Oregon Bach Festival will take place virtually in 2021; artistic director search extended to 2022

Posted on: March 2, 2021

The Oregon Bach Festival has announced that its 2021 edition will be presented virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was made by the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance (SOMD), which produces the festival. “We want nothing more than to return to full concert halls and large social gatherings,” said Sabrina Madison-Cannon, dean of the School of Music and Dance. “But, like so many other performing arts organizations of our kind, the health trends and data are telling us to consider alternative ways of serving our community.” The festival’s search for a new artistic director has been extended through the 2022 season; the three candidates for the position were previously announced as Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Eric Jacobsen, and Julian Wachner. Programming details for 2021 will be announced in late March, and the festival will also create digital opportunities this year for donors and patrons to interact with artistic director candidates. In 2022, audiences can expect to see each candidate lead OBF musicians in a Bach choral work and a chamber orchestra concert.