H. Royce Saltzman
H. Royce Saltzman was a professor of choral music and associate dean of the School of Music at the University of Oregon. He was co-founder, with Helmuth Rilling, of the Oregon Bach Festival, and served as director emeritus. Saltzman was president of the International Federation for Choral Music, 1985-1993, and president of the American Choral Directors Association, 1979-1981. He was a member of the International Honorary Committee of the Zimriya Festival, a world assembly of choirs in Israel; the advisory board of the Acdaemia Bach de Venezuela in Caracas; and the board of trustees, International Bachakademie, Stuttgart, Germany. Saltzman died on April 3, 2023.
Helmuth Rilling (1933-)
In 1970, Helmuth Rilling was one of the founders of the Oregon Bach Festival. His tenure as artistic director, conductor, and teacher at the Festival has had a major impact on the international choral scene. Students attending his conducting master class have come from more than 30 countries, and …
Oregon Bach Festival
In the summer of 1970, two young choral conductors—one from Stuttgart, Germany, the other from Eugene, Oregon—planted the seeds of a summer music festival, seeds that took root and were nurtured by a caring community and a major university. What seemed at the time to be an insignificant "planting" …