The Montana State University Summer Music Conservatory is an auditioned group of high school musicians who experience the beauty of Montana while on a concert tour. It is open to violin, viola, and cello (incoming high school freshmen through recent seniors.) Students work intensively as a full ensemble and in chamber groups on the MSU campus before a six-day tour of Bozeman, Chico Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, and Big Sky. In Big Sky, the group works closely with guest artists from the Big Sky Classical Music Festival and opens for one of the Festival concerts. Recent guest artists include Matt Haimovitz, Rachel Barton-Pine, Ana Vidovic, Mary Bowden and the Mambo Kings. The 2018 tour will take place from August 3rd to August 12th 2018

Please contact camp director Mary Kothman at if you have any additional questions.

Audition Requirements

  • Any major scale: 3 octaves, four slurred sixteenth notes per bow, quarter = 72
  • Any minor scale: 3 octaves, detaché, quarter = 72
  • Two contrasting 2-3 minute excerpts from the standard literature (sonata, concerto, solo). Piano accompaniment not required.


Early Registration Discount (Register by April 1st, 2018): $620 total

Register by June 1st, 2018: $645 total

  • $25 nonrefundable deposit is due with registration
  • Musicians will be notified of acceptance via email by June 8th, 2018
  • Remaining balance due by June 15th, 2018

Registration covers tuition, meals, housing, transportation on tour, and a t-shirt.

Please mail checks to: 
School of Music
Montana State University
P.O. Box 173420
Bozeman MT 59717-3420


Register online by May 25th, 2018 (April 1st for Discount) by filling out the google form on the bottom of the page. In addition to the form please also include the following items:

  • Completed registration form (follow link below)
  • Recording (MP3 or YouTube link)
  • $25 deposit
  • Full tuition upon acceptance (by June 15th)

Register Here


Camp Faculty 

Mary Kothman

Mary Kamack Kothman

Mary is an adjunct professor of music at Montana State University, assistant concertmaster of the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra, member of the String Orchestra of the Rockies and the Big Sky Classical Music Festival and has performed with the Billings Symphony Orchestra. Before moving to Bozeman, she was the concertmaster of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra for thirteen years and an adjunct professor of violin at Taylor University and Ball State University. In Indiana, Mary performed frequently with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, as well as doing studio recordings across the state. Mary is a former member of the Austin Symphony and has also performed with the Royal Orchestra, Stockholm, the San Diego Symphony and the Naples Philharmonic. She has served on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Camp and is the former conductor of the Beginning Strings Orchestra of the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra. Mary holds a BM and MM in violin performance from the University of Texas at Austin where she studied with Vincent Frittelli.

Angella Ahn

Angella Ahn 

Professor of Violin and Viola at Montana State University, is a member of the acclaimed Ahn Trio, comprised of Angella and her sisters Lucia (piano) and Maria (cello). The Juilliard-trained trio has been hailed by the LA Times as "exacting and exciting musicians." Their unique approach to classical music has taken them to Buenos Aires' Teatro Colon, Vienna's Musikverein, New York's Lincoln Center, Leipzig's Gewandhaus, Beijing's Concert Hall, Istanbul's Aya Irini in Topkapi Palace, and to over 30 countries and every state in America. In 2008, the trio was the only classical group invited to perform at the iTunes Festival; in 2010, they performed for the prestigious TEDTalks; and in 2011, President Obama invited them to perform at the White House. Angella plays a 2013 violin made especially for her by renowned luthier Sam Zygmuntowicz of Brooklyn, New York.



Julia Cory Slovarp

Julia Slovarp

Julia teaches Cello at Montana State University.  She frequently presents chamber programs, as well as performing with the Intermountain Opera Company, Montana Ballet Company, and Bozeman Symphony Orchestra.  Dr. Slovarp holds degrees from Indiana University (Bachelor and Masters) and the University of Texas at Austin (Doctor of Musical Arts), and has completed Suzuki and Mark O’Conner Teacher Training.  She is the Artistic Director of Noon Notes at the Library (a chamber music series under the auspices of the Montana Chamber Music Society), co-director of the annual MSU Cello Festival, and faculty for the MSU Mountains and Minds summer music program.  She has served as faculty for the Longhorn and Red Lodge Music Camps, performed with the Columbus, Laredo, Round Rock, Temple, Terre Haute, and Waco Symphonies, and the String Orchestra of the Rockies.  She is an active member of ASTA, NAfME, and the Suzuki Association, and is on the Arts Without Boundaries board of directors.  Dr. Slovarp frequently performs chamber music, collaborates with dancers and painters, has worked with touring groups such as Cirque du Soleil and Willie Nelson, and in 2013 led the MSU Cello Ensemble on a concert tour of Spain and Morocco. She has studied with cellists including Emilio Colón, Janos Starker, Bion Tsang, and Tsuyosi Tsutsumi.