Composer / conductor Bob Chilcott is coming back to picfest for the seventh time. You might ask “Why do they keep inviting him back?” Well, since you asked, the fact is that everyone who has the pleasure of working with him talks about his captivating compositions, charismatic conducting, and his joyful collaboration that inspires extraordinary artistry. Being an amazing musician is one thing, but put that together with big-hearted generosity, a passion for the way choral music impacts the singers, and BAM! You’ve got Choral Magic™
Then there’s also his encyclopedic knowledge of haircare products and Medieval morality tales. In fact, he’s like the Pied Piper of choral music, but without all the rats.
Some people call picfest the gateway to the Great Pacific Northwest. We call it home, with stunning landscapes that rival some of the most beautiful tour settings anywhere.
Within a 1-2 hour drive is the majestic Cascade Mountain range to the east, the rugged Oregon Coast to the west, the world-class Oregon Shakespeare Festival to the south and a menu of amazing cities, natural wonders and welcoming hospitality throughout the PNW.
As a picfest choir on tour, PNW is your oyster - although clams tend to be the area’s mollusk of choice. Consider a day or two of exploring our geographic neighborhood before or after the festival week. (We’ve checked with the neighbors, and they’re waiting to hear from you!)
“picfest is a premium choir festival. The music is exciting, the schedule is rich with opportunities for artistic growth and building friendships, and Eugene is a lovely setting. Bravo!” – Bob Chilcott, Lift Every Voice Music Director