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.

Upcoming Events

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7:30 p.m. | Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022
Forest Grove, Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center

Headlines

Christopher Berg, Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the School of Music at the University of South Carolina and world class guitar and lute player will perform with the Pacific Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Elburn "Coop" Cooper ’51, died Sept. 5, 2022, at age 98. Cooper grew up in Fargo, N.D

Derek Brown

Derek Brown '98, MAT '99, says leadership "was a powerful idea for me." His career as an educator, policy setter, officer and musician illustrates that.