Strings camp crescendos with free concert

Photo contributed by J.D. Kindle An advanced level string quartet featuring Jerry Yao, Ethan Estrada, Daniella Torres and Kieric Speakman rehearse Beethoven's “Rondo.” Presented by the Oregon East Symphony, Summer Strings Music Camp participants will perform a free concert Friday at Peace Lutheran Church in Pendleton.

PENDLETON — A concert featuring intermediate and advanced level chamber ensembles and beginner through advanced level orchestras will perform a concert in Pendleton.

Presented by the Oregon East Symphony, the week-long Summer Strings Music Camp kicked off Monday. The public is invited to the free performance Friday at 5 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 210 N.W. Ninth St., Pendleton.

Camp instructors include Zach Banks, a cellist and Oregon East Symphony educator; Austin Schlichting, a Bellingham, Washington-based violinist/composer; Emma Knight and Melinda Tovey, both violinists and local instructors; and cellist and Ethos music instructor Sammy Elwell and his wife, Amy, also a cellist. The camp is directed by Loree McKenna. This year’s camp is made possible in part due to a generous contribution by the Pendleton on Wheels Foundation.

For more information, contact OES executive director J.D. Kindle at

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