Founded in 1950, the Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale (BSOC) serves the Billings, Montana metropolitan area of 130,000+, and surrounding communities in eastern Montana and northern Wyoming. The BSOC is headquartered in downtown Billings and is the only professional symphonic organization within a 130-mile radius. The BSOC celebrates its 71st year of setting the standard for exceptional symphonic performance and community engagement to audiences in a regional population base of 250,000. Billings is a diverse community of 150,000. The annual performance season includes a seven-concert Classic Series, a free Family Concert, three Nutcracker performances with the San Diego Ballet, Symphony in the Park and numerous music education and community engagement activities. In 2019, the BSOC added their Sukin Series, a six-concert series of local, regional and global talent in chamber-style performances. The BSOC performs their Classic Series in the newly renovated Alberta Bair Theater. Other venues include the historic Billings Depot, Babcock Theater, and Lincoln Center. The Billings Symphony also presents concerts to geographically isolated and culturally underserved communities in a re...gion extending from Sheridan, Wyoming to Sidney, Montana. Together with its education and outreach program Explore Music!, the Billings Symphony’s concerts and programs reach 35,000 children, youth, adults and seniors each year.
The 2021-2022 season marks Maestra Anne Harrigan’s 17th season as Music Director. BSOC highlights of the last 3 years include the additions of two new fulltime staff positions; the largest single gift in the organization’s 70-year history, a commercial property in downtown Billings that houses the Symphony’s office and also provides additional revenue from retail tenants; completed a half-million-dollar capital campaign to renovate the donated building; doubled our net assets to over five million dollars; increased the annual operating budget of $1.3 million by over 20%; grew the endowment by over 70%. Prior to the pandemic season, the BSOC saw record-breaking ticket sales. Throughout the last year, the BSOC was one of few orchestras in the US to thrive and produced an 18-week concert broadcast series. With the completion of a $13 million renovation of our main performance hall, the Alberta Bair Theater, the Billings Symphony has entered one of the most exciting periods in its history.