Bryce Saltzman.

“Royce Saltzman, co-founder of the Oregon Bach Festival and longtime University of Oregon professor, died Monday. He was 94 and had been battling cancer,” writes Miranda Cyr (4/6) Thursday’s (4/6) Register-Guard (Eugene, OR). “Saltzman came to Eugene as a choral music professor at UO in 1964. In 1970, he and German conductor Helmuth Rilling held the first Oregon Bach Festival, which was small at the time. After five decades, the now multi-million dollar festival has grown to international recognition. Saltzman was executive director of the festival until he retired in 2007. He stayed involved as executive director emeritus and remained an active participant in the festival’s board…. Saltzman is survived by his wife, Phyllis Saltzman, 90, and his four daughters—Kathy Saltzman Romey; Skopil; Jody Rose; and Marta Newman…. Apart from the festival, Saltzman was an educator. He served as acting dean of the University of Oregon Music School and was a board member of Chorus America. He also advised multiple international music boards…. Saltzman helped start and supported several educational programs on music … Oregon Bach Festival will honor Royce’s legacy with a celebration of life during the 2023 festival, which begins June 30.”