June 23 - July 13, 2014
For over 40 years, conductors have come to the Oregon Bach Festival to further their skills through the Master Class in Conducting. Under Matthew Halls, the OBF’s new artistic director, the class expands its curriculum with new opportunities to learn, explore, and conduct.
- New faculty. Matthew Halls will guide two works of the class repertoire. Helmuth Rilling, director emeritus, returns to lead the sessions for the second half. Edward Maclary, director of Choral Activities at University of Maryland, is the new program director of the Master Class.
- Assist Matthew Halls in the major OBF concerts. Each conductor will be assigned to assist in the rehearsal process for one of the main programs of the Festival.
- World Premiere. Participants will observe preparation and performance of the World Premiere of Halls’ own reconstruction of Bach’s St. Mark Passion.
- Focus on both historic and contemporary performance styles. Conduct concerts performed on both modern and historically informed instruments.
- Increased seminars on technique and repertoire. Additional classes have been added to the curriculum on technical issues, rehearsal and score preparation, and keyboard continuo methods.
- Conductor showcase concert. In addition to leading the Discovery Series concerts, participants will conduct choral works of their choosing in a special recital.
- Repertoire for the Discovery Series concerts. Easter Oratorio (BWV 249), Christ lag in Todesbanden (BWV 4), Ascension Oratorio (BWV 11), and Erschallet ihr Lieder (BWV 172)