Orchestras and Chorale

Preludio Strings

Preludio Strings is designed for young string musicians with approximately one year of playing experience and minimal note reading ability. In this “pre orchestra” training ensemble, participants learn the basics of performing in an orchestra, such as how to sit while playing, following the baton, and playing basic mixed ensemble repertoire. There is also a focus on developing music reading skills to ensure future orchestral success. Conductor: Barbara Kirk


Concert Orchestra

Concert Orchestra is the BYOC’s next level orchestra. Members have generally played for two or more years, have developed note reading skills, and play with good tone and intonation. The repertoire selected for this ensemble generally remains in first position, although advanced beginners will be challenged to play some parts in higher positions. Conductor: Lindsey Selman


Young Artists Orchestra

Young Artists Orchestra is geared towards the intermediate string, player. Musicians in this ensemble are developing musical artistry, as well as more advanced technical skills. String players play comfortably in higher positions, are developing or using vibrato, and can play more complicated key signatures and rhythms. Players are developing skills that are comparable to performing in competitive junior national level or Montana All-State Orchestra. Interim Conductor: Randy Tracy


Repertory Orchestra

Repertory Orchestra is our most advanced group. Members play at high technical and musical levels, and the audition requirements are similar to the Montana All-State Orchestra. Regional conductors and master musicians are brought in on a regular basis to provide varied insight into performing at a professional level. Conductor: Randy Tracy


Montana Fiddle Club

Montana Fiddle Club is a program sponsored by BYOC made up of Billings area students who gather to play fiddle music. It’s a great summer activity directed by Barb Kirk and Lindsey Selman. The fiddle group performs at local events like Moss Mansion Springfest, Strawberry Festival, Yellowstone Art Museum Summer Fair, Montana Zoo, and Tippet Rise. They play fiddle tunes from beginning tunes to advanced to accommodate all levels.


Cantate Chorale

Cantate Chorale is a treble choir for developing voices – approximately ages 10-14. The ensemble provides an opportunity to further vocal and musical skills, including music reading and independent part singing. This chorus is designed to challenge young singers while cultivating their passion for quality music and singing. Conductor: Erin Small, Accompanist: Lynette Tedlund


Choralaires

Choralaires is an advanced vocal ensemble for developed voices – approximately ages 14-18, who are taking private vocal instruction or are already involved in an organized choir program. Repertoire of the highest quality will be chosen to challenge singers and to encourage individual and ensemble growth. Conductor: Amy Logan Accompanist: Lynette Tedlund