New evidence on the dismissal of Matthew Halls as artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival has been obtained by the indefatigable Bob Keefer at Eugene Weekly.
A document obtained from public records shows that Halls was being investigated by the University of Oregon on two complaints of racial and gender discrimination.
The first involved a joke he shared with an Afro-American friend, the countertenor Reginald Mobley, which Mobley insists was inoffensive.
Bob Keefer continues: The second is a July 12 complaint made by an unnamed OBF musician that Halls did not pay women musicians as much attention as he did men in rehearsals. “Our artistic director Matthew Halls does not call on them during rehearsals and favors the men,” the complainant said….
At one point, the complainant says, “It is the responsibility of those in power not to perpetuate old patriarchal systems.”
And these were the grounds for dismissal?