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Oregon Bach Festival Gets a New Home

Hacker Architects

The Oregon Bach Festival will break ground on June 17th to start construction of its new home next to the University of Oregon's School of Music.

A $6.5 million gift from UO alumni Phyllis and Andrew Berwick will cover the majority of the cost. Portland-based Hacker Architects designed the facility – even bringing in acousticians to ensure the rehearsal room works for the performance of both period and contemporary music pieces.

Spokesman Josh Gren says the new building will allow for a lot more collaboration amongst OBF's various departments.

GREN: "It's going to be one big room that will allow us to chat more – so, the marketing and development team can work closer together; the artistic team can work closer with the operations and administration team. What it will really allow for is a lot more back-and-forth and a lot more collaboration and a more efficient way of running the festival in the future."

Gren says the building's lobby will be a place where School of Music students can work on homework and maybe even, practice the cello. The facility is expected to be finished by the start of the 2017 festival.

Born and raised in Eugene, Anni started at KLCC in 2000 as a reporter and co-host of Northwest Passage. After graduating from the University of Oregon, Anni moved to New York City. She worked in education for several years before returning to her true love, journalism. Anni co-founded and co-hosted Dailysonic, a narrative-based news podcast. She interned at WNYC's On The Media, then becoming WNYC's assistant producer of Morning Edition.