Youth Education

“Youth Music Experience” Youth Concerts

World-renowned guest artists, the Glacier Symphony, and ensembles from the GS perform 50minute 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 “Youth Music Experience” YME concerts, please email your contact information to or call the GS office at 407-7000. For a form to make reservations please email

2018 – 2019 Schedule:

  • Friday, October 12, 2018:  10:00 am, violinist William Hagen with pianist TBA at Flathead High School

  • Friday, February 15, 2019: 10:00 am, pianist Andrew Staupe, location TBA

  • Friday, April 26, 2019: 10:00 am, pianist Scott Cuellar  at Flathead High School

“A Visit from the Symphony”

The newest education program of the GS! 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 2019

Every two years MASO sponsors a competition for young artists in the state of Montana who want to gain experience in music competition.  The next competition will be January 12, 2019 on the campus of Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.  Follow the link to MASO Website.

Children’s Instrument Petting Zoo

The GS, 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 GS office at 406-7000 to schedule a ‘zoo’ session.

Master Classes

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


The Glacier Symphony, Orchestra 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 GS. 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.

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.

Discover Music with Free Student Tickets

Share the joy of classical music with a youth!

In our 2018-19 season there are 4 opportunities to experience live classical music: 

  • October 14, 2018 “Passion Play” with violinist William Hagen.

  • November 18, 2018 “Paradise Garden” with guitarist Marcin Dylla

  • February 17, 2019, “Romancing the Soul” with pianist Andrew Staupe

  • April 26-28, 2019 with the orchestra, chorale and Scott Cuellar, piano

Family tickets are $15 tickets for adults in Tier 4 at the Flathead High School performances. For that price, you could even splurge and bring your neighbors with their children!