Join the Great Falls Youth Orchestra  or Sinfonia program

The Great Falls Youth Orchestra Program provides two ensemble experiences: Sinfonia (an intermediate strings-only orchestra) and the Youth Orchestra (an advanced full orchestra). Both ensembles require students to audition for placement and rehearse weekly on Sundays from September to November and January to March. Concerts are performed in November and March.

The next round of auditions for Youth Orchestra and Sinfonia are April 28, 2021

All potential members must submit an application to the link below. 

Sinfonia auditions:  please contact the Great Falls Symphony office at (406) 453-4102 or email Education Programs Manager Angela Costley to sign up for your audition slot.

Youth Orchestra auditions:  please submit your video audition to the link below.


Scroll down for instrument-specific links to access audition requirements.  

Youth Orchestra

(full orchestra)

The Youth Orchestra consists of the most advanced string, woodwind, brass, and percussion high school students in north-central Montana. Audition requirements similar to the Montana All-State auditions. Students are required to take music lessons and participate in their school band or orchestra program (if available).

Click here for a list of private teachers.

Conductor: Grant Harville
Rehearsals: Sundays, 4:00 - 5:30 pm at the Mansfield Theater
Tuition: $110/semester or $200/year if paid before October 31st.

Click here for Application and Membership Policies.


(strings-only orchestra)

Sinfonia is a strings-only orchestra for intermediate string players. This group practices the fundamentals of large ensemble playing while focusing on the mastery of listening, following, and leadership. Students need to have studied their instruments for at least 2 years and are required to participate in their school orchestra program (if available). Private lessons are strongly recommended, but not required for Sinfonia participation.  

A list of private teachers can be found here.


Conductor: Ms. Sarah Schaeffer
Rehearsals: Sundays, 2:30 - 3:30pm at the Mansfield Theater
Tuition: $85/semester or $150/year if paid before October 31st.


Click here for Application and Membership Policies.

Sinfonia Audition Materials