Billings Youth Orchestra

Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it in Billings, Montana's Trailhead.



The BYO was established in September 2006 to improve the range and quality of orchestral opportunities for Billings’ youth. 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 kids and students from outlying rural schools. Scholarships are available.

To sustain a high quality program while keeping tuition low, we rely on generous financial support from our community. This includes grants, corporate sponsorships, and private donations.

Since its inception, the BYO has expanded rapidly, creating a comprehensive program of orchestral education. Currently we have four orchestras, tailored for a broad range of abilities, from very young beginners to advanced high school and college students. As BYO members improve their skills, they advance from one orchestra to the next. At the highest level, we strive to prepare students for membership in a professional orchestra such as the Billings Symphony. To conduct and inspire our most advanced students, we are fortunate to have Shuichi Komiyama, who also directs the MSU Symphony in Bozeman. He is a highly respected international conductor, as well as an Emmy Award winning composer.

Each season commences with a September retreat, and includes two major concerts at the Alberta Bair Theater, as well as several other local performances. We also present educational outreach tours, performing in rural Montana schools.

The Billings Youth Orchestra is already 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.

Mailing Address

PO Box 80842
Billings, MT 59108

Street Address



(406) 248-2200



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