For the first time in its history, Oregon Bach Festival will have a building to call its own. Catalyzed by lead capital gifts from Andrew & Phyllis Berwick and Donald & Willie Tykeson, OBF has raised more than $8.2 million toward a $9 million building project. The 10,000 square foot building will be located on the University of Oregon campus next to the School of Music and Dance (SOMD) on 18th Avenue.
Rehearsal/Performance Space Within Berwick Hall
The building will be a homecoming in a sense, recognizing OBF’s roots as a conducting master class and lecture series founded within the SOMD. The new building will provide much-needed rehearsal space as well as a permanent home for OBF offices.
Kierkegaard Associates of Chicago will manage the acoustical design to create a premier rehearsal, performance, and recording space. The flexible rehearsal hall/performance space can accommodate up to 200 seats, depending on the scale of performance. In addition, the building will grant the Festival visibility on a busy street, opportunities for community events, and a centralized hub for Festival activities.
A campaign for naming opportunities will be rolled out in the coming months, with giving opportunities available at a variety of levels. Please join us in extending our appreciation to the Berwicks and Tykesons for their generous gifts, and we invite you to consider making a contribution to this once-in-an-organization’s lifetime opportunity!