The Mission of the Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale
Since the first concert of The Billings Symphony Society in 1951, the organization’s mission has been to enhance the quality of life in this part of the Rocky Mountain Northwest by offering musical enlightenment and intellectual stimulation to traditional audiences, as well as those who are geographically isolated, economically challenged and culturally underserved.
Today, 61 years later, that mission remains the driving force behind The Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale (BSO&C), the only symphonic orchestra and chorale serving a regional population of 400,000 people located throughout south central Montana and northeastern Wyoming. The 135+ members of the BSO&C present an annual season from September through June, featuring six subscription concerts, two live performances of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker with a renowned ballet company, a New Year’s Eve event, multiple performances of a Family Concert and a free Symphony in the Park pops-style concert.
Each season, The BSO&C performs for more than 35,000 people and introduces children, youth, adults, and seniors around the region to symphonic music and the performing arts through Explore Music!, its music education and community engagement program, comprised of 15 individual programs.