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  • Fundraising Info
  • Reasons to Give
  • Fundraising Incentives
  • Top Fundraisers

Minimum Amount

Every rider is responsible for raising at least $75 in donations. If you do not want to solicit donations, you may make the donation yourself when you register or we’ll collect it from you when you check in for the ride.

Donation Form

To collect check or cash donations, use this pledge and donation form and turn in with your checks/cash when you check in for the ride (or any time before the ride). Your donors may also send their donation directly to the Symphony office, just be sure they indicate your name on their check.

Online Fundraising

The easiest way to collect funds is to set up an online donation page. Simply visit our Firstgiving page, click on the “FUNDRAISE” button and follow the directions to set up your personalized page. Once your page is set, be sure to send the link to your family and friends through email and social media channels.

The Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale impact and inspire 10,000 people every year.

  • The Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale’s regular season includes 10 concerts annually, contributing to the vibrant cultural community in the area, and touching on average 1,000 people per concert. Our education and outreach programs impact children, seniors, and everyone in between.
  • Outreach & Education

    The Missoula Symphony Association takes a holistic approach to Outreach and Education. Not only do we visit school music classrooms, but we visit history and science classrooms and read books to early grades. We visit rural schools across the region, some that have orchestra programs, most that don’t. Our Music Director teaches classes for adult and continuing education programs and our Executive Director lectures regularly for the Venue & Event Management program at The University of Montana. And, local service clubs are treated to presentations from the Missoula Symphony Association several times a year. Our Outreach and Education programs reach out to our entire community and region.

    Outreach & Education
    Outreach & Education
    Outreach & Education
    Outreach & Education

    “The MSO is a major force in the cultural life of Missoula, not only through its concerts but in many other ways as well. For several years, the Montana Osher Lifelong Learning Institute has been treated to a wonderful series of special lectures that reflect Darko's infectious enthusiasm, passion and knowledge. The MSO is a treasure for us all.”

    Herbert Swick

    “Darko has excited young students with age-appropriate and relevant lessons about his profession and made symphony music interesting through his humor and infectious passion for this art form. He has been in my classroom and has brought my students to the stage to see live performances. Now these students listen with more intent to classical music examples I present in class and offer up their own insight and ask intriguing questions that demonstrate a deeper hunger for knowledge of orchestral music.”

    Renie Gibson, music teacher at Rattlesnake Elementary School

    “Downbeat DownLow is so interactive because Darko encourages audience participation by asking questions. I learn something every time I go.”

    Missoula Symphony Patron

The Family and Youth Concerts inspire, entertain and educate the youth of our community, and for most it’s their first exposure to orchestral music.

  • The MSO puts on the fun and fabulous Family Concert every year—and what people may not realize is earlier on that same day, 2,000 fourth graders get bussed in from all over the region—from as far as St. Regis, Ovando and Philipsburg—as well as all the Missoula kids, for two Youth Concerts. For most of these children, this is the first time they’ve been exposed to orchestral music of any kind. For decades, the MSO has offered these concerts for just $1 per student, so every child has an opportunity to attend.
  • Youth Concerts

    Every year, the Missoula Symphony Orchestra performs two Youth Concerts for thousands of children from approximately 40 different schools from all across Western Montana.

    Youth Concerts
    Youth Concerts
    Youth Concerts

    Youth Concerts
    Youth Concerts
    Youth Concerts

    “I liked when you pretended the instruments were safari animals.”

    3rd grader at Hot Springs Elementary

    “I like the harp because it had a cool sound.”

    4th grader at Drummond Elementary

    “This was the best field trip ever, I like the costumes.”

    4th grader at Hellgate Elementary

    “Ingenious with introducing fantastic music with humor... Students are engaged with the entire concert, which is a whole lot of fun!”

    Pam Hillygus, MCPS Music Teacher

The Holiday Pops is one of Missoula’s favorite holiday traditions.

  • Part of the regular season is the annual Holiday Pops concerts, enjoyed by 2,500 people every year. These family-friendly shows are Missoula’s official kick-off to the holiday season.

Over 6,000 Missoulians enjoy our free summer concert every year – it’s our thank you to our community, and the most popular single-day event in Downtown Missoula every year.

  • In addition to the regular concert season, the MSO performs for over 6,000 people at the annual summer concert, Symphony in the Park, a free concert which serves as a thank you to the community.
  • Symphony in the Park

    The second Sunday of August for the past ten years has been a magical evening in Missoula, as the Missoula Symphony Orchestra presents our gift back to our community – our annual FREE outdoor concert Symphony in the Park. Caras Park, in the heart of downtown Missoula on the banks of the Clark Fork River, fills to capacity each summer as thousands of families flock to enjoy an evening of light classics, pops and movie themes.

    Symphony in the Park
    Symphony in the Park
    Symphony in the Park
    Symphony in the Park

    “It was very special to be near a flowing river on a warm sunny evening with gorgeous mountains as the background to incredibly powerful music. So Missoula!”

    Tina Shields, First time attendee at Symphony in the Park 2012

The MSO provides over $6,000 in scholarships every year to five outstanding University of Montana music students.

  • Over the years, this has allowed hundreds of students to pursue their musical education, and many are currently working in the musical arena.

The guest artists of the MSO are internationally acclaimed and sought- after performers.

  • The guest soloists who perform with the MSO are of such high caliber, their schedule is likely to read “Paris, Vienna, London, Missoula.” Only at the MSO concerts can you see (and hear!) that kind of talent.
  • Need loftier reasons? We’ll give ‘em to you, but they sound a bit stuffy to us… Which we’re definitely not! The MSO provides a forum for community involvement, and a way to nurture a needed atmosphere of human understanding and creativity. And, the MSO helps to restore a sense of community ownership through the arts, making music not only relevant, but essential to our society. True statements. A bit fancy, maybe, but if it works for you, great!
  • To put it in the words of our Music Director, Darko Butorac, “Great music is not a luxury. It is a necessity for the health of the soul and the community.”
  • Bottom line is the MSO has a lean budget and small staff, but has a HUGE impact on our community and region. Help us to continue our powerful impact on the cultural landscape of Western Montana.

OGF Route Map


  • Tom Facey
  • Lou Bahin
  • Ferando Cardozo
  • Lance Collister
  • Dodie Moquin
  • Aldean Wright
  • Hans Zuuring


  • Larry Toder
  • Ellie Steinberg
  • Katie Van Dorn
  • Mark Carpenter
  • Milt Clark


  • John Dolinsek
  • Larry Toder
  • Brad Veiss
  • Keith Kuhn
  • Mark Carpenter


  • Larry Toder
  • Calvin Beighle
  • Mark Carpenter
  • Kathy Shappee
  • Keith Kuhn


  • Dermot O’Halloran
  • Diana Carpenter
  • Larry Toder
  • David Shappee