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Hillary Shepherd


As the Executive Director of the Great Falls Symphony, Hillary Shepherd is the driving force behind the organization's success. She orchestrates excellence in music and authentic community connection with expanded program offerings, reaching new heights that sustain this essential cultural cornerstone in Great Falls. 

Hillary's relationship with the Great Falls Symphony spans more than 25 years, with diverse involvements that reflect her enduring commitment to the organization. Her journey began in high school where she was actively involved in the Youth Orchestra program. Over the years, she contributed her own musical talents across Montana as a musician in both the Missoula Symphony and the Great Falls Symphony.

Her academic journey led her to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from the University of Montana, complemented by certifications in Entertainment Management and a Six Sigma Green Belt. Currently, she is on a dual Master’s degree path at the University of Montana, pursuing both an MBA and a Master's in Public Administration, along with a Micro Credential in Nonprofit Management.

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Beyond her professional commitments, Hillary finds joy in cooking, camping, and embracing the beauty of Montana's outdoors. She shares a harmonious, albeit occasionally chaotic, home with her husband and their four young children. Their family is graced by the presence of a Pomeranian named Indiana Bones, a black cat named Seven, a ball python named NightShayde, and several freshwater fish. She's a true Montanan at heart, relishing all that the state has to offer. 

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