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.

Montana Suzuki Institute

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, contact our Education Coordinator, Sylvia Allen Oman, at

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