Education & Outreach

The Missoula Symphony Association is committed to providing music education to our community. For more information, please contact our Education Coordinator, Sylvia Allen Oman.

Vision statement: That students and their families across the state and region are inspired and resourced for musical endeavors; and that every student who picks up an instrument in the Missoula-area has a connection to the Symphony.

Mission statement: The mission of the Education and Outreach programs shall be to provide music education to our community through shared experiences and performance opportunities.  These shall be presented by highly skilled performers and educators both from our own community and around the world.

Symphony Performances

The Symphony’s Youth and Family Concerts  have been a Missoula tradition for decades. Elementary students from schools all around Missoula attend a free, one-hour Youth Concert performance during their school day.  That same program is presented as a Family Concert suitable for all ages during the following weekend.

In 2023, our annual Youth and Family Concerts  will be based on beloved children’s author Eric Carle’s book, The Mountain That Loved a Bird. This musical adaptation by composer and Pulitzer Prize winner, Caroline Shaw, is a beautiful story of friendship and renewal. Bring your whole family to experience an afternoon of music, education, enchantment, and audience interaction. Tickets for the family concert are not included in season ticket subscriptions. Tickets are $8.00 per person and may be added to your season ticket order.

Make it a full day of music for your family with A Musical Quest at the Missoula Public Library!  At this FREE event (January 28, 10am to 12pm), enjoy a hands-on, interactive musical experience with Symphony musicians as your guides. Grab an interactive map and take a magical journey to learn more about music, musical instruments, and all that the Missoula Public Library offers.  Then join us for the Family Concert at 3pm!

In addition, discounted Masterworks Concert tickets are available for area music students. For more information, please contact Kirsten McGlynn, Patron Services Coordinator.

Symphony Events

FREE programs, specially designed for kids and their families/caregivers.

Library Concert Series

In this collaboration with the Missoula Public Library, Music Director Julia Tai presents mini-concerts in the Library’s Imaginarium. Featuring our musicians and instrument demonstrations! The 2022-23 Library Concert Series is sponsored by the ALPS Corporation.

Wednesday, September 14—String Quartet

Wednesday, November 2—Woodwind Ensemble

Wednesday, March 1—Percussion Duo

Wednesday, April 12—Harp Trio

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Student Night @Dress Rehearsal 

Students and families are invited to join us for the dress rehearsal preceding each Masterworks Concert.  While following along with educational materials, they can watch the Missoula Symphony Orchestra & Chorale rehearse in final preparation for the concert weekend. 

At the start of the rehearsal, Music Director Julia Tai introduces herself and speaks with the students about the purpose and function of a dress rehearsal so that students know what to expect.  Later, during the mid-rehearsal break, Ms. Tai greets students personally and answers questions. The 2022-23 Student Night @Dress Rehearsal series is sponsored by the Bill and Rosemary Gallagher Foundation.

Friday, September 15—Master Works I: Brothers & Sisters

Thursday, November 3—Master Works II: Superheroes

Friday, March 3—Master Works III: Dynamic Duo

Friday, April 14—Master Works IV: War & Peace

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Collaborations

The Symphony collaborates with Missoula County Public Schools to strengthen our educational outreach in K-12 schools. Music Director Julia Tai has worked with the Missoula Youth Symphony during their rehearsals, and members of MYS will be performing alongside the Symphony in the November 2022 Superheroes programs.

Additionally, the Missoula Symphony Orchestra proudly collaborates with other non-profit organizations in our community.  Recently, we have worked with the Montana Natural History Center, the University of Montana, and local theatre director, Rosie Seitz-Ayers.

Montana Suzuki Institute

**We regret to announce that Montana Suzuki Institute 2022 has been cancelled. Check back here in January 2023 for information on future MSI events**

For nearly 40 years, Missoula has hosted the Montana Suzuki Institute each summer. This week-long event offers students an intensive yet fun musical experience. Approved and guided by the principles of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, the Institute also trains and develops teachers in the Suzuki method. These combined activities promote musical and personal growth in young musicians, families, and communities.

To further this mission, the Missoula Symphony Association recently announced the Lamar Blum Scholarship, in honor of the director who led MSI from 2005 through 2019. This scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving student who would benefit from financial assistance to attend the Institute.

Additionally, our local Suzuki teachers offer instruction and performance opportunities all year long, and the MSA is proud to support this MizZuki program! For more information about any of these programs, or to be placed on an email list for upcoming events, please contact our Education Coordinator, Sylvia Allen Oman, at sylvia@missoulasymphony.org.

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