Matthew Halls Conducting Workshops at the SOMD

Matthew Halls, artistic director designate of the Oregon Bach Festival, worked with UO conducting students on the finer points of leading ensembles. Halls spoke with students about the important roll a conductor plays in bringing out the finest nuances in a piece of music. “We aren’t just standing up there doing nothing,” he told the group of nearly a dozen conducting students during his morning workshop.

The workshops, and subsequent lecture, were precursors to a performance this weekend where Halls will act as the guest conductor for the UO Chamber Choir in a performance of Domenico Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater and the University Singers in a performance of Maurice DuruflĂ©’s Requiem. Julia Brown will accompany on organ. The performance is from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., on Saturday, November 10 at First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive Street, Eugene.

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