Frances Clapp ’08 — that is, 1908 — was a revered figure from the turn of the last century. She was a skilled pianist who appeared in many musical programs from the era, playing Chopin, Beethoven, Grieg, Rubinstein, Bach and other composers.
The concert is a culmination of three days of fun, yet intense, instruction and practice for aspiring young musicians under the direction of distinguished music faculty.
More than 400 high school student musicians will descend on the university's Forest Grove Campus for three days of rehearsals and lessons.
Five performances each feature a different ensemble of Pacific student musicians.
Pacific will host a high school chamber ensembles contest on Friday, April 26 and a high school musician solo competition on Saturday, April 27.
Tickets are available now for the shows, as well as for a special opening night reception event.
A surge in students pursuing music degrees at Pacific University over the past decade is expected to continue this fall.
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.
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.
A musician, former television news writer and current doctoral psychology graduate student in Pacific University’s School of Professional Psychology, Anna Antonia Giedwoyn, ’13 has also put together a children’s musical CD called Goldfish Don't Eat Pizza. She performed at Posh Baby in Portland last February.