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Education & Outreach

Youth Programs

The Missoula Symphony Orchestra is committed to providing music education to our community. In addition to our annual Youth and Family Concerts we are working 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 invites any student interested in music, to contact our office for discounted student tickets or, purchase them online. For more information contact Kirsten McGlynn, Patron Services Coordinator.

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

This year we are excited to announce that the Missoula Public Library Foundation is our partner for our Youth and Family Concert, Once Upon a Symphony! Stay tuned for exciting news about fun and informative music education activities at the Missoula Public Library Foundation, leading up to these concerts. The composer, James Stephenson, is coming to Missoula to participate in this partnership and we are thrilled to welcome him to our community.

Learn about this year's Youth/Family Concert, Once Upon a Symphony here.

Student Night at Dress Rehearsal

The Missoula Symphony Association invites all music students in our community to join us at Student Night at Dress Rehearsal - preceding each of our masterwork concert weekends. Students and their families are provided a free “ticket” to dress rehearsal, where they can watch the Missoula Symphony Orchestra & Chorale rehearse in final preparation for the concert weekend.

Our Education Coordinator, Sylvia Oman, develops program notes especially suited for younger audiences.  This educational handout highlights key aspects describing the orchestral and chorale works and includes at least one activity for student to engage in, while listening to the rehearsal.

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.

Music is a shared experience, and we believe that young people learn it best through a well-rounded musical education, including not only traditional music classes and/or private lessons, but also live, in-person events presented by highly skilled performers within their own community. For more information, please contact our Education Coordinator, Sylvia Allen Oman.

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Montana Suzuki Institute

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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