Fellows program, though it will return in future years. Solos in the 2018 Discovery Series and step-out solos for major concerts will be assigned only to members of the OBF Chorus. If you have any questions about the audition process or the chorus...

OBF Awarded Creativity Grant from OCT

  • Aug 23, 2017

On August 22, Oregon Cultural Trust awarded OBF a creativity grant of $31,246 to support the commission and world premiere of The Passion of Yeshua, a new work by Richard Danielpour, and to engage the community in productive, cross-cultural dialogue. Generous spring donors lifted Oregon Cultural Trust fundraising to a new high, resulting in a record $2.94 million in grants to 136 cultural nonprofits for fiscal year 2017-18. The awards include a total of $735,887 to the Cultural Trust’s five Statewide Partners (Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Humanities, Oregon Historical Society and the State Historic Preservation Office); $735,887 to 45...

Berwick Hall Update

  • Aug 9, 2017

Berwick Hall, OBF's new permanent home on the UO campus, is located adjacent to the School of Music and Dance at 975 East 18th Avenue.

Learn more about Berwick Hall 

Become a Festival Volunteer!

  • May 1, 2017

Every year, OBF relies on dozens of volunteers to create the best experience for artists and patrons. Volunteer opportunities range from clerical work to transporting artists. For more information or to sign up, visit our Volunteer Page.

Spring Auditions for SFYCA, Conducting Master Class, and Organ Institute now underway!

  • Feb 13, 2017

OBF is now accepting auditions for the 2017 season of the Master Class in Choral Orchestral Conducting, the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy, and the Organ Institute . Click on the links below for more information on how to apply to these great programs: Conducting Master Class - due February 20 Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy - due March 6 Organ Institute - due March 22 Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions about the programs, the festival, or the audition process! The Master Class is entering its 48th year as one of the premiere conducting academies in the US. Over 1,000 conductors, musicians, and lovers of...

SFYCA 20th Anniversary Artwork

  • Jan 26, 2017

OBF is pleased to announce the winner of its 2017 Artwork Contest.  "Passion, Beauty, Sadness, and Joy" from Natalie Brandt, 17, has been selected as the official artowrk of the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy 20th Anniversary Concert.

CLICK for the full article from the Register Guard (1/26/17)



Remembering Peter Hopkins

  • Nov 4, 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...