Explore Music!

The BSOC’s Explore Music! community engagement programs reach beyond the stage and into the communities in and around Billings. Our free programs spread the love and joy of music to everyone.

Music heals. Music soothes. Music teaches. Music inspires.


Symphony in the Schools
This exciting program allows school-aged children the opportunity to work alongside the professional musicians of the BSOC. Maestra Anne Harrigan conducts area school bands and orchestras, while the BSOC musicians tell their stories of what it is like to be a professional musician in Montana.

Rural Rhythms
BSOC chamber ensembles perform for residents in rural communities.



Symphony in the Community
Maestra Anne Harrigan and musicians visit local civic and cultural organizations, the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, The Friendship House, and more, to share the joys of symphonic music with everyone.


Adventures in Music Day (AiM Day)
The Billings Public Library hosts this extensive instrument petting zoo the morning of our FREE Family Concert. Children can try any of the large array of instruments while hearing demonstrations from BSOC musicians.


Symphony for Seniors
This amazing program provides music for our greatest generation. By visiting local nursing homes, senior meal sites, and assisted living facilities, the BSOC  musicians are able to help enrich residents’ lives through music.


Symphony Side-by-Side
Local music students and members of the Billings Youth Orchestra are given a unique opportunity to share the stage with our professional musicians.



Remembering the Music
Music helps the mind heal. BSOC musicians help patients in memory care facilities in Billings remember who they once were with interactive music sessions.


Symphony in the Prison
This weekly guitar class at the Montana’s Women’s Prison provides hands-on music education. Inmates learn many life skills to assist them during and after their incarceration. The BSOC also provides instrument petting zoos and quarterly concerts within the prison.

Harmonies that Heal
BSOC musicians share the power of music with patients in pediatric and cancer units in Billings hospitals.