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Two symphonies; one Eastern Oregon

Eastern Oregon is home to both the Oregon East Symphony and Inland Northwest Musicians.

Established in 1986, the Oregon East Symphony’s mission is to “operate, support and maintain a symphony orchestra, ensembles, chorale and youth classical music program in order to enhance the cultural wealth of the region through education and performance.”

In order to meet its mission, the symphony and its volunteer board of directors provides two streams of programming:

1. An annual concert series programed by the symphony’s musical director Dr. Beau Benson, featuring local musicians performing large-scale symphonic pieces, chorale works, debut performances of works by local composers, collaborations with pop groups and multimedia presentations.

2. Playing For Keeps, a K-12 classical music education program with the goal of transforming beginning musicians into contributing members of the symphony through a series of activities for various ages and skill levels.

Visit Oregon East Symphony at for more information on programs and performances.

Located in Hermiston and celebrating 19 years, Inland Northwest Musicians ensembles have performed over 300 concerts in more than 40 different communities in Eastern Oregon and Southeast Washington. It is the only truly regional classical music organization in the Pacific Northwest.

Inland Northwest Musicians operates four performing ensembles:

• Inland Northwest Orchestra – a full symphony orchestra of approximately 50 members, with rehearsals held in Pendleton.

• Inland Northwest Chorale – a symphonic chorale group consisting of approximately 40 singers, with rehearsals held in Pendleton.

• Willow Creek Symphony – the west-oriented youth/preparatory orchestra consisting of approximately 30 members, currently rehearsing in Irrigon.

• Wallowa Valley Orchestra – the east-oriented youth/preparatory orchestra consisting of approximately 30 members with rehearsals held in Enterprise.

Inland Northwest Musicians offer musical experience for those who haven’t played an instrument for a long time and those who have been playing for only a couple of years. One of the concerts performed in the season is call the Young People’s Concert. This concert is performed in Hermiston by the Willow Creek Symphony and in the Wallowa Valley area by the orchestra and is for all fourth through sixth graders.

Visit Inland Northwest Musicians at for more information on programs and performances.


Breakfast of Champions
Cabin Fever Concert
Melonville Comedy Festival
Oregon Water Coalition Annual Meeting
Best of the West AAU Basketball Tournament


Distinguished Citizens Awards Banquet
For the Love of the Game AAU Basketball Tournament
Hermiston Education Foundation Beach & Beef Crab Feed
Desert Arts Performance
Hermiston Rod & Gun Club Crab Feed & Auction
Eastern Oregon Women’s Expo & Bridal Show
Hermiston Horse Sale
BeerEx Fest


Desert Arts Performance
Hermiston Sports Boosters Steak
Feed & Auction
Farm Workers Expo
Umatilla Booster Club Dinner & Auction
KOHU/KQFM Taste of Home
Cooking School
Red to Red Bike Race


Breakfast of Champions
Professional Assistant’s Day Luncheon
NRA Dinner & Auction
Umatilla Electric Annual Meeting


Intercollegiate Rodeo Finals
Hermiston’s Own Saturday Market (every Saturday)
Eastern Oregon Arts Festival
Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Me & My Prince Father/Daughter Dance
Mother’s Day Classic Youth Baseball Tournament
Butte Challenge
Rock & Gem Show


Hermiston’s Own Saturday Market (every Saturday)
Meadowood Springs Speech Camp
Golf Tournament
Century Farm Tour
Relay for Life


Hermiston Family Funfest
Hermiston Classic Car Club Show
Takin’ it to the Streets 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
Hermiston’s Own Saturday Market (every Saturday)
Purple Ridge Lavender Festival


Umatilla County Fair & Parade
Farm City Pro Rodeo
Hermiston’s Own Saturday Market (every Saturday)


Desert Arts Performance
Blue Mt. Rabbit Breeders Show
Don Horneck Memorial Run & Banquet
Hermiston’s Own Saturday Market (every Saturday)
Hermiston Education Foundation Fun Run


Altrusa Auction
Good Shepherd’s Family Health and
Fitness Day
Breakfast of Champions
Columbia River “Best Dam” Power
Hermiston’s Own Saturday Market (every Saturday)
Halloween Treat’s on Main and Beyond


Friends of Bill Oyster Feed
Desert Arts Performance
Autumn Kickoff AAU Basketball Tournament
Knights of Columbus Pig Out
Veteran’s Day Breakfast


Farm Fair Ag & Tradeshow
Holiday Hoops AAU Basketball Tournament
Festival of Trees
Living Nativity
Journey to Bethlehem

For more on what’s happening in the Hermiston area, visit the events page at

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