The dedication of the Ernest Bloch Memorial Wayside will take place on four days in July 2018.

With one day to go from this update on July 17, 2018 plans are set.

Wednesday, July 18, 10 to Noon, Bloch Talk at the Ernest Bloch Memorial Wayside (Highway 101 and Ernest Bloch Place/NW 49th Street) featuring Dr. Alexander Knapp and Dr. Frank Geltner. This is an informal event meant to share the story of the composer from Agate Beach, Ernest Bloch. Dr. Knapp has been studying the man and his music for fifty years. Dr. Geltner, known locally as the ‘flamekeeper’ of the Ernest Bloch Legacy Project has been working to preserve the legacy of the composer for over fifteen years. He also manages the Ernest Bloch website.


Thursday, July 19, 10 to Noon, Bloch Talk (details at Wednesday, July 18)


Friday, July 20, 10 to Noon, Bloch Talk, (details at Wednesday, July 18)


Friday, July 20, 7 p.m., Dedication Dinner, Sylvia Beach Hotel (sold out)


Saturday, July 21, 10 to Noon, Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, 333 SE Bay Blvd,

Dr. Alexander Knapp will present a lecture entitled

“Musical Style in Ernest Bloch’s Agate Beach Works.”

Erin Adair and Ramona Martin will perform one of the compositions Bloch wrote in Agate Beach in 1956, his Suite Modale , for flute and piano. Dr. Alexander Knapp, from the late 1960s to the present day, has researched, published and lectured extensively in the UK, USA, many parts of Western and Eastern Europe, Israel, Western Russia, Eastern Siberia, and China, on the subject of Jewish music, and especially on the life and works of composer Ernest Bloch.


Saturday, July 21, 2 to 4 p.m., Dedication of the Ernest Bloch Memorial Wayside

This free public event will take place outdoors at the Wayside, which is located on Highway 101 at Northwest 49th Street (Ernest Bloch Place). Tentative list of speakers includes: Ernest Bloch II, Lucienne Allen, Dr. Alexander Knapp, Dr. Frank Geltner, Mayor Sandy Roumagoux, Dr. Greg Steinke, Sharon Morgan, Bill Bain, and Kelly Barker..



Helen Johnston Kintner penned The Man in the Long Woolen Cape sometime in the past decade. It was found among papers her children shared with the Ernest Bloch Legacy Project.  We are happy to share it here at the tab in the vertical navigation bar to the left The Ernest Bloch I Knew: The Agate Beach Years.


Helen Johnston was the author of "The Ernest Bloch I Knew: The Agate Beach Years"

Anyone interested in securing a copy of her book should "Contact Us" by link to the left.

Selfless, sweet, and tenderhearted to the end, Helen Johnston Kintner of North Bend, Oregon, passed away peacefully at home with family at her side on January 23, 2018, at the age of 90. She was born Helen Elaine McFetridge on July 28, 1927, in Dallas, Oregon, to Archibald and Eliza (Bessie) McFetridge. She married Richard Johnston on June 20, 1953. They had five daughters, whom they raised in Newport, Oregon, in a home filled with music, laughter, warmth, and the smell of homemade bread. After Dick’s death in 1999, Helen married Dr. Marion Kintner, who passed in December of 2016.

 Helen was a brilliant pianist, musician, director, and teacher whose compositions and arrangements touched and inspired those who heard her music. She was fiercely devoted to her family and her faith in Christ, becoming a counselor, mentor, and mom to the myriad of young people she fed, loved, and welcomed into her home and heart. Her generosity of time, energy, and talents enriched hundreds, if not thousands, of lives. She was treasured, admired, and adored by those who knew her, and especially by her five girls and their families, who feel so honored to have been hers: Cammy Nye of North Bend; Julie Vogel (Barry) of Sacramento, CA; Cindy Favreau (Tony) of Eugene; Nanette Stevens (Rick) of North Bend; Suzanne Mulkey (Greg) of Coos Bay; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  Surely Helen is directing choirs of angels at this very moment, and she has undoubtedly given Dick a solo.

 Bloch's 1924 "Prayer"


Auschwitz survivor Anikta Lasker-Wallfisch addresses Bundestag

Lasker-Wallfisch's speech was preceded by a musical recital of the 1924 piece "Prayer" by Ernest Bloch, with Lasker-Wallfisch's son Raphael Wallfisch playing the cello. 





The Ernest Bloch Memorial Wayside is now the official name of the wayside at Highway 101 and 49th Street in the Agate Beach section of Newport. In early October the site of the new monument was marked at the wayside.  The exact date of a formal dedication ceremony will appear in this space soon.





 [Photo of street sign in Ernest Bloch's birthplace, Geneva, Switzerland.]

• Essays by leading scholars on Bloch cover all periods of his creative output and its reception around the world • Offers unique insights, through firsthand knowledge, into the composer's character and personal development • Provides a reliable and comprehensive resource for Bloch and his music, correcting errors in previous sources.


Foreword: reminiscences of my grandfather Ernest Bloch, II; Chronology; Alphabetical list of Bloch's published and unpublished works Alexander Knapp; Bloch resources: recordings in the age of the Internet Stanley Henig; Introduction Norman Solomon; 1. From Geneva to New York: radical changes in Ernest Bloch's view of himself as a 'Jewish composer' during his twenties and thirties Alexander Knapp; 2. The 'suffering and greatness' of Ernest Bloch: concepts of the composer as genius Klára Móricz; 3. Bloch, Wagner and creativity: refutation and vindication Malcolm Miller; 4. Sacred service: the mass Bloch never wrote, the two that Leonard Bernstein did write, and Shulamit Ran's Credo/Ani Ma'Amin David Schiller; 5. Oregon years: the man and his music David Z. Kushner; 6. 'The future alone will be the judge': Ernest Bloch's epic journeys between Utopia and Dystopia Philip V. Bohlman; 7. The reception of Bloch's music in Palestine/Israel to 1948 Jehoash Hirshberg; 8. Bloch's reception and his standing in Israel since 1954 Zecharia Plavin; 9. A performance history of Bloch's opera Macbeth: Paris 1910-Manhattan 2014 Stanley Henig; 10. King Solomon and the Baal Shem Tov: traditional elements in Bloch's musical representation of two iconic personalities from Jewish history Alexander Knapp; 11. Postscript: the legacy Norman Solomon.


Ernest Bloch, II, Alexander Knapp, Stanley Henig, Norman Solomon, Klára Móricz, Malcolm Miller, David Schiller, David Z. Kushner, Philip V. Bohlman, Jehoash Hirshberg, Zecharia Plavin

Exploring the Legacy of Ernest Bloch:

Past, Present, Future

The Ernest Bloch Legacy Project is composed mostly of individuals who live in and near Newport, Oregon, where Ernest Bloch lived during the last eighteen years of his life. As noted above, we are currently working on the planning for the formal dedication of the Ernest Bloch Memorial Wayside.  We are also hoping to update the bronze plaque on the Ernest Bloch Memorial, which was originally dedicated in 1976.  We are also looking forward to working with the Lincoln County Historical Society in creating a display to accompany the dedication activities in 2018.

The International Ernest Bloch Society

The International Ernest Bloch Society invites you to become a member. Go to to learn more about membership. 

 Bloch Discography!

We would like to ackowledge the long-term dedication of Bloch discographer, Claude Torres.  Find the "Discography" tab to the left!

Claude Torres of Montpellier, France, has assembled a fine array of references for the Bloch scholar on his website. This includes several sections, including a comprehensive discography with biographical information, a chronology of the works, and an alphabetical listing of works.  He can regularly inform you of new offerings if you sign up for his periodic email messages by contacting him at <>.

Thank you Claude!

 Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and . . .

Just over seventy-seven years ago a man was driving up the Oregon coast, having just completed a series of lectures at UC Berkeley. (See "The Man in the Long Woolen Cape" at The Ernest Bloch I Knew" tab above) He was on his way back to his son's home in Oswego.  He found himself stopping in Agate Beach along the beautiful Oregon coast. During his visit he discovered a property which intrigued him.  

This was a man who several years before, in 1937, had a society formed in his honor.  The members of this society included such luminaries as Albert Einstein, Sir Thomas Beecham, Serge Koussevitzky, Havelock Ellis, Romain Rolland, Sir Donald Francis Tovey, and Bruno Walter. This would become the most permanent homesite this nomadic composer would ever have. He had spent the previous 9 years living off of a trust established by patrons of the arts in San Francisco. He had left his post as administrator and teacher of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (1925-1930), where he had landed after five years heading the Cleveland Institute of Music (1920 – 1925). Bloch achieved American citizenship in 1924. He returned to Europe in 1930 to compose full time, returning to the U.S. finally in 1939 when the Hitlerian menace began to threaten all of Europe. 

This man who, during his lifetime, was considered the fourth B after Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, would commence the third phase of his musical life in Agate Beach. During his illustrious career, which took him from his birthplace of Geneva, Switzerland to the place of his final resting in Agate Beach, this man was celebrated throughout the western world for his unique musical compositions.  

It has been 70 years since that summer of 1941 when Ernest Bloch first arrived on these shores.  He was at the height of his career.  All metrics which can be mustered give testimony to the impact this composer has had on his profession.  Perhaps the number of recordings give the scope: about 850 CDs and 400 LPs.  Perhaps the number of major awards.  Perhaps when you search the name Ernest Bloch online to discover nearly 600,000 hits.  

During the past several decades numerous individuals have considered how the house where Bloch lived could become a national historic site.  The house is currently owned by a private party, who would have to be approached with a serious offer of purchase.  In 2009 the house was finally put on the National Register of Historic Places.  This was a recommendation from the Oregon Historic Preservation Commission.  At the time, it was even suggested that the house be nominated to be a National Historic Landmark. 

We who live in Newport now have the opportunity to help realize this dream.  Not a "George Washington Slept Here" story, rather a considerable 18 years of major compositions.  During this time, 1941 to 1959, Bloch, though physically removed from the great musical centers of the world, would not be forgotten. That Bloch was so widely honored in his own lifetime attests to the fact that his achievements did not go unnoticed by many of his contemporaries.  Today there are societies honoring the composer in the United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Israel, and major efforts to preserve his legacy in many other countries, including France, China and Japan.

Anyone who has ever stepped foot in the house can attest to the spiritual feeling immediately evident when entering the space where some of the world's greatest musicians came to pay their respects, including Yehudi Menuhin.

Anyone who reads this account and feels so moved to volunteer their interest in helping the community create a truly important national historic site is invited to contact Frank Geltner on the Contact Us link to this website.

 "Rue Ernest Bloch"

 Contrasting street signs can be found in the two towns marking the beginning and ending of the life of Ernest Bloch: 1880 to 1959.  Above is the sign in Geneva, Switzerland.  The photo for Agate Beach (Newport), Oregon, thanks to the Newport City Council, is posted at the Photo Resources tab.  That sign now marks a point on Highway 101 in Newport (Agate Beach), Oregon near the home where Ernest Bloch lived from 1941 until his death in 1959. That sign was temporarily removed to make improvements to the Ernest Bloch Memorial Wayside.

 The Ernest Bloch I Knew

"The Ernest Bloch I Knew: The Agate Beach Years" by Helen Johnston Kintner

Helen Johnston was "a private student and close friend of Ernest Bloch" for the last thirteen years of his life. "My goal in putting this story together is simply to offer some glimpses into the inner dynamics of those final years of Ernest and Marguerite Blochs' lives in Agate Beach, Oregon, from an insider's perspective."

It was published on August 4, 2009 (Heirloom Edition of 100 copies) by the author in Oregon. Anyone interested in securing a copy should "Contact Us" by link to the left.


A worldwide celebration (International Jubilee Festival 2009) of Ernest Bloch’s works commemorating the 50th anniversary of his death was initiated by the Jewish Music Institute in 2007 at Cambridge University. "Ernest Bloch Studies" from Cambridge University Press is the culmination of that event in 2007.

Musical organizations large and small, including opera companies, orchestras, choirs, ensembles, soloists and venues worldwide were invited to include Bloch’s music in their programs for 2009-2010  – and beyond.  If you are programming Bloch and would like your event listed on this website's "Calendar Watch," please contact . To begin the 50th year the International Ernest Bloch Society was launched on July 8, 2008 in London.

Keep your eyes on the calendar link to the left for day to day events scheduled far and wide honoring Ernest Bloch.

This International Jubilee Festival of performances and workshops was coordinated by the Jewish Music Institute SOAS University of London, Joint Presidents Lady Solti and Leopold de Rothschild CBE, by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, and by the Ernest Bloch Legacy Foundation, Agate Beach, Oregon, Chairman Ernest Bloch II.

Please contact for information on having events posted to the calendar, or gaining authorization to post events from your country of origin.

International Committee:
Ernest Bloch II, Dr Frank J.M. Geltner (USA); Alain Hirsch. Oliver Margulies (Switzerland); Professor Dalia Atlas, Professor Jehoash Hirshberg (Israel); Ms Li Jin (China); Mr Akinori Itoh (Japan). Norman Solomon, Alexander Knapp, J Audrey Ellison (UK)


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Site last updated July 17, 2018.

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 Ernest Bloch Legacy logo print created by Lucienne Bloch Dimitroff from original photograph by Walt Dyke.

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