Preludio Strings – Barbara Kirk
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
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 BYO 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!
Repertory Orchestra, Young Artist Orchestra – Randy Tracy
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.
Sue Logan – Repertory Winds
Sue Logan is the principal oboist with the Billings Symphony and Rimrock Opera Orchestras, and she also freelances with other Montana orchestras. She is adjunct faculty at both Rocky Mountain College and MSU-Billings, and maintains a private oboe studio. Ms. Logan has been on the faculty of the Red Lodge Music Festival for the past several years. Her performances with the RLMF and the Yellowstone Chamber Players have been broadcast on NPR’s “Performance Today.” Ms. Logan earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Oboe Performance from the Juilliard School in New York City. Coaching the winds in the Billings Youth Orchestra is a way for her to pass her love of orchestral playing on to the next generation of musicians.