Named after Royce Saltzman, founding executive director, the OBF’s $10 million sustaining endowment helps fund the operations of the world-class festival in perpetuity, fueling the growth of artistic and educational programs and ensuring that people of all ages have opportunities to experience and perform classical music through the Oregon Bach Festival.

The Saltzman Endowment now provides 6 percent of the OBF’s operating budget. However, the balance of our contributed income still must be raised through fundraising from public and private sources for the Annual Fund.

Our goal is to build the Saltzman Endowment to a sufficient level that the investment interest income will provide a larger and predictable source of revenue for the OBF’s annual operating budget.

To make a gift or to learn more, contact Gretchen Farrar at or (541) 346-1324.


Named Chairs and Programs

A special thank you to the following generous donors to the Saltzman Endowment, whom we gratefully acknowledge by naming these chairs and programs in their honor:

J. Peter and Mary Ann Moore Artistic Director

Andrew and Phyllis Berwick OBF Chorus

The Stangeland Family Foundation Youth Choral Academy

Donald and Willie Tykeson SFYCA Artistic Director

Christa and Andrew Grant Master Class in Choral Orchestral Conducting

Donald and Ulrike J. Weaver Discovery Series

Lorry I. Lokey SFYCA Choral Teachers Workshop

Tom Ing and Katherine Ing Vocal Soloists

Betsy Halpern Vocal Soloists

The Bradshaw and Holzapfel Family Concertmaster

Robert E. and Mary Ellen McNutt Principal Second Violin & Principal Trumpet

Nonnie and Paul Cole Principal Oboe

Tom Phinney and Marian Rice Principal Keyboard

Charlotte Oien Principal Clarinet & Chorus Master

Peter & Josephine von Hippel Principal Flute

Jack and Jill Overley Principal French Horn

Jane Scheidecker and Duane Partain Principal Harp