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About the Festival

The Pacific Crest Music Festival, located in the picturesque town of Dunsmuir, CA, is a highly intensive international music education program in which hand selected students are invited to work, rehearse, and perform alongside the outstanding professional faculty.


PCMF's incredible student to faculty ratio (approximately 4:1) leads to an extremely personalized and individualized experience for each member. What all PCMF student artists share in common is a passion for music, and a desire to push themselves beyond the limits of their current abilities. Collegiate and advanced high school student are all encouraged to audition.

It is the mission of Pacific Crest Music to provide a quality classical music education for aspiring young musicians with diverse social and economic backgrounds through teaching and performance, thereby enriching the artistry of each student and the cultural life of the surrounding community.


During their stay, the student artists will work in both smaller and larger chamber ensembles.  Many of these groups consist of both student artists and faculty, providing every student artist with a unique opportunity to experience rehearsals and performances at a professional standard.


Private lessons, masterclasses, solo opportunities  public performances,  community outreach, and faculty concerts are all also included in the PCMF experience.  At the end of every festival, the students and faculty all spend a day enjoying local attractions such as Castle Lake, Siskiyou Lake, Mt. Shasta, or Mossbrae Falls.


For information regarding PCMF auditions, supporting the program, attending concerts/masterclasses, hosting a PCMF performance, or any other questions, please contact PCMF directly.


Faculty cellist Laura Gaynon rehearses with the Festival Orchestra


Celebrating after the show

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