OBF adds Organ Institute to educational mix
The organ — a central instrument in the life and work of J.S. Bach — is now a part of the Oregon Bach Festival’s expanded educational curriculum. [caption id="attachment_10608" align="alignright" width="240"] Organist Paul Jacobs. Photo: Christina Wilton[/caption] The OBF Organ Institute, directed by Grammy-award winning organist Paul Jacobs, takes place June 30-July 5, 2014, and offers organists the opportunity to immerse themselves in the music of Bach and explore technique and interpretation through specialized seminars. In preparation for a final public recital, participants will perform in daily master classes under the direction of Jacobs and Matthew Halls, OBF artistic director. The Organ Institute will take advantage of the cluster of high-caliber instruments in the Eugene area, including the Hochhalter organ at First United Methodist Church, the Brombaugh organ at Central Lutheran Church, and the Rosales organ in Portland’s Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Class members will attend OBF’s major concerts and, through the institute’s activities, celebrate the beauty of Bach’s beloved instrument. Entering its 45th season, the Oregon Bach Festival is a program of the University of Oregon. Described by The Chicago Tribune as "one of the most supremely gifted organists of his generation,” Jacobs has been the chairman of The Juilliard School’s organ department since 2004 and received Juilliard's prestigious William Schuman Scholar's Chair in 2007. He also made musical history at the age of 23, when he played J.S. Bach's complete organ works in an 18-hour marathon performance on the 250th anniversary of the composer's death. Jacobs made his OBF performing debut in 2013 and was immediately invited to return for three concerts in the 2014 season, which opens June 26. The Organ Institute is open to both performing participants by recorded audition and non-performing auditors. Tuition is $600 for performing participants and $300 for class auditors, with room and board available at extra charge. For complete application information, visit oregonbachfestival.com or contact Dave Goudy at email@example.com or (541) 346-5675.