UO Academic Extension

The Oregon Bach Festival Road Scholar Program

The Oregon Bach Festival celebrates the music, inspiration, and ongoing influence of J.S. Bach in an unequaled festival of performance, discovery, and community. Road Scholar participants at the Oregon Bach Festival are immersed in music and ideas that spark the imagination and stimulate the mind.

UO Academic Extension is pleased to host the annual Road Scholar Program session during the 2016 Oregon Bach Festival.

Overview and Highlights

The Oregon Bach Festival gathers musicians from around the world who perform choral and orchestral music under the direction of the Artistic Director, Matthew Halls. Halls is a charismatic and versatile conductor who assumed his role as Artistic Director in 2014, the same year OBF cofounder Helmuth Rilling, one of the world’s most accomplished conductors, began his tenure as emeritus director.

The 2016 OBF season (Thursday, June 23-Sunday, July 10) opens with a festival first—Bach's Mass in B Minor performed on period instruments.

Road Scholar participants planning to arrive in Eugene before our program begins on Friday, June 24 have an opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for the Mass in B Minor prior to arriving in Eugene. Please visit the Oregon Bach Festival for a complete festival schedule.

The UO OBF Road Scholar Program provides tickets to festival concerts by tenor Nicholas Phan, the Berwick Academy, the OBF Orchestra, Chamber Music Northwest as well as two of the Discovery Series concerts.

Road Scholar participants will experience a diverse repertoire that includes the works of J.S. Bach, Mozart, Hayden, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Weber, Shostakovich, Britten, Piazolla, and Sir James MacMillan.

The Road Scholar program adds another dimension to the concert-going experience. Along with the concerts, Road Scholar participants attend classes and lectures by University of Oregon faculty, OBF musicians and scholars, and other experts. Receptions, a wine tasting at one of the area’s premiere wineries, museum tours, and free time to explore the Eugene area often round out the itinerary.

Housing and Dining Options

Road Scholar participants stay at the Phoenix Inn Suites of Eugene. The Phoenix Inn is convenient to the University of Oregon campus and downtown Eugene. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner for all Road Scholar Program participants are provided at a UO dining hall, which is noted for its high quality food and wide variety of healthy meal options. Bus transportation is provided to and from most scheduled Road Scholar Program events and activities that occur beyond an easy walking distance.

Our program also offers a commuter option for participants who do not require overnight accommodation.

Registration and Fees

Fees for the 2016 UO Oregon Bach Festival Road Scholar Program include six nights accommodations, all meals, instruction, tickets to selected OBF performances, and group transportation to most scheduled activities. A commuter option is available at a reduced fee.

To register for the 2016 UO Oregon Bach Festival Road Scholar Program, visit the Road Scholar website at http://www.roadscholar.org/ or call toll-free: 800-454-5768.