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 is typically comprised of approximately 16 to 22 students artists, and a faculty of six to eight.  It is this incredible ratio that 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. Middle school, high-school, and collegiate student artists are all encouraged to audition.

It is the mission of the Pacific Crest Music Festival to make this intensive educational experience available to all students and families, regardless of their social or economic backgrounds.


During their stay, the young musicians will work in smaller chamber groups as well as performing in the Festival Orchestra.  Many of these groups consist of both student artists and faculty, providing every student artist with an opportunity to experience rehearsals and performances at a professional standard.


Private lessons, masterclasses, solo opportunites, 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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Background photo credit: Chiharu Sai