Music at EOU

A degree in music sets the course for a creative and vibrant future

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With our Bachelor of Music, prepare for careers in music therapy, ethnomusicology, music/audio production, performance, composition and music education.

EOU’s 2023 Teacher Excellence Award recognizes a long-time music faculty

EOU’s 2023 Teacher Excellence Award recognizes a long-time music faculty LA GRANDE, Ore. – The 2023 Teacher Excellence Award committee presented long-time Eastern Oregon University (EOU) Professor of Music Peter Wordelman with the distinguished Teacher Excellence Award, recognizing his efforts and outstanding accomplishments in teaching and mentoring both in and out of the classroom. The […]

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There are many ensemble opportunities to get involved with at Eastern Oregon University.

Community Ensembles:

Students may take private lessons in voice, piano, composition, jazz and commercial guitar and bass, saxophone/clarinet, acoustic guitar/banjo, and trumpet. For the beginner, class lessons are also offered in voice, piano, guitar, and African drumming.

Lessons and class lessons are taught by active faculty with expertise in current topics such as Contemporary Commercial Music, Taubman technique, and electronic music. Faculty are active performers both in traditional concert settings and in clubs and festivals.

Alumni include:

Chiharu Iwasaki – Tokyo jazz pianist

Catherine Olson – Portland vocal artist (opera, early music, contemporary music)
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Luke Basile – Tri-Cities, Washington guitarist
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Jesse Jones – Oberlin, Ohio bluegrass recording artist/composer
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Emily Smith Brown – Tri-Cities vocal artist (musical theater, vocal instruction)
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The EOU Music Department Facilities are changing  and adapting to accommodate a more versatile student body.  Our recital hall doubles as a large recording studio, and we have recently added the small recording studio featuring Protools and Logic ProX.  Our Electronic Music Lab, which consists of ten workstations allows us to introduce music sequencing, composing, recording and mixing to all interested students regardless of major.  All of the studios are equipped with digital drums, guitars and keyboards for recording use.  Students interested in music recording, production or songwriting are invited to sign up for MUS 140, the gateway class for anyone using the recording rooms at EOU.  

“Not only did I earn a degree from Eastern Oregon University, I became a member of a wonderfully supportive, engaging community. This community helped me grow as a musician, an educator, and a person. I had great professors in my department, but I also got to know other professors, faculty members, administration, and staff who were all friendly and welcoming. Some of my greatest memories on campus were sitting in someone’s office, sipping a cup of coffee, and discussing the recent choir concert or art exhibit. Student success both during school and post graduation is a priority on campus. The community strives to educate independent, strong individuals. Being a member of the EOU family is not something easily forgotten. Even though I am now living in Vermont, pursuing a Master’s degree in Music Education at Castleton University, I keep in touch with my professors and staff on campus for continued support and advice. My success at Castleton hinges on my time at EOU. Every time someone asks me about my undergraduate university, I am proud to say I was a Mountaineer!”


Caite Debevec, '15
Sitka, Alaska

Scholarship Opportunity

Submit your University Music Award Application by clicking the link below.  Tell us about your musical interests and future musical plans!

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H2O Show

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“The H2O Show” is a fast paced song and dance show where all of the musical themes are based on water. The EOU Chamber Choir and Music Department will present this event guided by Michelle Benton, a long time choreographer/director from Los Angeles.

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