Music Ensembles

Community Ensembles

Art Center East’s community ensemble programs provide high quality, community-based music instruction and performance opportunities through a long-standing partnership with Eastern Oregon University’s Music Department. Our community ensembles are designed to meet the unique needs of the communities by offering arts learning opportunities for children aged 7 – 18, area high-school and college students, as well as community members from the tri-county area (Union, Wallowa, and Baker). Our community ensembles perform at least three free concerts per year per group, with the exception of the Union County Children’s Choir (Fall & Winter) and the Community African Drumming group, at McKenzie Theater on the campus of Eastern Oregon University.

Union County Children’s Choir

2nd – 6th grade

Community Ensembles

Update: The Union County Children's Choir is on hiatus due to low enrollment. We are currently working on revamping the program. If you are interested in finding out more about children's music opportunities in La Grande or would like to contribute to rebuilding our program, please submit your email address below and we will be in touch!


The Union County Children’s Choir is open to children in grades 2 – 6. The fee is $75 per term or $140 per year. A limited number of scholarships are available. Please call for information on how to apply.

The Union County Children’s Choir was established in 1996 with the goal of providing quality musical instruction for elementary school students and is sponsored by Art Center East and Eastern Oregon University. Local support is provided by the Soroptimists International of La Grande and Red Cross Drugs.

Union County Children's Choir, registration fee $75/term, meets weekly on Mondays from 5:00 - 6:00 pm @ Loso Hall Rm 123, EOU campus

Winter Term 2019CANCELLED

Director: Shyanne Winters

Grande Ronde Community Choir

All Ages

Community Ensembles


The Grande Ronde Community Choir meets weekly in the evening each term (Fall & Winter) at Eastern Oregon University in Loso Hall Rm 123 from 7 – 9pm. The group is open to all ages and skill levels. This community ensemble made possible in part by support from Blue Summit Realty Group - Haley Hines, and Valley Insurance (both of La Grande)

Grande Ronde Community Choir, registration fee $45 members / $55 non-members. Meets weekly on Thursdays from 7-9pm @ Loso Hall Rm 123, EOU campus

Winter Term 20191/10 - 3/7

Winter Concert: March 14, 7:00 pm, McKenzie Theater, EOU campus in La Grande. FREE ADMISSION (Donations gladly accepted)

Director: Michael Frasier

Register online for Grande Ronde Community Choir here.

Community African Drumming

All Ages

Community Ensembles

drumming west africanThe Community African Drumming group meets weekly in the evening each term (Fall, Winter, and Spring) at Eastern Oregon University. The fee for the 8-10 week course is $45 - member / $55 - non-members. The group, under the direction of Luke McKern, is open to all ages and skill levels. A minimum of eight participants is required for the program to run.

Meets weekly on Tuesdays from from 6-7pm @ Loso Hall Rm 123, EOU campus

Winter Term 2019: 1/8 - 3/19

(No concerts)

Instructor: Luke McKern

Register for Community African Drumming here

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