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About the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra and its Mission

With the emergence of folk music, the mandolin regained popularity, and mandolin orchestras have since burgeoned. Today, many U.S. cities have mandolin orchestras, and their presence abroad, which never waned, also continues to grow. The available body of music for mandolin orchestras is vast, ranging from classical to swing to jazz and everything in between.

The Oregon Mandolin Orchestra is partnered with the Glenn and Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro. The Walters Cultural Arts Center is a magnificent facility, borne out of the same ideals as the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra —to nurture the growth of music and art as an integral part of the community.

One of the primary goals of the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra is to provide unique performance and educational opportunities for music enthusiasts of all ages and levels of expertise.

The Oregon Mandolin Orchestra has approximately thirty members and is comprised of mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, and double basses. Within the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra is a smaller group of musicians—the Oregon Mandolin Chamber Orchestra—which rehearses and performs with, as well as separately from, the entire Orchestra, and, occasionally, hosts special guest musicians.

Brian Oberlin, Music DirectorBrian Oberlin, Music Director
Brian brings with him many years of experience as a professional musician, composer, instructor, and now conductor. He has toured the U.S., performing with several different ensembles, and has taught thousands of students to play mandolin. Brian's perspective on music, composing, performing, and teaching is always fresh and full of energy. If you are interested in performing with the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra, contact Brian at .

Brian Oberlin, Music DirectorElizabeth Oberlin, Executive Director
As the Executive Director, Elizabeth administers the management of all human and financial resources of the Orchestra, including marketing, patron/donor relations, fundraising, and advocacy activities. Elizabeth’s goal, in her work with the Orchestra, is to ensure its integrity, its mission, and its growth. If you are interested in becoming involved with any of these aspects of the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra, or if you would like to make a donation, contact Elizabeth at
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