Major in Music Performance
Rehearse for your career with a major in music performance with an emphasis in vocal, piano or instrumental performance.
Gain a solid academic foundation built upon studies in music theory and analysis, music history and performance opportunities in both classical and jazz idioms. In the Bachelor of Arts in Music: Performance, students spend their time rehearsing and practicing for the many performance opportunities at Pacific University. Ensemble participation and solo recitals are essential parts of the plan of study. Receive individualized performance instruction and enjoy state-of-the-art facilities — including a 400-seat recital hall, piano lab with Kawai electronic units, a Mac-based MIDI lab, practice rooms with pianos, a percussion studio and rehearsal space that replicates the recital hall. Perform in a wide range of ensembles and travel with performance groups to major cities in the U.S. and abroad. Apply for music scholarships that are available to all students, not just music majors or minors.
Joshua Pearl' 19 learned about the therapeutics of music in the hardest possible way: He was afflicted with an autoimmune disease that caused him severe pain. He turned to the piano as a form of treatment, and it helped lessen the need for painkillers he had been prescribed. Recognizing that music could do for others what it did for him, Pearl became a music therapist.
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.