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Music in May
More than 400 high school student musicians will descend on the university's Forest Grove Campus for three days of rehearsals and lessons.
Youth get brass lessons from Pacific students
Pacific students offer music lessons to area youth in renowned String Project, which has has expanded to include band instruments.
Rainbow watercolor
Optimizing Care Across the Gender Spectrum, a one-day workshop on Saturday, April 6, provides tools for speech-language pathologists and educators.  
Dr. Burch-Pesses Conducting students
Pacific's music program is at a crescendo! The Music Department now boasts more than 100 students, up from about 30 a decade ago. With new offerings in music therapy and music education, the Music Department is on tempo for a new era of success.
Aaron Cottam ’07 is the new band director at Holyoke (Colo.) Schools, teaching 5th through 12th grade, as well as directing the school’s pep band and jazz band.
A surge in students pursuing music degrees at Pacific University over the past decade is expected to continue this fall.
Elijah Pine ’21
When Elijah Pine ’21 first visited Pacific University, he was one of hundreds of high school students attending the yearly Music in May festival. The experience shaped his life in ways he could not have imagined.
Music in May, one of the longest running high school music festivals in the country, will celebrate its 70th anniversary May 24-26 at Pacific University.
The Pacific University String Project has been awarded the 2018 Outstanding String Project of the Year Award by the American String Teachers Association and the National String Project Consortium.
Dr. Burch-Pesses
Michael Burch-Pesses, Pacific University's longtime director of bands, is the 2018 winner of the Oregon Music Education Association's John C. McManus Distinguished Teacher Award. 

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