Enjoy the Oregon East Symphony Orchestra at the Vert Auditorium
About the Oregon East Symphony
For twenty-five years the Oregon East Symphony, called “the best small-town symphony orchestra in North America,” has provided Pendleton and its surrounding rural region with high quality musical experiences and events. A volunteer Board of Directors guides the Symphony, which is administered by an Executive Director and Office Manager. Last season we said goodbye to long time Conductor and Music Director Kenneth Woods, who departs for new horizons. Concertmaster Lisa Robertson will fulfill the position of Interim Music Director while we undergo a search process for a new Conductor/Music Director. We will feature finalists in our search for a new conductor during our 2009-2011 concert seasons. A separate volunteer Guild supports the activities of the orchestra and chorale by providing concert receptions and sponsoring fund-raising events.Musicians with the Oregon East Symphony come from around the Pacific Northwest region to play. They hail from as far away as Portland, Eugene, Joseph, Baker City and LaGrande in Oregon and Spokane, Pullman, Vancouver, Tacoma, Ellensburg, Yakima, Tricities 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. Auditions are not required to join the orchestra.
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 youth chorale, a mentorship program for young musicians, scholarships for instrument rentals and music lessons, an annual Summer Music Camp, and free concert tickets for students.
Go for a hike in the nearby Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
The Umatilla National Forest, located in the Blue Mountains of southeast Washington and northeast Oregon, covers 1.4 million acres of diverse landscapes and plant communities. The forest has some mountainous terrain, but most of the forest consists of v-shaped valleys separated by narrow ridges or plateaus. The landscape also includes heavily timbered slopes, grassland ridges and benches, and bold basalt outcroppings. Elevation range from 1,600 to 8,000 feet above sea level. Changes in weather are common, but summers are generally warm and dry with cool evenings. Cold, snowy winters and mild temperatures during spring and fall can be expected.
About the Umatilla National Forest
The Umatilla National Forest in Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington is administered from the Forest Supervisor’s Office in Pendleton, Oregon and four Ranger Districts. The Forest Supervisor, assisted by a professional and technical staff, is responsible for all activities affecting the 1.4 million National Forest acres. District Rangers and their staffs accomplish on-the-ground management of forest resources.
The National Forest system is administered by the USDA Forest Service. The Umatilla National Forest is within the Pacific Northwest Region which includes the 19 National Forests in Washington and Oregon. Headquarters for the Pacific Northwest Region are located at the Robert Duncan Plaza, 333 S.W. 1st st., P.O. Box 3623, Portland, Oregon 97208, (503) 808-2200.
Like all National Forests, the Umatilla belongs to all Americans and is managed under the multiple-use principle ‘for the greatest good of the greatest number in the long run.’
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, 2.3 million acres of varied landscape, extends from the Blue Mountains and rugged Wallowa Mountains down to the spectacular canyon country of the Snake River on the Idaho border.
The forest ranges in elevation from 875 feet in the Hells Canyon National Receation Area to 9,845 feet in the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area.
We manage the forest as sustainable ecosystems providing clean water, wildlife habitat and valuable forest products. This setting offers a variety of year-round recreation opportunities.