String Orchestra of the Rockies - SOR Montana


May 3, 2016 is your chance to Give Local Missoula
- a 24 hour giving event -
and support your String Orchestra of the Rockies

Next Concert: May 1, 2016

Concert Program
War and Peace – featuring 
Ian Swensen, violin soloist and guest leader

Vitali:  Ciaccona for solo violin & strings (orch. by Respighi)
Prokofiev:  Five Melodies (arr. for solo violin & strings by Joseph Swensen)  
Anton Arensky:  Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky, op. 35
Shostakovich:  Chamber Symphony, op. 110 (arr. from String Quartet #8)

See the 2015/16 Season Program here

Thank you for making SOR's 30th Anniversary season a huge success!

From cellist Amit Peled to Maria Larionoff and Barry Lieberman of The American String Project to an SOR player's reunion season finale concert - the stage was filled with incredible artistry all season long!

Our opening concert will be on Sunday, September 20th, and features musical visionary, innovator, and internationally acclaimed cellist Matt Haimovitz. He will also be opening the University of Montana President’s Lecture Series that same weekend.

The November concert will be an excerpt from Purcell’s famous Baroque opera Dido! and features Kimberly James in the title role along with the UM Women’s Chorus under the direction of David Edmonds. And in May, we will welcome to the stage violin virtuoso Ian Swensen.

Be sure to join us for what is shaping up to be another fantastic season – filled with superb performances. Tickets are on sale now and are handled through GrizTix.
Thank you again for supporting the SOR this season - we look forward to seeing you this season.

String Orchestra of the Rockies Mission Statement

The mission of the String Orchestra of the Rockies is to enhance and enrich the cultural climate of the Montana region by providing classical string music of the highest caliber and to support music education programs for young string players.

About Us

The String Orchestra of the Rockies is raising the curtain on its 31st season! It is the only professional ensemble of its kind in Montana and draws upon the talents of the finest string players in the Big Sky Country.  All SOR members are successful string teachers in addition to their professional performance schedule. This unique 15-member orchestra invites audiences to connect emotionally with them as they treat listeners to music as varied as Montana itself. Members rehearse in a collaborative effort that enables each player to have an impact on the artistic process. Performing without a conductor, they rely upon the individual expertise of the players to create a cohesive, dynamic sound. Many varied world-renowned guest artists have shared the stage with the SOR, resulting in a musical collaboration that is absolutely thrilling for the concert audience. In addition to these exceptional performances, SOR continues its commitment of ‘giving back’ to our community by offering master classes and workshops taught by these fine artists.

Maria Larionoff and Barry Lieberman playing at opposite ends of the SOR concert stage: February 22, 2015


SOR-Sept 21-2014

Amit Peled playing the Pablo Casals’ 1733 Goffriller cello with the SOR September 21, 2014


Dolce Canto and the SOR - April 21, 2013


Andrés Cárdenes with the SOR February 24, 2013

Sept 16, 2012

Sept 16, 2012

Edward Parks singing Largo al factotum from The Barber of Seville - Rossini - September 16, 2012



Tim Fain with the SOR April 15, 2012


Dolce Canto and the SOR together for their 2010 Holiday concert, December 12, 2010

Brett Deubner welcomed by Johan Jonsson and the SOR, May 2, 2010

SOR at U of Montana Recital Hall

The String Orchestra of the Rockies with William Preucil, September 20, 2009

SOR at U of Montana Recital Hall

The String Orchestra of the Rockies on the University of Montana Music Recital Hall stage

SOR-JFT Missoula

The String Orchestra of the Rockies and the Jeni Fleming Trio at the University Theater
University of Montana - December 2006

Wu Man with the SOR - February 21, 2010 - Missoula


SOR Wine Glasses and T-Shirts now available for sale at the concerts

SOR Wine Glasses


String Orchestra of the Rockies in collaboration with the Jeni Fleming Trio

We'll Be Together Again

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We'll Be Together Again - CD



The String Orchestra of the Rockies' all classical CD

Beneath a Northern Sky

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Beneath a Northern Sky


Watch the Silver Anniversary Video Here

Order Tickets at GrizTix Online

Read the 20th Anniversary Story

Through its years of growth, the purposes of the String Orchestra of the Rockies have remained constant:

* To enhance and enrich the cultural climate of the region by providing classical music of the highest caliber.

* To provide resource support to public and private music education programs for Montana's children.

The orchestra has been heard across Montana on network television's "People and Places Under the Big Sky" and throughout the United States on National Public Radio's "Performance Today."

By nurturing Montanans' lives through music, we affirm the goodness of humanity and our infinite capacity to express and perceive beauty.




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