Meet the orchestra- Margaret


How can you not love Margaret, even when she makes you crazy?

A woman of so many talents, even she can’t keep track of them.

Mortal enemy of deadlines everywhere.

Creative and sophisticated graphic artist- she does most of our posters and brochures.

Accomplished and respected composer- we premiered a beautiful work of hers in 2005.

Jazz ensemble director and arranger.

Chair of music department, Blue Mountain Community College

Possibly most abrasive sounding speaking voice in the world.


Accordion player.


Pendleton native- mom is a local piano teacher. Moved back from Cali to look after poorly grandmother and stayed. We’re glad.

Free spirit- even a law unto herself.

Once emailed me to say that next year, she would be “the good Margaret.”

Honest, all the time and true to herself.

Incapable of not talking.

Generous in every sense.

Doctor of Musical Arts in theory and composition

One of the ten funniest people I know.

Did I mention? mortal enemy of deadlines everywhere….

Second clarinet, Oregon East Symphony

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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