President:  Bill Momogel - Ione OR

V. President: Norma Barber - Ukiah OR

Secretary: Mary Helen Wright - Athena OR

Treasurer: Carolyn Mildenberger - Pendleton OR




Member:  Kaye Garver - Joseph, OR

Member:  Larry Coppock - Adams, OR


Recording Secretary:  Alice Massey – Pendleton, OR


Ralph Werner

Associate conductor, Willow Creek Symphony


Governance is accomplished through a Board of Directors, including representatives from the nine geographic zones of our nine-county service area. Board meetings are held quarterly.

Inland Northwest Musicians is “owned by its membership”. An annual membership meeting is held each June, and all performing members, staff and individuals holding sustaining memberships are eligible to vote on issues at that meeting.

Board Officers

Page updated July 9, 2019

R. Lee Friese

Conductor and Music Director

R. Lee Friese serves as Music Director and Conductor for all ensembles. He has a Master’s degree in both choral and instrumental conducting from Bowling Green University in Ohio. He has over 30 years experience in conducting and in music education. He served as Associate Conductor with the Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth, Texas, Music Director and Conductor for the Walla Walla Symphony, and was Founding Conductor and Music Director of the Oregon East Symphony. Mr. Friese was one of the core founders of Inland Northwest Musicians in 1999.