Education has been the heartbeat of the Oregon Bach Festival since its inception in 1970. The master class in conducting offers advanced training in choral-orchestral conducting and over the years it has served more than 1,200 conductors from across the U.S. and around the world. The Discovery Series format Helmuth Rilling pioneered in Eugene—involving the master class program, lecture-demonstrations, and concerts—became the model for the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, which he founded in 1981, as well as for subsequent Bach academies Rilling led in Eastern Europe, South America, and Asia. Meanwhile the OBF’s Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy, now in its seventeenth year, provides intensive training and performing experience for high school singers from across the country; and this year the Festival debuts its new OBF Organ Institute.
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