Preludio Strings – Barbara Kirk has always lived a life immersed in music. During high school and college she studied with master violin teacher Creech Reynolds and played in the Bozeman Symphony. She has played in backup orchestras for Red Skelton, Glen Campbell, and Tom Jones to name but a few. She has her bachelors degree in music from MSU-Billings and her masters degree in teaching from Grand Canyon University. She taught elementary music for 22 years in the public schools in Hardin and Laurel. She presently teaches at the Montana Music Institute in Billings in the summer, and plays in the Powell, Bozeman, Billings, and Great Falls Symphonies.
Concert Orchestra – Lindsey Selman grew up in the Yellowstone Valley and has loved music since she was a little girl. She started playing the piano at five years of age, and began lessons on the violin at eleven. She began her orchestra career by playing with the Billings Honor and Honor Chamber Orchestras in middle school, and the Billings Symphony Orchestra in high school. Linsdey attended Heartland Baptist College in Oklahoma, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Church Music, with an emphasis on violin performance and education. Lindsey lives here in Billings with her husband Robert, who is also a violinist and drummer! Lindsey maintains a full studio of violin and piano students, plays with the Billings Symphony and with the Meadowlark String Quartet, and various other musical groups that come her way. She has been a fan of BYOC since it started in 2006 and has both served on the board as an intern and as a mentor in all four orchestras. She is very excited to deepen that relationship this coming season, and especially looks forward to working the Concert Orchestra!
Young Artist Orchestra – Conductor TBD soon.
Repertory Orchestra – Randy Tracy is an accomplished teacher and violinist. He is the Concertmaster of the Billings Symphony, having played with them since 1986. Randy Tracy holds a music degree from Colorado State University, where he studied conducting and violin with Will Schwartz. In New York he studied under Ora Shiran and was in Itzhak Perlman’s class, while playing in the National Orchestral Association at the Juilliard School. He was a member of the Denver Symphony, and served as Concertmaster and assistant conductor of the Casper Symphony. He has been on the faculty of the Red Lodge Music festival since 1989, and performs with the Red Lodge Chamber Players and the Yellowstone Chamber Players. His traditional Celtic band “Glynfiddle” released their first CD in 2002. Mr. Tracy also teaches privately, and his students have won many awards and competitions.
Cantate Chorale – Erin Small is a middle school choir teacher and an elementary general music teacher in Billings, MT. She earned both her master’s and bachelor degrees from Montana State University in Bozeman, and recently became a certified member of the VoiceCare Network. She has had the fortunate opportunity to be a guest conductor for the Eastern Montana Youth Sing children’s choir, and also directed the Rimrock Opera Chorus for Kids for three years. Mrs. Small performs throughout the community with the High Plains Chamber Singers, and has also performed in productions with Venture/Nova Theatre, Prince Theatre, and the Rimrock Opera. Mrs. Small maintains a private voice studio that consists of 8th-12th grade girls, and she enjoys adjudicating both choirs and vocalists from around the state. Mrs. Small continually aspires to choose quality literature for younger choirs that both challenge and inspire ensembles with varying musical experience and ability levels. She believes in providing a quality performing experience for all her students, and aims to cultivate their passion and love for music.
Choralaires – Amy Logan is an active teacher, conductor and performer, Amy Logan is the full time choral director at Skyview High School where she conducts five choirs and two additional ensembles. For seven years she served as Artistic Director and Conductor for the Rimrock Opera Chorus for Kids (ROCK), a choral program she helped to create in 2004. Amy maintains a private music studio, coaching young musicians on voice, clarinet, piano and saxophone. A native of Billings, Amy is a frequent performer within the community. She has appeared in Rimrock Opera productions as Mimi in La Bohème, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Despina in Cosi fan tutte and the title role in Sister Angelica. In addition to her operatic work, Amy has performed at Venture Theatre in such roles as Velma in “Chicago”, Mother in “Ragtime”, Ellen in “Miss Saigon” and more. She often performs with the High Plains Chamber Singers, solos with the Billings Symphony and even plays bass clarinet in the Billings Symphony. Amy holds degrees in Music Education and Performance from the University of Montana.
Accompanist for Cantate Chorale and Choralaires – Lynette Tedlund maintains a piano studio in her home, and teaches general music at Grace Montessori Academy. Lynette has accompanied for Rimrock Opera, and has performed both vocally and pianistically for Venture/Nova and Billings Studio Theatre in such productions as West Side Story, Les Miserables, Guys on Ice, and Church Basement Ladies. Lynette has been the pianist for many Billings groups such as Skyview Choirs, Girls Honor Choir, MSU-B, and Rimrock Opera Chorus for Kids. She has performed vocally as a member of High Plains Chamber Singers, Magic City Singers, and Montana State University Alumni Chorale, with whom she toured Europe in 2012. Lynette is a graduate of Montana State University in Bozeman.