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 2017 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 2017 festival (June 29-July 15) includes a repertoire of works from the baroque to the contemporary.

This year, the Road Scholar program takes place during the second half of the festival (July 10-16), giving participants the opportunity to experience performances of Bach's St. John's Passion and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis performed by full modern orchestra.

The UO OBF Road Scholar Program provides tickets to six festival concerts featuring celebrated tenor Nicholas Phan with the OBF Orchestra and OBF Chorus, the Berwick Academy with Danish conductor Lars Ulrik Mortensen, On Ensemble: Taiko Drummers, the Stangeland Youth Choral Academy under the direction of Anton Armstrong, as well as the closing night performance of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis conducted by OBF Artistic Director Matthew Halls.

Road Scholar participants will experience a diverse repertoire that includes the works of J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn, Ralph Johnson, Kim Andre Arnesen, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Telemann, and Beethoven.

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, day trips, museum tours, and free time to explore the Eugene area round out the itinerary.