Royce Saltzman Receives Eugene Arts Honor

  • Jan 26, 2009
[caption id="attachment_2857" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Courtesy The Register-Guard"][/caption]Royce Saltzman, who in addition to his stewardship of the OBF has been a long-recognized champion of arts and culture in Eugene, has been named the Eugene Symphony’s 2009 Advocate for the Arts. “Royce’s contribution to the arts in this community is legendary,” said Mary Ann Hanson, president of the Eugene Symphony board of directors. “We are so pleased to acknowledge his commitment and support as a true advocate for the arts.” The award was established to honor individuals who have made remarkable contributions to the growth and advancement of the arts in our community. Past honorees are John and Betty Soreng (2005), Caroline Boekelheide (2006), Carolyn Chambers (2007) and Roger Saydack (2008). Under Royce's leadership, the Festival grew into one of the preeminent classical music festivals in the United States, with a catalog of CD recordings, high-profile premieres, a series of international broadcasts, recognition in the major news media, educational programs for all levels of experience, and elite standing in the choral music profession. The Festival draws an annual audience of 35,000, with visitors from almost every state and overseas. Following the 2007 Festival, he stepped aside from administrative leadership to focus his efforts on completing the $10 million endowment that bears his name, and was succeeded by Dr. John Evans. In addition to his achievements with the OBF, Royce has been honored with the University of Oregon’s Distinguished Service Award, distinguished alumni awards from Goshen, Northwestern University, and USC's Thornton School of Music, and the Eugene (Oregon) First Citizen award. Royce will receive the Advocate for the Arts award at the symphony’s annual black tie gala fundraiser on Jan. 30 at the Hilton Eugene. Tickets are $150 per person or $1,200 per table. Call 687-9487, Ext. 104.