COVID-19 Information

All guests on Pacific campuses, as well as at university-sponsored events off campus, are encouraged to be fully vaccinated (including all eligible boosters) but will no longer be required to be vaccinated nor will they be required to provide a negative test. 


Music in May---Registration page for accepted participants will open FRIDAY, March 24, 2023

Music in May will be May 25-27, 2023! 

Find all the information you need in our Informational Brochure below!

Student interest forms and applications are now open. Students must fill out the interest form and turn it into their directors. The director will then fill in their Skill Evaluation and Referral form and submit them both to our office. 

After a smaller festival in 2022, we are excited to announce that Music in May is back bigger and better for 2023! While we will follow COVID restrictions, we expect to have a robust festival. We look forward to hosting you for an amazing weekend of music and fun. Please review current campus guest vaccination requirements

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. Greenfield 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 2023

May 25-27, 2023
Pacific University | Forest Grove, OR

Final Concert

May 27, 2023 at 3 p.m. in the Stoller Center

Students should fill out the Student Interest Form and provide it to their music director.

Directors: please fill out our contact page here.

Please note that the student referral deadline was FEBRUARY 14, 2023.

Find all the information you need in our links below!

Informational Brochure

Music in May FAQ
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Music in May | 503-352-2198

2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116