Youth Education

“Wild About Music” Youth Concerts

World renowned guest artists, the Glacier Symphony, and ensembles from the GSC perform 50 minute concerts in Kalispell, Whitefish, Bigfork, Somers/Lakeside and Columbia Falls to introduce elementary students to classical music, musical instruments, and composers. Area public and private schools and the Home School Association receive concert information and reservation forms prior to each concert. If you would like to receive regular invitations to the “Wild About Music” concerts, please email your contact information to or call the GSC office at 407-7000. For a form to make reservations please click here

2016 – 2017 Schedule:

  • Friday, September 16, 2016:  Time TBD,  Artist TBD, guitar at FHS and GHS Guitar Classes for Master Class
  • Friday Oct. 14, 2016: 10:00 am Ilya Yakushev, piano at Flathead High School
  • Friday Nov. 18, 2016: 10:00 am Giora Schmidt, violin at Whitefish Middle School
  • Friday Feb. 10, 2017: 9:45 am – Glacier Symphony for 4-6th Graders at Flathead High School in Kalispell and 11:00 – Glacier Symphony for Flathead High Students, Kalispell
  • March 2017 dates TBD Concert at Glacier Gateway/Columbia Falls and Somers Middle School
  • Friday April 7, 2017:  10:00 am Ketevan Kartvilishvili, piano at Whitefish High School


“A Visit from the Symphony”

The newest education program of the GSC! Invite a musician from the symphony or chorale to visit your elementary class and provide a one-two hour program involving music education, familiarization with orchestral instruments and a short performance. This program also involves providing free tickets for students and their parents to attend a full symphony performance. Call 407-7000 today to request this program (dependent on availability of funding).


Montana Association of Symphony Orchestras (MASO) Young Artist Competition (YAC) for 2017

Every two years MASO sponsors a competition for young artists in the state of Montana that want to get experience in competition.  The next competition will be in January 2017 on the campus of Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.  Follow the link to MASO Website.


Children’s Instrument Petting Zoo

The GSC, in partnership with the North Valley Music School offers a hands-on program for school children to get “up close and personal” with instruments of the orchestra. The program allows young children a chance to see, feel, touch, and sometimes play, a variety of instruments.

Contact the GSC office at 406-7000 to schedule a ‘zoo’ session.


Master Classes

Opportunities for young musicians to work directly with guest artists and orchestra members. Information about master classes is sent to area schools and music teachers prior to master classes.


The Glacier Symphony and Chorale will accept applications for a limited number of scholarships to students who have played with the Glacier Symphony for at least 3 concerts during a regular season or who are on the permanent orchestra substitution list, or those who have sung in the Glacier Chorale. In addition, when funds are available, “at-large” scholarships may be provided to outstanding music students, who show exceptional ability but have not yet had the opportunity to perform with the GSC. Scholarships must be used for students to further their musical career through camps, private lessons, or college tuition. Those eligible can be from 9th to 12th grades, including seniors who are graduating.

Download the Scholarship Application for 2017

Outreach Activities

Concert and recital performances for students and adults in outlying communities such as Eureka, Somers, Libby, Plains, Polson, St. Ignatius, Columbia Falls. Includes musical visits to public venues and area nursing homes.