Master Class in Conducting June 23 – July 13, 2014 Oregon Bach festival

Master Class in Conducting

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.


What’s New

  • 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 class director.
  • Assist Matthew Halls on 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)

Conducting or Auditing Participants

Those who audition and are selected as conducting participants will receive hands-on coaching and will lead the Festival orchestra, choruses, and soloists in rehearsal and performance. Auditing participants attend all sessions, participate fully in discussions and seminars, and conduct in a special session at the end of the class.

Need-based financial aid is available to conductors chosen for the class. Do not let the cost of the program keep you from auditioning, as you may qualify for scholarship funding.

All participants live and work alongside the resident chorus, orchestra, and artistic staff, creating further opportunities for collaboration, friendships, and artistic growth.

All participants attend rehearsals and sessions led by Festival faculty and staff, get a close-up view of rehearsals and performances of major Festival concerts, and attend special sessions such as the Hinkle Distinguished Lectures.

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