In July 2013, Helmuth Rilling retired as Oregon Bach Festival’s Artistic Director. He dedicated 44 summers of his life to creating something precious and lasting here in Oregon: an internationally acclaimed musical and educational enterprise described as “without equal.”

Now it is time to thank him — for the music, for the memories, and for creating a marvelous institution that instills love and appreciation for classical music in new generations of talented musicians.

This endowment was originally established by 12 families to ensure the presence of a world-class artistic director at the OBF. The renewed drive to fund this endowment supports artistic and primarily educational programming, and guarantees Rilling’s extraordinary legacy.

We invite you to join in creating an enduring tribute to this remarkable man who propelled the Oregon Bach Festival to international prominence in the world of classical music.