George Harshbarger

George Harshbarger, Music Professor. (Photo by Heidi Hoffman)

Symphony of Memories

When music professor George Harshbarger says goodbye to teaching after this year, it will be the people that he will miss the most.

Harshbarger has taught for 34 years with 18 years at Pacific University. During his career, Harshbarger has taught a variety of grades ranging from the public school level to the university level.

“I have enjoyed wonderful students and colleagues, and have been aided by a most efficient and agreeable university staff. The pleasant interactions with the Pacific community in and out of the classroom will be impossible to replace,” said Harshbarger.

While at Pacific, Harshbarger has served as the University’s Director of Choral Activities and served as the Chair of the Arts Division.

For Harshbarger, the memories created with Pacific University’s Chamber Singers and Choral Union will stay with him long after he has retired. One memory in particular stands out for Harshbarger, however. In 1997 and 1998, the Choral Union was the first choir to perform any of Handel’s Messiah in the People’s Republic of China since the Communist Revolution in 1949.

“It’s hard to top memories like those,” said Harshbarger.

-- Ashleigh Simons '12