About the Oregon East Symphony

For over 30  years the Oregon East Symphony & Chorale has provided Pendleton and its surrounding rural region with high quality musical experiences and events. A volunteer Board of Directors guides the organization, which is administered by a management team consisting of an executive director and office support. This team, with the help of many devoted volunteers, facilitates an annual concert season 

Our Music Director and Conductor, Beau Benson, travels from Waco, Texas, to rehearse and conduct three of our symphony performances. Educaiton Di is our assistant conductor and conductor for the A Sharp Players. Steve Muller, from Pendleton, is our Chorale Director.

Musicians with the Oregon East Symphony & Chorale come from around the Pacific Northwest region to play. They hail from as far away as Portland, Eugene, Joseph, Baker City and La Grande in Oregon; and Spokane, Pullman, Vancouver, Tacoma, Ellensburg, Yakima, Tri-Cities and Walla Walla in Washington. The OES wishes to encourage all musicians, young and old, to find their musical roots and join in the music. You will always be welcome in the orchestra that fits your level of performance.

In addition to its regular concert series, the Symphony is committed to a unique and comprehensive youth music education project - Playing for Keeps - that supports, among other activities, two preparatory orchestras, a mentorship program for young musicians, scholarships for instrument rentals and music lessons and free concert tickets for students.

Our Board of Directors

John Wilson - Co-President
Sue Nelson - Co-
William Mayclin - Vice President
Mona Hern - Treasurer
Kate Botorff - Co-Secretary
Lezlee Flagg - Co-Secretary

Steve Bass
Gabrielle Bedolla - Youth Board Member
Kimberly Chavez-Sierra
Sylvia Clawson
Bill Dochnahl
Murray Dunlap
Michelle Grable
Beth Harrison
Alice Hepburn
Harriet Isom
George Nelson
Mireya Wolf
Wanda Wyrick

Children at Concerts Policy

In order to avoid distractions to both the audience and the performers, no children under three years old are to be admitted to ticketed Symphony concerts. Parents must attend to their young children at all times during a concert. If a child is exhibiting disruptive behavior during a performance, both the child and their parent will be asked to wait in lobby for the remainder of the performance.

Family season tickets are for 2 adults and 2 children. No children are allowed to sit on parents' laps in lieu of purchasing a ticket.