On stage, on film, on TV

May 25, 2012

Pacific hosts Music in May; film student screens production in Portland festival; media arts projects appear on Grant's Getaways.

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A little student life came back to Pacific’s Forest Grove campus this week, as almost 400 high-schoolers descended on the school for the Music in May 2012.

Founded in 1948, this is one of the longest-running high school music festivals in the country, now featuring the opportunity for elite young orchestra, band and choir students to come together from throughout the Pacific Northwest, experience college campus life for a few days and perform great music.

Recent graduate Ashleigh Simons writes a bit about this year’s festival on the Pacific University homepage. I, however, offer a story from a previous year: In the early 1970s, my mom was a participant in Music in May (she’s fabulously musical, particularly vocally—a talent that skipped me and landed straight on my sister). Unfortunately, she spent the weekend at Pacific miserable with the flu. I hope all of this year’s participants are having a much better time!

Meanwhile, though the College of Arts & Sciences’ undergraduate classes are on summer hiatus, the “arts” portion of Pacific’s liberal arts focus is still thriving.

Tonight, film and video major Anika Tobiason ’13 is screening her film, Reveillant, at the Experimental Film Festival Portland. The festival features dozens of films over a weeklong period. Tobiason’s production is one of 19 shorts that will be screened at Studio Two, 810 SE Belmont St., starting tonight at 8:45 p.m. Tickets are $6.

You also can catch some of the work of recent media arts graduates and students at home on your TV this weekend. Korina Kaio-Maddox and Molly Trotter, both 2012 graduates, along with senior Alexa Block ’13, produced segments of this weekend’s Grant’s Getaways show that appears on KGW NewsChannel 8 this weekend. Working under the instruction of Grant McOmie ’75 (and working with videographer Jeff Kastner ’05) in an electronic media course at Pacific, the students produced segments on local outdoor adventures, including a white-water kayaking trip with Pacific’s Outback program, local hiking and the Tree to Tree Adventure Park near Hagg Lake. The Forest Grove News-Times writes about the students’ work in this week’s newspaper edition, and you can catch Grant’s Getaways on KGW NewsChannel 8 on Saturday evenings and on Northwest Cable News at 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays.