The SOR’s 2022-23 University of Montana Talent Scholarship recipient is violinist Alex Crisp from Helena, Montana. He was also the 2020/21 recipient of the University of Montana Talent Scholarship.
In his own words: Hello, I am Alex Crisp from Helena, MT. I have played the violin for eight years. I tried private lessons twice, but did not last for more than a few months with either teacher. As they say, “the third time’s a charm.” Last November, I started taking lessons with Dr. Baldridge and I haven’t stopped yet. During high school, I was the concertmaster of the Capital High Chamber Orchestra for two years. I was also a member of the Helena Youth Orchestra, now known as Ironhorse Youth Conservatorium, for five years and attended its attached summer camp three times. I have attended the UM Summer String Camp and the UM High School All-Star Orchestra once each, and have performed in the Helena Night To Shine event twice. I am very thankful to be a recipient of the SOR Talent Scholarship this year to help pursue my studies of Violin and Classics at UM, and to continue to attend SOR concerts.
The SOR’s 2021/22 Talent Scholarship recipient is violinist Ellie Binnington.
Ellie Binnington is a Violin Performance and Music Education double major at the University of Montana. She is the oldest of four children. Ellie was raised by two musicians, one of whom has taught violin and music for over eighteen years. Ellie has been playing violin since she was three years old. To date, she considers her biggest accomplishments in music to include being the concertmaster for her school’s Chamber Ensemble (2018-2020) and leading her school in Washington’s State Division for her violin solo (2018-20), Small Ensemble (2020), and Large Ensemble Divisions (2018-19). Ellie plans to follow in the footsteps of her parents and teach music in local public schools. However, her lifelong dream is to start her own school in Mazatlán, Mexico to provide music and general education to students in need. As a musician, student, and future teacher, Ellie is honored to be this year’s SOR Talent Scholarship recipient and is grateful for the support that will help her pursue her dreams.
The SOR’s 2019/20 University of Montana Talent Scholarship recipient is violinist Taylor Curry from Great Falls, Montana. Taylor has been playing the violin for eight years and studied privately with SOR violinist Mary Papoulis for the past seven. Throughout middle school and high school, he participated in numerous orchestra camps and classes and was selected as a member of the Montana All-State Honors Orchestra for three years. Taylor has performed with the Great Falls Youth Orchestra for six years, including a seat as Concertmaster. Additionally, he has had the opportunity to play with the Great Falls Symphony as an alternate musician in many concerts. Taylor states, “I greatly appreciate receiving the SOR scholarship and extend my gratitude for their support as I begin my studies at the University of Montana this fall.”
2022/23 Master Class Series sponsored by Stockman Bank
Welcome to our new video project in collaboration with MTPR:
SOR Studio Sessions: MASTER CLASS. This innovative new series features performances by talented string students from UM with expert coaching by musicians of SOR. We hope both students and professionals will find these videos informative and inspiring!
Yours in music, Maria Larionoff, Artistic Director, SOR
2021/22 Master Class Series sponsored by Stockman Bank
Cello Master Class with Amit Peled – September 2021
Viola Master Class with Maria Lambros – November 15, 2019
Catalin Rotaru Master Class was Friday, September 13, in the UM School of Music Recital Hall.
String Orchestra of the Rockies guest Jorja Fleezanis teaches violin masterclass
from the Missoulian April 27, 2019, by Peter Friesen