DALLAS -- Dallas High School junior Anna Rebischke was selected this month to sing in a choir that draws from high schools all over Oregon.
Rebischke is one of 450 musicians who visited the Pacific University campus in Forest Grove last week end to participate in the Music in May Festival.
According to Linda Saari, a Pacific University staff member, the Music in May event is the oldest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. It was founded in 1948 by former Pacific University Professor Richard Greenfield to encourage high school age instrumentalists.
The festival has since expanded to include band and choir members. Participating students are accepted to the festival based solely on recommendations by their music teachers. They are given the music a few months before the event and are expected to show up ready to perform. There is one dress rehearsal, then a final performance.
Dallas High School choir director Jacqueline Lusk recommended Rebischke to the program earlier this year.
"The thing about Anna is that she is very committed and she is also very interested in doing solos ... she is one of those students who is very dedicated to what she does," Lusk said.
This is Lusk's first year back at the high school after severe budgets cuts eliminated her position two years ago. She said she is glad to be back and looks forward to working with Rebischke for another year.
Rebischke was raised in Dallas and her father is a music teacher at Oakdale Heights Elementary. She has sung in choirs since she was in the first grade and is an active member of the Willamette Girls' Choir based in Salem.
While at Pacific, she spent three days attending workshops and final rehearsals before performing with the other students in an evening concert.
When Rebischke graduates next year she plans to go on to college -- but doesn't want to major in music.
"I'll always have music in my life, but I don't want to be a music teacher. So I'll probably just minor in music and do something else," she said.
For more information on Music in May, see www.pacificu.edu.