From playing in Sarajevo as bombs fell to conducting in Forest Grove, Dijana Ihas's journey as a musician has been remarkable.
Dijana Ihas, an associate professor in the Pacific University Music Department, was honored as Oregon Music Educator of the Year by the Oregon Music Education Association at its annual meeting in January.
The 54-member Pacific University Symphonic Band has created a seven-work concert to celebrate the new year. "Hello 2021!" features performances by various small ensembles from Pacific, as well as one by the full band.
Performances are Feb. 14 at Pacific's Forest Grove Campus and Feb. 15 at Village Church in Beaverton. Tickets coming soon.
A music scholarship at Pacific opened artistic doors for Leiana Petlewski ’21 and helped ignite her creative passion. She plays the cello in the symphonic orchestra and is a member of the dance ensemble. Now a junior, Petlewski is majoring in applied theatre and dance.
A play about gender shifting spanning centuries, fluid movement from choreographers, and the sounds of jazz, a choir, and “Amazing Grace.” These are just some of the highlights of Pacific University’s 2019 Fall Theatre, Dance and Concert Season.
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.