About us

What is picfest?

picfest (Pacific International Choral Festivals) presents a series of four choir gatherings in Eugene, Oregon in cooperation with the Oregon Bach Festival. Each summer, two of the weeklong events occur as part of a two-year cycle featuring the following schedule:

On even numbered years

  • Youth Choral Festival – (children/youth choirs thru age 18)
  • Young Women’s Choral Festival (female choirs thru age 18)

and odd numbered years

  • Treble Choral Festival – (boys, girls and mixed treble choirs)
  • Boys & Young Men’s Choral Festival (male choirs thru age 18) 

picfest is intentionally noncompetitive, with emphasis on the highest level of musical artistry, collaboration and building friendships that carry on long after the festival week. Choirs are selected through an application process that includes recorded performances, recent programming history and other supporting materials. Space is limited to 300 singers, so the only competition is in being one of the choirs invited to participate.

Choirs and their music staff and chaperones are housed on the beautiful University of Oregon campus. The days are filled with rehearsals, workshops, performances, participation in selected Bach Festival events, shared meals, social events and a variety of recreation options.

picfest is a treasure among youth choral festivals with its wonderfully non-competitive atmosphere, its rich collaboration with the renowned Oregon Bach Festival, and the way it puts young singers and their experience first.  – Henry Leck

Meet The Team


Peter Robb

Artistic Director

Board of Directors

Elaine Erwin, President

Phil Barnhart, Secretary

Susan Truax, Treasurer

Joshua Daniels

Jay Moore

Peter Robb

Artistic Advisory Board

Anton Armstrong, St. Olaf College

Bob Chilcott, composer

Lynn Gackle, Baylor University

Henry Leck, Indianapolis Children’s Choir

Sharon Paul, University of Oregon

Andrea Ramsey, University of Colorado – Boulder

Royce Saltzman, Oregon Bach Festival

Sandra Snow, Michigan State University

Music Quote of the Month


J. S. Bach
Attributed to J. S. Bach


“It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.”