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

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.

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!

    Community African Drumming

    Age 12+

    Community Ensembles

    drumming west africanThe Community African Drumming is made up of students and community members dedicated to the traditional music of Western Africa. The group came into existence 15 years ago, and has performed numerous concerts around the Pacific Northwest, including the Seattle Rhythm Festival. All skill levels welcome. Grab a friend and enjoy the rhythms and community building that drumming has to offer.

    Instructor: Luke McKern

    Cost: $45 Member / $55 Non-Member

    Location: Loso Hall Rm 123, EOU campus

    Winter Term: January 7th - March 17th, 2020
    6:00 - 7:00 pm

    Register for Winter Term Online

    Spring Term: April 7th - June 9th, 2020
    6:00 - 7:00 pm

    Register for Spring Term Online

    (No concerts)

    Grande Ronde Community Choir

    Age 14+

    Community Ensembles


    The Grande Ronde Community Choir is a 50-65 voice mixed choral ensemble comprised of community members, EOU students, staff, faculty, and high school students. The choir rehearses and performs a wide variety of choral literature ranging from major works with orchestra to spirituals and musical theatre repertoire. Three or more concerts are scheduled each year. Annual performances include the Choirs of the Valley Concert, the Holiday Music Festival, March Choral Concert and periodic concerts presented in conjunction with the EOU Chamber Choir, Oregon Chorale, and the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra.

    No audition required

    Choral Director: Michael Frasier

    Accompanist: Lanetta Paul

    Cost: $45 members / $55 non-members
    High Schoolers: $10!
    **Register for both terms at the same time and members receive a reduced rate!**
    $80 member / $110 non-members 
    Location: Loso Hall Rm 123 on Eastern Oregon University campus in La Grande
    Winter Term: Thursdays, January 9 - March 12, 2020
    7:00 - 9:00 pm 
    Concert: March 5th, 7:30 pm @ McKenzie Theater

    Register for Winter Term Online

    Community Ensembles

    Art Center East Community Music Program Sponsored in Part by: