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Touring Orchestra

Student playing cello

August 5, 2016 - August 14, 2016

The Touring Orchestra is a select, auditioned string ensemble allowing high school students from around the world to experience the beauty of Montana through a musical lens.  Open to violin, viola, cello, and piano students (incoming freshman through recent senior), the performance tour includes Bozeman, Chico Hot Springs, Yellowstone Park and Big Sky.  Students will open for and work with Big Sky Classical Music Festival guest artists.   Musicians will perform as an orchestra and chamber groups.

Touring Orchestra Audition Requirements

  • Any major scale (3 octaves, 4 eighth notes per bow/slur, quarter = 72)
  • Any minor scale (3 octaves, quarter notes, quarter = 72)
  • Two contrasting 1-3 minute excerpts from the solo literature

High School Jam

Two girls

August 8, 2016 - August 12, 2016

The High School Jam is open to all local (Bozeman area) high school violin, viola, cello, and bass students (incoming freshman through recent seniors).  The camp will develop performance and communication skills within chamber groups and an orchestra, in a relaxed and fun environment.

High School Jam Recording Requirements

  • Any scale of choice
  • 1-3 minute excerpt of solo playing

This is not an audition, but is necessary to place musicians in chamber groups.



String players performing in lobby
  • Invitation to participate in Big Sky Classical Music Festival Events
  • Master classes with:
    • Big Sky Classical Music Festival Guest Artists
    • MSU School of Music Faculty
  • Chamber and large ensemble performances
  • Faculty Recital


GeyserRegister online by June 1st, 2016 (May 1 for Early Bird rates)

Registration should include:

  • Completed registration form
  • Audition recording
    • Youtube
    • Vimeo
    • Audio file (.mp3 or .wav) via WeTransfer
          If you choose WeTransfer please use link above. It autofills some info for you! You just have to provide your file and email address.
  • $25 non-refundable deposit for Touring Orchestra applications
  • Full tuition payment for High School Jam applications



For payment please send a check to Montana State School of Music at the address below, with Mountains and Minds in the memo line.

P.O. Box 173420

Bozeman, MT 59717 

Cello with a geyser erupting in the background

Touring Orchestra Fees

Early Bird Discount (Register by May 1, 2016): $599 Total

Normal Rate (Register by June 1, 2016): $624 Total

  • $25 nonrefundable online deposit is due with registration
  • Students will be notified of acceptance by June 8, 2016
  • Remaining balance is due on June 15th, 2016 for accepted

The fee covers registration, tuition, meals, housing, transportation on tour, and t-shirt.

High School Jam Fees

Early Bird Discount (Register by May 1, 2016): $99

Normal Rate (Register by June 1, 2016): $124

The fee covers tuition and T-shirt.


  • Trio of female playersAngella Ahn – Violin, Viola
  • Julia Cory Slovarp – Director, Cello
  • Julie Gosswiller – Piano
  • Tobin Stewart - Orchestra 


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