Music in May

Music in May is one of the longest running high school music festivals in the United States.

Music in May was founded in 1948 at Pacific University by Richard A. Green to encourage the development of string music in the public schools of the Pacific Northwest. Band and choir were added at the suggestion of high school music directors, who saw in the festival a means of recognizing students whose service to their particular schools was especially noteworthy.

Each year the number of nominees for places at Music in May far exceeds the number who can be accepted. Housing limitations and the natural requirements of each ensemble result in over 500 participants each year, approximately 300 in the choir, 170 in the band and 80 in the orchestra.

Participants' achievements in three days, under distinguished guest conductors culminating in the Saturday afternoon concert, represent not only their own efforts, but those of approximately 170 high school directors who have developed their students’ talents and recommended them for Music in May.

Music in May 2018

May 24-26, 2018
Pacific University | Forest Grove, OR

Festival Concert
May 26, 2018 at 3 p.m. in the Stoller Center


Music in May Poster

Program Brochure

Registration Form 2018

Medical Form

Schedule 2018



Contact Information

503-352-1414 |

Music in May
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116