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About WVMA

The Wallowa Valley Music Alliance is a non-profit corporation formed in the spring of 2004 by a small group of musicians and educators in Wallowa County, located in the northeastern corner of the state of Oregon.

Our Mission

The corporation is for public charitable and educational purposes.  The purpose of the Wallowa Valley Music Alliance is to foster the growth of music communities in Wallowa County, Oregon, and throughout the rural inland Northwest, including eastern Oregon, eastern Washington, Idaho, and western Montana, by connecting music educators with students, and encouraging a widening participation in music of all genres, with particular emphasis on youth education but also including lifelong music education for all demographics.

Our Programs

 

Musical Expressions for Youth—A program designed to fill the gap in Wallowa County’s public school system with regard to music education. Drawing from our community’s diverse pool of musicians and educators, the Music Alliance is developing a faculty that provides creative and exciting music educational experiences for our youth, both in the schools and at our own facility.  Ongoing since January of 2005.

Lifetime Music Workshops—Educational programs for all ages, focusing on the enjoyment of music and expanding musical horizons. The Music Alliance helps facilitate workshops based on the needs and desires of the community, taking advantage of local resources as well as calling on the talents of musicians or bands who may be touring our region.

Recurring workshops include Wallowa Fiddle Tunes Camp, held the second week in July at Wallowa School campus. This family-oriented week-long camp focuses on traditional fiddle tunes and dance, and has run continuously every summer since 2005.

Musicians Referral Database—a work in progress: a comprehensive directory of Wallowa County musicians, music educators, performance venues, and rehearsal spaces.

“The Woodshed”—A place for those in our community to gather to enjoy music, to play, sing, listen, encourage, support, teach, share, and create, in a safe and friendly environment. The modest house also serves as lodging for touring musicians.

NewsletterThe Music Alliance publishes a free quarterly newsletter, The QuarterNote, featuring information about musical events in our community. We also distribute a monthly music events update via email.

Community Outreach – The Music Alliance often coordinates music for special events in our area, such as the Watershed Festival, Wallowa Valley Festival of the Arts, Youth Arts Festival, and more.

The Courthouse Concert Seriesfree and open to the public every Thursday during the summer months. Drawing from local and regional talent, the Music Alliance presents a wide variety of music all summer long on the gazebo stage at the Wallowa County Courthouse in Enterprise, Oregon. Funding assistance is provided by the City of Enterprise and other community organizations. The concert series has been running since the summer of  2006.

Tunesmith Night—a monthly showcase of original music presented in a listening atmosphere by the songwriters themselves. Participating artists come from around the northwest and beyond, and always include local talent. Tunesmith Night has been running since fall of 2006.

Juniper Jam – The sweetest little music festival in Eastern Oregon–began in 2009 and has become one of the community’s best loved events, bringing music lovers from all neighboring states to Enterprise for a full day of all-original live music on two stages, kids’ activities, art, local food and drink– all at the county fairgrounds on Saturday of Labor Day Weekend.

Joseph Mountain Jubilee – (2015) Presenting original local, regional, and national roots music Fourth of July weekend. Joseph Mountain Jubilee was founded in 2012 by festival director Tammy Kruger and features a variety of live music at several locations in beautiful downtown Joseph, Oregon.

Old-Time Community Dance is held on the third Saturday of the month at various Wallowa County venues including local grange halls and the Odd Fellows hall in Enterprise. Led by organizer and former WVMA board chair, Laura Skovlin, this family-friendly event celebrates the tradition of old-time dancing to a live string band and dance caller.

Music on the Mountaintop—The WVMA provides booking service to Wallowa Lake Tramway’s Summit Grill for afternoon entertainment atop Mt. Howard via the tram.

 

OTHER

The Music Alliance directs a portion of all general contributions to a Scholarship Fund for distribution to local music students seeking private music instruction in Wallowa County. We also produce a quarterly newsletter, “The QuarterNote,” which is mailed to 300 subscribers in our area. At the beginning of each school year, we donate Recorders to Fourth-graders in the public school districts of Wallowa, Joseph and Enterprise.