Established in 2006, the Billings Youth Orchestra is now the premier orchestral experience for talented young musicians throughout the Billings area. It is a privately funded, non-profit organization, modeled after similar youth orchestras found across the country. The program is open by audition to all area students, from preschool to college, including home schooled students and students from outlying rural schools.
Since its inception, the BYO has expanded rapidly, creating a comprehensive program of orchestral education. With four orchestras, the BYO provides a comprehensive orchestral education for students from kindergarten to college. As BYO members improve their skills, they advance from one group to the next. At the highest level, we strive to prepare students for membership in college level and professional orchestras, such as the Billings Symphony and Chorale.
The Billings Youth Orchestra is becoming a magnet for the best young musicians in our region. Considering the talent and dedication of those musicians (and their conductors), and the enthusiastic support of our community, the BYO is destined to become a source of civic pride for Billings, and a core cultural institution for this part of Montana.