Eugene Concert Orchestra
Diane Retallack, Conductor
Wyatt True, Concertmaster
Eugene Concert Orchestra is the newest ensemble of the Eugene Concert Choir organization. The debut performance was the Haydn St. Cecilia Mass performed by the Eugene Vocal Arts and guest soloists, conducted by artistic director Diane Retallack, featuring concertmaster Searmi Park on October 25, 2015, in Beall Concert Hall at the University of Oregon School of Music.
The orchestra was formed as part of a multi-year landmark project supported by a $125,000 two-year grant from the Fred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. The project Shadow and Light; an Alzheimer’s Journey in 16 Movements by Joan Szymko, is an original commission for choir, orchestra and soloists. It was awarded the American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award in the Performance of American Music, community division, 2016-2017 for the world premiere performance recording.
The Eugene Concert Orchestra performs with both the Eugene Concert Choir and Eugene Vocal Arts for all of their choral/orchestral works. We are thrilled to have the caliber of this fine group of talented, professional musicians from Portland to Eugene as a part of our organization.
Concertmaster Wyatt True
Violinist Wyatt True is Executive Director of the Delgani String Quartet, one of the most active chamber ensembles in the Pacific Northwest. Since its founding in 2014, Delgani has performed hundreds of concerts throughout Oregon and further, including engagements at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC and in Prague, Czech Republic. In addition to performing as a recitalist and guest artist, Dr. True has also performed as a member of numerous professional organizations including the Eugene Symphony, Oregon Mozart Players, Shippensburg Festival Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic, Fort Collins Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony, l'Orchestre Symphonique d'Orléans, the Oregon Coast Music Festival, and the Astoria Music Festival. Currently, he serves as concertmaster for the Eugene Concert Orchestra.
For more information about Dr. Wyatt True, an advocate for contemporary music, a specialist in Baroque violin, and a Rhodes Scholar Finalist with an extensive and divers education, see his activities on the Delgani String Quartet website.