String Orchestra of the Rockies - SOR Montana


SOR is pleased to announce our 30th Anniversary Concert Series

“Cello-brate” with Amit Peled
Sunday, September 21, 2014
University of Montana - Music Recital Hall - 7:30 pm

String Bling ~ SOR Concert Favorites
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Featured concert of the UM High School Orchestra Festival
University of Montana - Music Recital Hall - 7:30 pm

“Death and the Maiden” featuring Maria Larionoff, violin, and Barry Lieberman, double bass, of the American String Project
Sunday, February 22, 2015
University of Montana - Music Recital Hall - 7:30 pm

Barroco! ~ 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert / SOR Players Reunion
Sunday, May 10, 2015
University of Montana - Music Recital Hall - 3:00 pm


Message from Magda Chaney - president of the SOR Board

As the String Orchestra of the Rockies enters into its 30th season and prepares for its 30th anniversary in 2014-2015, I know you will believe me when I say that both will be fantastic. When has SOR ever let us down? With two phenomenal guest artists appearing this season and many as of yet undisclosed attractions for the big 30th, we are all in for an exciting ride.  

Milestones call for a reflection and here is what I have been pondering.  What does SOR mean to me?  SOR, String Orchestra of the Rockies, the only professional string orchestra in Montana, making music of unusual beauty for so many years. SOR, the acronym that in my mind also stands for the following: S for sublime, O for outstanding, R for rare. Sublime as in the quality of the music we hear from the stage four times a year. Outstanding as in the musicians, local, and from around the state who have travelled  thousands of miles over the years to perform for us. Rare as in it is rare than an orchestra has found and secured such a firm place in a community and in people’s hearts. R also stands for razem, a word in my native Polish.   

Razem means together.  As in, we’re in it together. The orchestra, masterfully playing beautiful music. SOR board members, selflessly working in its support.  SOR coordinator, Val Young, without whose devoted and excellent work the orchestra would not be where it is today. Host families, generously extending their hospitality to out-of-town players. Friends of SOR, providing the delicious intermission punch in an elegant setting at the concerts. Florists that make the stage look festive. SOR’s excellent webmaster, Michael Wilder, making sure it is connected to the world. Writers, graphic artists, printers, caterers, ushers, stage managers, whose time and work are invaluable.

But the picture is not complete without the SOR audience and friends, whose generosity and steadfast following sustains and supports the orchestra. Thank you for your love and support throughout the years.  The beauty of the music and the artistic collaboration on stage result in the delight of the audience and that unites us all in an exhilarating musical experience of each concert.  That delight helps our souls SO(a)R - I mean SOR - to extraordinary heights.  Please tell me what SOR means to you: .  I would love to hear from you and share it with the orchestra.  I hope you enjoy this wonderful season.

My warm regards,  Magda Chaney
Magda Chaney


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 29th 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.


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

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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