and the Band Played ON

Coping with catastrophe

Eugene conductor, composer and music professor Brian McWhorter on how the pandemic is affecting musicians — and how they might respond


Musicians who have worked with Eugene conductor/ composer Brian McWhorter (and I’m one, though briefly) will attest not only to his high level of musicianship, but also to his creative and theatrical energies, which inspire colleagues and audiences. McWhorter is music director for Orchestra Next and Eugene Ballet, and in 2006 joined the faculty of the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance. 

He’s just started a new podcast that features some of the Orchestra Next musicians in performance and in dialogue with Eugene community members.

Brian McWhorter. Photo by Glen Waddell.
Brian McWhorter. Photo by Glen Waddell.