About Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale

The Mission of the Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale

Founded as the Billings Symphony Society in May of 1951, the organization’s mission is to enrich lives through music. Today that mission remains the driving force behind the Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale (BSO&C).

This season, Music Director Anne Harrigan, along with the 135+ members of the BSO&C will present an annual season from September through June, featuring six subscription concerts, two special chorale performances of Timeless Light, three performances of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet, New Year’s Eve with Collin Raye, our annual Family Concert, violist Ann Roggen at First Congregational Church, and our free Symphony in the Park concert.

Each season, the BSO&C performs for tens of thousands people throughout south central and eastern Montana and northeastern Wyoming, and help introduce music to children, youth, adults, and seniors through Explore Music!, the BSO&C’s music education and community engagement program.

2015 – 2019 Strategic Plan

Over the course of a year, the Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale developed a new strategic plan.  This document will guide our organization over the next five years with six key initiatives.

At the core of our strategic plan is our mission – To enrich lives through music – and the six initiatives are focused on supporting the mission.  First and foremost is our programming: (1) to perform the highest quality music in the region and (2) to develop new and broader audiences through Explore Music and other outreach efforts.  We are dedicated to be a community resource.  However, none of this occurs in a vacuum.  From there, we must (3) engage, maintain, and expand our family of supporters as well as (4) build the visibility of the Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale.  By growing our profile and attracting increased support, we will (5) generate adequate revenue to make BSOC’s Strategic Initiatives possible.  In parallel with these efforts, the organizational will grow and become more sophisticated in all aspects; thus we will (6) increase the organization capacity.

To achieve these initiatives, the strategic plan further details specific goals, milestones, and metrics.  To learn more about the plan and our future ambitions, please read the full document: BSOC-_15-Strategic-Plan-final