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. 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 2019

May 23-25, 2019
Pacific University | Forest Grove, OR

Festival Concert
May 25, 2019 at 3 p.m. in the Stoller Center

Music in May Poster
Program Brochure
Application Form 2019
Medical Form
Schedule 2019
Registration Form 2019

Contact Us

Music in May
mim@pacificu.edu | 503-352-1414

2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116