• Volunteer
  • Scholarship Fund
  • Community Impact

Why Support The Symphony?

Since 1954, Western Montanans have eagerly anticipated the Missoula Symphony Association’s concerts, from classical music to our Holiday Pops, Symphony in the Park, Family Concert and annual Youth Concerts for over 2,000 area 4th graders. In recent years, attendance has more than doubled and many shows have sold out!

How Can I Support The Symphony?

No matter how you support the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale – concert sponsorships, program ads, event marketing or a tailored plan – you enjoy valuable recognition and benefits.

Play A Part In The Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale

The Missoula Symphony Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, federal tax ID #81-0290730. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.

Note: Click on the Donate Now button below and you will be taken to the Missoula Symphony Donor Login page. Here you can login with your existing username and password or create a new account.

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Why Volunteer

Volunteering for the MSA is a meaningful way to support our organization. Your involvement helps us provide profound musical experiences for our community and region. Volunteering is also a great way to have fun, meet great people, and listen to great music!

Benefits of Volunteering

In addition to feeling great about playing your part in making the music happen, our volunteers often have access to select performances and rehearsals at which they are working. This is dependent upon the volunteer position, timing, and space available at the event or concert. Also, we end each concert season with an appreciation party to thank our volunteers and celebrate their hard work and effort. This is also when we recognize and present the Volunteer of the Year Award!


Want To Play Your Part?

Please complete the following form to let us know how you want to get involved. Check the box of any or all of the areas in which you are willing to help.

Concert Greeters and Ushers:

Greeters and Ushers are a vitally important aspect to each concert as they are the face of the Symphony as patrons enter and exit the theater. These volunteers pass out programs, take tickets, and show patrons to their seats.

Gift Kiosk:

We have a Gift Kiosk located in the lobby of the Dennison Theatre at each of our concerts with a wide variety of Symphony items available for patrons to purchase before each concert and during intermission. These volunteers sell gift items to patrons.

Special Event Assistance:

We hold several special events throughout the year. Symphony in the Park is our largest event. This annual free concert in Caras Park brings together over 5,000 community members on the second Sunday of August every year and requires the help of approximately 25 volunteers. We can also use volunteer assistance for several other fundraisers, parties, concerts and other events large and small throughout the year.

Office Assistance:

The MSA office is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, aside from the lunch hour, all year long, with an administrative staff of just 2.5 FTE. Office volunteers assist with a wide variety of office tasks when additional hands are needed.

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The Missoula Symphony Scholarship Fund

Continuing the grand tradition of the Missoula Symphony Guild, the Missoula Symphony Scholarship Fund is dedicated to providing scholarships for outstanding University of Montana music students who play in the Missoula Symphony Orchestra or sing in the Missoula Symphony Chorale. This year, the Missoula Symphony Association will award a total of $6,500 in scholarships to five talented young musicians. This commitment is possible thanks to the generosity of our Scholarship Fund donors. Every penny contributed to the Scholarship Fund goes directly to scholarships.

Become a Member

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2017-18 Scholarships

  • The Florence Reynolds Scholarship

    • Named for an outstanding woman who shared her musical talent and other energy with the Missoula Symphony Association for many years, this scholarship is awarded to a U.M. undergraduate or graduate music major with exceptional talent on a string instrument who is a regular member of the orchestra.

    • 2017-18 Recipient: Britta Thomas, violin
  • The Past President Scholarship

    • Named in honor of those women who have given their time and energy as President of the Missoula Symphony Guild through the years, this scholarship is given to an undergraduate or graduate music major who is a regular member of the orchestra. This scholarship is normally awarded for a two-year period.

    • 2017-18 Recipient: Carlos Santos, violin/viola
  • The Virginia Vinal Scholarship

    • Upon the occasion of the Symphony’s 60th Anniversary, this scholarship is named in honor of Virginia Vinal, the longest-serving member of the orchestra, and her dedication to music and community. This scholarship is normally awarded for a two-year period.

    • 2017-18 Recipient: Kelaiah Horat, violin
  • The Joseph Henry Scholarship

    • Named in honor of our Music Director Emeritus, who retired in 2007 after 21 years as Music Director of the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, this scholarship is given to an undergraduate or graduate music major who is a regular member of the orchestra or chorale.

    • 2017-18 Recipient: Haley Owens, bass
  • The Donald Carey Scholarship

    • Named in honor of our past Chorale Director, who retired in 2006 after 18 years in his post, this scholarship is given to an undergraduate or graduate music major who is a regular member of the orchestra or chorale.

    • 2017-18 Recipient: Dillon Johns, bass
  • The Lorraine Andrie Prize

    • Not a scholarship, but a cash prize, this award is given at the final concert of each season to a U.M. graduating senior who has been a truly outstanding and dedicated member of the orchestra. Named for one of the founding leaders of the Guild, the winner of the Lorraine Andrie Prize is voted on by the U.M. music faculty with recommendations made by the MSA Music Director.

    • 2018 Recipient: Britta Thomas, cello

Community Impact

"Youth Concerts"

Youth Concerts

"Family Concert"

Family Concert

"Symphony in the Park"

Symphony in the Park

"Outreach & Education"

Outreach & Education