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Julian Wachner, Miguel Harth-Bedoya and Craig Hella Johnson (from left to right)

Oregon Bach Festival Announces Artistic Director Finalists

By Steve Fyffe

The University of Oregon School of Music and Dance has named the three final candidates selected for consideration to become the next artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival.

The trio includes internationally renowned orchestral conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Grammy Award-winning choral conductor Craig Hella Johnson and preeminent early music specialist Julian Wachner.

Tower of Voices National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania (artwork courtesy: bioLinia and Paul Murdoch Architects).

9/11 Memorial Offers Solace in Sound

By Sharleen Nelson

On Sept. 11, 2001, 40 heroic crew members and passengers aboard United Airlines Flight 93 thwarted the plans of terrorists who tried to fly their hijacked jetliner into the White House.

To memorialize them, the Tower of Voices, a 93-foot-tall tower featuring 40 chimes — one chime for each individual who perished that day — was dedicated last year at the Shanksville, Pennsylvania, site where Flight 93 went down.

Phyllis and Andrew Berwick embrace outside the Frohnmayer Music Building.

$5 Million Gift Endows Deanship at School of Music and Dance

By Steve Fyffe

Prominent University of Oregon alumni Phyllis and Andrew Berwick have given generously to strengthen student life and music programs at the UO, and their most recent gift goes one step further: They have pledged $5 million to establish an endowed deanship at the School of Music and Dance.

“This extraordinary gift from two of our most generous supporters will have a transformational impact on the programs in our school for years to come,” said Sabrina Madison-Cannon, who is now the Phyllis and Andrew Berwick Dean of the School of Music and Dance.

Renowned choreographer Dwight Rhoden leads a masterclass at the UO Dance Dept. (photo credit: City of Eugene Cultural Services/Ben Schorzman)

UO Dancers Leap at Chance to Work with Master Choreographer

By Steve Fyffe

Dwight Rhoden is wearing black. Black shirt, black undershirt, black pants, black shoes, ankle-length black socks, horn-rimmed glasses with black frames. Even his neatly trimmed goatee is died black.

Just about the only thing about Rhoden that’s not black today is his hair, which is a fierce and unapologetically artificial shade of blonde.

It’s a fitting outfit for one of America’s most influential choreographers. His wardrobe choices are an echo of the dances he’s known for — stylish, singular and bold.

UO Dance Department founder M. Frances Dougherty (left) and her successor Linda Hearn (right).

Dougherty/Hearn Dance Scholarship Honors Department Founder and Successor

By Jenifer Craig
Emerita Associate Professor and 5th Department Head of UO Dance (1992-2016)

Physical Education Department professor emerita Lois Youngen has created a new dance scholarship in honor of her former colleagues M. Frances Dougherty and Linda Hearn.

“Of all the things I’d give money for at the UO, scholarships to students reap the greatest benefit," Youngen said.


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