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Music in May comes to Pacific University

Pacific University's annual Music in May festival will host 400 student musicians for three days of rehearsals and lessons at the University's Forest Grove campus May 26-28.

Pacific University's annual Music in May festival, celebrating its 63rd anniversary as the only college-sponsored high school music festival in the Northwest, will host 400 student musicians for three days of rehearsals and lessons at the University's Forest Grove campus May 26-28.

Student musicians from throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and California are participating in the annual event sponsored by the Pacific Music Department. They will stay in residence halls with school chaperones for the three-day festival and conclude the weekend with a concert featuring orchestra, choir and band.

The grand finale concert will take place on Saturday, May 28 at 3 p.m. in the Bill and Cathy Stoller Center (2331 Main Street). Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting the Music in May office at 503-352-2198.

Three distinguished guest conductors have selected challenging literature for their ensembles to perform in the finale concert. Huw Edwards, Music Director and Conductor of the Portland Columbia Symphony will conduct the orchestra. Lynne Gackle, Assistant Choral Director at Baylor University (Texas) will serve as the conductor of the choir.

Conducting the band will be Ralph Ford, Director of Bands at Troy University (Ala.). Twenty-three Pacific University students will also serve as mentors to the high school students during the festival.