Inaugural Fall High School Orchestra Festival November 3, 2018

During the Fall High School Orchestra Festival in Oregon, the participating orchestras will have an opportunity to perform between 20 - 25 minutes of music for four nationally recognized adjudicators.

This non-competitive festival is designed to provide students and educators with a valuable educational experience ​in the first half of the school year so that they can be motivated and focused on performance based outcomes from the onset of the instructional year. 

Festival will culminate in a final performance of All-Festival Orchestra that will consist of selected students from all participating groups (school directors will make selections). All Festival Orchestra will rehearse and then perform earlier prepared piece of music under the direction of the festival's lead adjudicator (this year Dr. Frank Diaz).


Dr. Frank Diaz | Indiana University
Dr. Miranda Wilson | University of Idaho
Dr. Kelley Johnson | Washington
Prof. Tyler Abbott | University of Oregon


Registration Deadline | Thursday, September 27, 2018          


Payment | $200 per group (includes all related fees except the transportation and food fees; students may bring their own food or food can be ordered).

Payments must be received by October 4, 2018

Make Credit Card payments here 

Or send checks to:
Pacific University
Attn: Fall HS Orchestra Festival
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR. 97116

The festival is Saturday, November 3, 2018 (approximate times 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Groups arriving on November 2, 2018 will have available string pedagogy workshops in the late afternoon 


Dr. Frank Diaz

Dr. Frank Diaz | Indiana University

Dr. Frank M. Diaz is Associate Professor of Music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music He previously held teaching positions at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory of Music and Dance, University of Oregon, and school districts in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida. He is also former Music Director and Conductor of the Corvallis Youth Symphony in Corvallis, Oregon.Diaz maintains an active schedule as an adjudicator and clinician, and as a guest speaker for arts organizations, educational institutions, and civic groups across the United States. Recent and upcoming conducting engagements include work with collegiate, honors, regional, and all-state orchestras in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Oregon, Missouri, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. He has also founded and conducted orchestras at Florida State University and the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.An active member of the American String Teachers Association, Dr. Diaz has served on the ASTA Wellness Task Force, Content Development Committee, the editorial board of the Journal of String Research, and as an adjudicator for the National Orchestra Festival. 

Dr. Miranda Wilson

Dr. Miranda Wilson | University of Idaho

Miranda Wilson is an internationally performing cellist and writer. Recent performances include a marathon concert of Bach’s Six Cello Suites using a five-string cello commissioned for the occasion. She has made several broadcast and compact disc recordings, the most recent of which, Wondrous Love, features the complete solo cello music of Ernest Bloch and Daniel Bukvich. She is the author of the book Cello Practice, Cello Performance (Rowman & Littlefield), dozens of articles for Stringsmagazine and other journals, and a blog at

A native of Wellington, Miranda Wilson made her soloist debut aged sixteen, playing Elgar’s cello concerto with Orchestra Wellington. She was educated at the Universities of Canterbury, London, and Texas. For several years she was the cellist of the Tasman String Quartet, before taking up her current position as Associate Professor of Cello at the University of Idaho. She is also the founder and co-director of the University of Idaho Music Preparatory Division and the Idaho Bach Festival. In the summers, she performs and teaches at Red Lodge Music Festival in Montana.

Dr. Kelly Johnson

Dr. Kelley Johnson | Washington

Dr. Kelley Marie Johnson is a violinist, violist, conductor, and string pedagogy researcher. She lives in Seattle, WA where she is the director for the Johnson Strings Studios. She has worked with ASTA as the national Chairman of the ASTACAP program, published her dissertation entitiled “Lucien Capet and Superior Bowing Technique” and continues to teach her own set of students while engaging in hands on trials of teaching, performing, technique and practice techniques. She will be launching Community Music Guild, an extraordinary online training program for teachers and students, this fall. This is where a decade of curriculum development and results from this research will be available. In her free time Kelley enjoys cooking, enjoying nature, and spending time with her families of relation, faith and friends.

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Prof. Tyler Abbott | University of Oregon

Senior Instructor of Double Bass, Jazz Bass, and Music Theory | website

Tyler Abbott is an instructor of double bass, jazz bass, and music theory. He maintains an active performance schedule as an orchestral bassist, chamber musician, jazz bassist, clinician, and soloist, performing throughout the region and nation with some of the finest musicians in both the classical and jazz music worlds. He has recently performed with, or is a member of, the Eugene Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival, Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Festival of American Music’s “American Symphonia,” Eugene Opera Orchestra, Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Mozart Players, Salem Chamber Orchestra, and several other professional orchestras throughout the region and country. As a chamber musician, he has performed with the Oregon String Quartet, Pacifica Trio, Beta Collide, and Hundreth Monkey, a contemporary ensemble based in Eugene, of which he was co-director.

As a jazz bassist, Abbott has performed with Tom Grant, Ben Monder, Randy Porter, Roswell Rudd, Danilo Perez, Dave Pietro, Scott Wenholdt, Nancy King, George Mitchell, Arnie Caruthers, Ryan Keberle, Randy Halberstadt, Dick Hyman, Howard Levy, Warren Rand, John Stowell, and many others. He regularly performs in jazz festivals and on radio broadcasts. His recording with Toby Koenigsberg, Sense, was released by Origin Records and was met with numerous favorable reviews.

In addition to the University of Oregon, Abbott has also taught at Walla Walla College and Willamette University. He maintains a private teaching studio in Eugene, Oregon.

Abbott has studied double bass with Roma Vayspapir, Bruce Bransby, Jeff Bradetich, Don Hermanns, Lynn Seaton, Dave Captein, Ken Baldwin, Curtis Daily, Eugene Jablonsky, and has studied briefly and/or participated in master classes with Hal Robinson, Edgar Meyer, Al Laszlo, and Eugene Levinson.

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