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 Massperformed 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 (link to page), 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.
We are thrilled to have the caliber of this fine group of talented musicians from Eugene to Portland and welcome our new concertmaster, Wyatt True.
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 it’s founding in 2014, Delgani has performed hundreds of concerts throughout Oregon and further, including recent engagements at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC and in Prague, Czech Republic.
Dr. True has performed in recital throughout the Willamette Valley and as guest artist at the University of Georgia, University of Pittsburgh, Andrew College, and Umpqua Community College. 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.
An advocate for contemporary music, Dr. True has had the opportunity to work with many living composers. Recent engagements included the second performance of Roger Zahab’s Vioentelechron concerto for violin and orchestra, studio recordings of works by Lou Harrison, Benjamin Krause, Paul Safar, and Terry McQuilkin, and over two dozen premieres and commissions. Dr. True’s “Oregon Multimedia Project,” a collaboration of photography and music for violin and piano by young composers from the Pacific Northwest, is captured on Delgani’s second album “Distant Monuments.”
As a Baroque violinist, Dr. True has directed the Jefferson Baroque Orchestra in Ashland, performing as soloist for numerous concerti including Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. He also serves on the Board of the Oregon Bach Collegium and gives regular recitals as part of their season subscriptions. Lecture-recital presentations have included “The Nascent Violin: Works from Palestrina to Corelli,” “Corelli and his Intercontinental Influence,” and “Parisian Violin Works of the 18th Century,” among others. Dr. True studied Baroque violin at the University of Oregon, at Corso Internationale di Musica Antica in Urbino, Italy, and at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. His instructors in early music have included Dr. Marc Vanscheeuwicjk, Dr. Margret Gries, Marc Destrubé, and Susanne Scholz.
Dr. True’s education has been diverse; degrees include a Doctorate in violin performance and historical performance practice, a Masters in violin performance and string quartet studies, a Bachelor of Arts in music and philosophy, and a Bachelor of Science in physics and astronomy. His doctoral thesis, “A Modern Violinist’s Introduction to Early Music and Historical Performance Practice,” traces the development of violin music and technique from late sixteenth century vocal models to the duo sonatas of J. S. Bach.
Dr. True is a Rhodes Scholar Finalist and member of Phi Beta Kappa. Additional recognition includes the University of Oregon’s Outstanding Graduate Performer, Colorado State University’s Outstanding Graduate Student, Summa Cum Laude from Colorado State and the University of Pittsburgh, and performance scholarships from the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, including the Denk Scholarship, Beth Landis Violin Scholarship, and Eleanor Hale Wilson Summer Scholarship.
Dr. True performs on a violin by Charles Brugère and a bow by Eugène Sartory, both from Paris in the 1920’s.