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Moving Music Forward
For nearly 40 years, the Montana Association of Symphony Orchestras (MASO) has been building community and enriching lives across Montana through the shared enjoyment of orchestral music. Representing seven symphony organizations, MASO exists to connect, enrich, inspire and advance artistic culture in Montana through the power of music.
Founded in 1981, MASO was formed by a steering committee composed of representatives from six of Montana’s symphonies in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, and Missoula. Glacier Orchestra and Chorale in Kalispell later joined in 1984 for a total of seven symphonies. MASO is governed by a board of directors whose voting membership comprises the seven symphonies, each with up to four members on the board. MASO is funded by dues assessed from member orchestras, the Montana Arts Council, the Montana Cultural Trust, D/A Davidson Companies, the Gilhausen Family Foundation, and the sales of “Montana is a Symphony” license plates.
MASO is deeply committed to serving our community by encouraging, promoting, and assisting in the development and maintenance of quality musical programs throughout Montana. It does this by sharing resources, encouraging networking, and supporting orchestras, choirs, professional staff, community volunteers and musicians of all ages. Through our annual education conference, semi-annual meetings and workshops our members are able to network with others, grow professionally, and share in their passion for music. Our bi-annual Young Artist Competition spotlights Montana’s up-and-coming young musicians by offering them a chance to compete for the opportunity to perform with one or more of the state’s orchestras. The competition serves as a scholarship opportunity and professional stepping stone and inspires youth to pursue their dreams.
MASO celebrates Montana’s great history of symphonic music, but is ever preparing for an even greater future through advocacy for the livelihood of our members and for a thriving future for symphonic music and the arts in Montana.
MASO Board of Directors
John Stewart – President
Robert Saunders – Vice President
Eleanor Parker – Secretary
Open – Treasurer
Ignacio Barron Viela – Billings Symphony Executive Director
Allan R. Scott – Helena Symphony Executive Director/Music Director
Lynn Marquardt – Past President
Dylan Dwyer – Executive Director
Kim Hoobler – Music Librarian