Music Department

Department

The Pacific University Music Department welcomes music lovers of all kinds.

We offer majors and minors in four different areas, encouraging students to pursue their passion for music on the way to careers in performance, education, and healthcare. Study music, music performance, music education, and music therapy at Pacific.

We value the role that music plays in the world, both in and out of the career realm. That’s why we are also committed to advancing musical education at the K-12 level. The Pacific University String Project — where collegiate music students teach string instruments to K-12 students — has been named best in the nation, and our high school music festival, Music in May, is one of the longest running in the country.

The Pacific University Music Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices.

Music Scholarships

We welcome students who want to pursue music as a college degree as well as those with other academic interests who want to continue to embrace their musical abilities. 

Music scholarships of $2,000 to $6,000 a year are available to undergraduate students regardless of major or minor. Auditions for talent scholarships take place each spring. Learn more about music scholarships at Pacific University.

Music Ensembles

Pacific University is home to several music ensembles, and most are open to music students as well as students in other academic disciplines. Learn about our variety of music ensembles.

Headlines

Leiana Petlewski '21

A dance and applied theatre double major, Leiana Petlewski '21 was selected as Pacific’s undergraduate valedictorian for May 2021 Commencement. She also was named the university’s Outstanding Senior in Applied Theatre (along with fellow graduate Julia Peterson ’21), Outstanding Senior in Dance, and Outstanding Senior in the Arts.

Carpenter

Colleen Carpenter ’21, a senior from Sequim, Wash., has received Pacific University’s Peggy Cadd Award for Service in the Arts.

Elijah Pine

Elijah Pine ’21 was named a Pacific University Outstanding Senior in Music Education.