The Oregon East Symphony & Chorale provides Pendleton and its surrounding rural region with high-quality musical experiences and youth education through its Playing for Keeps strings program.
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 LaGrande 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, an annual Summer Music Camp, and free concert tickets for students.