Cathy Muller has been a part of the Oregon East Symphony since day one. She started on the flute and now, 29 years later, she’s the executive director.

Muller is using her new title to find new ways the community can get excited about music.

“My goal is to fill the hall,” Muller said. “Our season has a more diverse program than in the past. Typically a season package has traditional classic concerts, but this year we’ll have those as well as three other events that are all outside of our usual concerts.”

One of those out of the ordinary concerts will be a screening of the Dracula silent film “Nosferatu,” which will be accompanied by a live score written by Music Director Beau Benson.

“(Nosferatu) will be something fun for people who wouldn’t usually come out to see us,” Muller said. “When people get in the door we’re looking to make sure they can enjoy themselves.”

The “Nosferatu” concert will be November 1, the day after Halloween.

Another concert to mark on your calendar is January 31, when James Dean Kindle and the Eastern Oregon Playboys will perform with the symphony. It’s been more than five years since the Playboys have joined the symphony, said Kindle, who was recently hired as assistant to the executive director. Kindle said the concert was already being planned before he applied for the symphony position in May.

Along with Kindle, Christina van der Kamp was hired in May as the other assistant to the executive director. She'll be focusing on marketing and media for the symphony.


Contact Craig Garcia at or 541-966-0809

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