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Sexism, Sexual Harassment Allegations Preceded UO's Firing Of Bach Festival Artistic Director


The University of Oregon this summer received four complaints about alleged sexist and inappropriate behavior by Matthew Halls, then the artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival, before his abrupt and secretive termination by the UO.

At least three of the unnamed female complainants were Bach Festival performers, newly released records from the university show.

One of those performers contacted festival director Janelle McCoy to make allegations of sexual harassment against Halls, although it’s unclear if that accuser ever filed a formal complaint.

The heavily redacted complaint investigation document, released in response to a public records request, provides only a partial picture of the allegations of sexism against Halls. It contains no further information about the sexual harassment accusation. Eugene Weekly first reported on the released document.

Read the full article at The Register-Guard.

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