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Music in May features talent of young musicians

COURTESY PHOTO - After a three day program, Music in Mays final concert will happen in Pacific Universitys Stoller Center on Saturday, May 28 at 3 p.m.Pacific University’s annual Music in May Festival, celebrating its 68th anniversary as the only college-sponsored high school music festival in the Northwest, will host 400 student musicians May 26-28 for three days of rehearsals and lessons.

The students will perform a grand finale concert on Saturday, May 28, 3 p.m., at the Stoller Center, 2331 Main St., Forest Grove.

Student musicians from Oregon, Washington and Idaho are participating in the annual event at the Pacific University campus. An offering of Pacific University’s Music Department, students stay in residence halls with school chaperones for the three-day festival and conclude the weekend with the concert featuring orchestra, choir and band.

Founded by former Pacific music education professor Richard Greenfield, Music in May began in 1948 to assist high school string instrumentalists. The festival expanded to include band and choir, and is now considered the oldest event of its kind in the northwest.

Three distinguished guest conductors have selected challenging final pieces for their ensembles to perform in the concert. Mark Laycock, orchestra director from Wichita State University, will conduct the orchestra. Nicole Lamartine, choir director from the University of Wyoming, will serve as the conductor of the choir. Conducting the band will be Rebecca Phillips, band director from Colorado State University. Twenty-two Pacific University students will also serve as mentors to the high school students during the festival.

Admission to the grand finale concert is $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 503-352-2198.