Artistic Staff

Beau Benson - Conductor / Artistic Director

Beau Benson has served as Artistic Director/Conductor for the Oregon East Symphony since the 2013-2014 season. He also serves as the conductor for the Waco Symphony Youth Orchestra and Director of Orchestras for the Midway Independent School District in Waco. Concurrent to his first two years in Waco, Dr. Benson served as Principal Conductor for the Metroplex Opera in Dallas, Texas, following three seasons as Music Director/Conductor of the Mason Orchestral Society in Mason, Michigan. In addition to his work as a conductor, Dr. Benson has appeared extensively as a soloist on the classical guitar, and his compositions have been heard around the world.

Beau Benson received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting at Michigan State University. He received his Masters degree in Orchestral Conducting from Southern Methodist University, where he also earned bachelors degrees in classical guitar performance and music education. He currently lives in Waco, Tx with his wife Amy and their daughter Loïe and twin sons Henry and Charles.

Steve Muller - Assistant Choral Conductor

Steve Muller is a retired music teacher from Pendleton. He has a Master’s degree in Music from the University of Oregon (emphasis in conducting and bass trombone) and bachelor’s degrees from Eastern Oregon University in Music and Secondary Education. Steve spent 37 years as a player and then director of the Happy Canyon Pit Orchestra, and has regularly played trombone with OES since its beginning. He has also performed regularly as a vocalist with the Pendleton Men’s Chorus, Consort Columbia, BMCC community theater musicals, and as a soloist with OES. Steve retired from the Pendleton School District in 2010 after teaching Band, Choir, and Elementary Music. He is currently the Chancel Choir Director at the Pendleton Presbyterian church.