In this pre-orchestra training ensemble, participants learn the basics of performing in an orchestra, including how to sit while playing, to follow the conductor, and to play basic mixed ensemble repertoire. There is a focus on developing music reading skills to ensure future orchestral success. Conductor: Barbara Kirk
Overall, Members have played for two or more years, developed note reading skills, and demonstrate good tone and intonation. The repertoire selected for this ensemble mostly remains in first position. Advanced beginners will be challenged to play some parts in higher positions under supervision of the director. Conductor: Lindsey Selman
Musicians in this ensemble are developing musical artistry and advanced technical skills. Members play comfortably in higher positions, use vibrato, and play more complicated key signatures and rhythms. Players are developing skills that are comparable to performing in Montana All-State Orchestra. Interim Conductor: Sam Carl
Members play at high technical and musical levels, and the audition requirements are comparable to the Montana All-State Orchestra. Guest artists are brought in on a regular basis to provide varied insight into performing at a professional level. Students in this orchestra have the opportunity to participate in our biennial New York City Tour. Conductor: Randy Tracy
This is BYO’s newest group and began in 2017. It consists of woodwinds and brass instruments that typically participate in an orchestra. Students who join are expected to be a soloist in this orchestra, since orchestral woodwind and brass positions are limited. They are trained by the Principal Oboe of the Billings Symphony and Julliard trained, Sue Logan. During the season, the students play chamber music along with playing in the Repertory Orchestra.
It’s a great summer activity directed by Barb Kirk and Lindsey Selman. The fiddle group performs at local events like Moss Mansion Springfest, Strawberry Festival, Yellowstone Art Museum Summer Fair, Montana Zoo, and Tippet Rise. They play fiddle tunes from beginning tunes to advanced to accommodate all levels.