Explore Music!

Our Explore Music! programs reach tens of thousands of children, youth, adults and seniors throughout a single year. By eliminating price and taking the programs to our participants/audience, we are able to reach beyond the stage at the Alberta Bair Theater and into the communities in the greater Billings area.

Annual Family Concerts
The Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale’s annual Family Concert is specifically designed as a fun and engaging introduction to symphonic music. In addition to a free performance in a community outside Billings for students in Carbon and Stillwater Counties a performance is held at the Alberta Bair Theater with family friendly prices.

Lesson Plans are available for music teachers to coordinate classes with the upcoming Family Concert. For more information or questions on current lesson plans, please contact Candy Holzer, BSO&C Education Director at candy@billingssymphony.org or call her at 406-252-3610.

Adventures in Music Day (AiM Day)
Held at the Billings Public Library the morning of our Family Concert, AiM Day offers attendees the opportunity to try out a large array of instruments. They also hear the BSO&C musicians play and are able to meet with them, too.

Symphony in the Park (SiP)
Symphony in the Park (SiP) is the largest production of the Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale. More than 7,000  people attend our FREE annual summer concert. Along with light classical and pops style music, SiP offers an instrument petting zoo and array of local food trucks.

Instrument Petting Zoo
Working mainly with local schools, music stores, and student centered organizations, the BSO&C offers hands-on music education workshops for students K-8. The BSO&C also holds Instrument Petting Zoos at local senior homes and the Montana Women’s Prison.

Concert Cues
Join us at 6:45 p.m. before each season concert for an interactive discussion related to the evenings performance.

Conductor in the Community
Music Director Anne Harrigan  visits with cultural and civic organizations throughout the Billings area.

Conductor in the Schools
Music director Anne Harrigan guest conducts area band and orchestras, helping students in grades 5-12 learn about the commitment, dedication, and determination required to become a professional musicians. She also visits music classes at local colleges.

Internships with the BSO&C  office provides opportunity to gain experience in the field, determine if one has an interest in pursuing a career with the symphony, and gain school credit.

Internships with the BSO&C are awarded to students who pass the double blind auditions held in April of each season. For more audition information, please click here!

Master Classes
Guest artists share their talents and experiences the with BSO&C musicians and area students through these FREE classes.

Musicians in the Schools
Nearly 3,500 youth, grades K-12, and students attending MSU-Billings and Rocky Mountain College, learn about instruments, hear personal stories from the musicians, learn about music as a vocation, and hear the flexibility of instruments through a variety of music genres.

Musicians in the Community
BSO&C musicians use music to begin an open dialogue with students about symphonic music to those attending after school programs. The Boys and Girls Club of Yellowstone County, the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, and Friendship House are just a few after school programs the BSO&C visits each year.

The BSO&C musicians also perform in locations around the Billings area such as the Billings Public Library and the Moss Mansion.

Rural Rhythms
Performances by small ensembles of BSO&C musicians given in community spaces to  residents of rural communities.

Senior Series
BSO&C musicians visit retirement homes, assistant living and memory care facilities, and low income meal sites to perform for senior citizens.

Side by Side
Students are given a unique opportunity to share the stage with our professional musicians. An Example of this is when the BSO&C took Symphony in the Park to Sydney, the local band students were able to play along side of the BSO&C Musicians during the performance. Students can also work with a professional dance troupe during The Nutcracker.