Bringing You Sensational Music Year-Round

The Glacier Symphony, Orchestra and Chorale, is one of the most active performing arts organizations in the inner-mountain northwest. Located in Montana’s beautiful Flathead Valley, the symphony produces a yearly Masterworks season of subscription concerts, educational programming for area schools, the family-friendly outdoor Symphony Night at Rebecca Farm, exclusive special events, and the region’s only weeklong classical music series, Festival Amadeus. Join us as we explore the finest in classical music!

Concerts • Outdoor Performances • Special Events • Music Festivals • Opera • Education

Our Story

Glacier Symphony, Orchestra and Chorale, Season 2018/2019

Our mission is to provide a diverse range of excellent musical experiences in Northwest Montana that inspire, challenge, and educate our musicians, audience, and students.

The Glacier Symphony, Orchestra and Chorale has its roots in the 1970’s when the Performing Arts Council was formed from a core of music lovers in the Flathead Valley. The Council sponsored recitals and summer concerts in the Valley and later formed The Hockaday Chamber Orchestra, which performed a series of concerts. Glacier Symphony members of this early group included Doug James, Lindy James, and Shauneen and Ray Garner.

This early musical group coalesced in earnest in June 1981 when they continued to rehearse and perform together as the Flathead Valley Chamber Orchestra and Chorale. By 1982, the group had expanded to the size that larger works could be performed, under the direction of the new guest conductor Gordon Johnson, conductor of the Great Falls Symphony. That same year, Gordon was named Music Director, and the name of the group was changed to The Glacier Orchestra and Chorale. Shauneen Garner was the founding Chorale Conductor and Robin Bailey was named Executive Director in 1985.

In 1997, with the hiring of John Zoltek as a full time music director, the growth of the organization expanded rapidly. To reflect its substantial growth and artistic quality, the G.O.C. changed its name to the Glacier Symphony and Chorale in July 2003. In 2004, Amy Smith-Kellogg was hired as Executive Director, followed by Alan Satterlee in 2006. Dr. Jim Stanard was hired as the Chorale Conductor in 2006 following the retirement of Shauneen Garner. Accomplished chorale conductor Dr. Micah Hunter, was hired in 2015 to take over for Dr. Stanard. 

Continuing to grow and evolve, with a mission to bring more classical music to the area, John Zoltek’s dream of establishing a week-long classical music festival came to fruition in 2008 with the premier of Festival Amadeus, which celebrated its 12th anniversary in 2019. We ARE Montana’s Festival Orchestra!

Now, with the new name of “Glacier Symphony, Orchestra and Chorale,” we are the most active symphonic organization in the state of Montana, performing up to 24 concerts and events per season, with year-round programming. During our MasterWorks season, we offer a variety of symphonic, holiday pops, guest artist Soloist concerts and chorale concerts from October through February, our February Masquerade Gala Dinner, a regional concert series in April for our Spring Festival, and more. Summer programming includes our outdoor Symphony Night at the Farm concerts at Rebecca Farm, and our unique, weeklong, Festival Amadeus. Interwoven throughout the entire year is our expanding Youth Music Experience (YME) and Wild About Music (WAM) education and outreach programs.

Glacier Symphony attracts audiences from all across Northwest Montana, plus visitors from around the country. World-renown guest artists perform regularly with the Symphony and are delighted to find such an accomplished symphonic organization in our valley. The Symphony will continue to provide diverse programming, combining performing different art forms, such as opera and dance, to enlarge its artistic offerings, enhancing the cultural assets of our community. There is truly something for everyone at YOUR Glacier Symphony!

Glacier Symphony

Orchestra Members | 2020/2021

Music Director & Conductor
John Zoltek

Violin 1
Will Shackelton**
Lynn Andenoro
Miriam Genheimer
Anita Ho
Linda Kuntz
Jan Lord
Ian Nicklin+
Trevor Ostenson+
Peter Pomajevich
Will Shackelton+

Violin 2
Amy Haymond*
Marilyn Anderson
Chloe Cheff
Brianne Franklin
Lindsey Groves
Connie Rudie
Karina Scherrer
Phyllis Snow
Suzie Wambeke

Jenanne Solberg*
Naomi Barnes
Tamara Farr+
Betsy Funk
Amelia Thornton+
Aimee Zupicich

Griffin Browne*
Jes Hagale
Betsy Kohnstamm
Melinda Morison
Melinda Payne-Sanders
Diane Sine
Amy Zoltek

Michelle Tanburg*
Don Beller
Virginia Bowland
Toni Braig+

Beth Pirrie *
Betsy Finch
Kate Fraser
Jennifer Hawkins
Anna Schultz(s)

Oboe/English Horn
Reid Merley*
Karri Linder
Mary Notess

Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
Dinah Weimer *
Chris Moen
Joseph Valenti

Bassoon & Contrabassoon
Alicia McLean-Brischli+*
Logan Beskoon+
Dylan Myers

French Horn
Paul Rossi*
Chip Davis
Bob Green+
Laurie Miller
Greg Notess

Martin Weimer*
Michael Boreson
BJ Lupton
Gerry Schultz

Hank Handford*
Dave Lawrence
Jim Lehner
Randi Tunnell

Ben Caudill*

Peggy Young*

Marlene Anderson* Maryruth Fallon

Dave Barr*

Nathan Connell
Jane Copper
Nic Hannah
Ryan Kelly(s)
Jeremy Reinbolt

Interim Concertmaster**

Section Principal *
Non-Resident Import Musician +
High School Student Musician (s)

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Glacier Chorale

Chorale Members | 2020/2021

Chorale Conductor
Micah Hunter

Alma Ramlow


  • Casey Bachurski
  • Kim Baker*
  • Heather Catlett***
  • Melissa Conn
  • Rachel Hunter
  • Lily Kursanow
  • Jenny LaSorte
  • Tiffany Riley
  • Tina Riley
  • Susan Roy
  • Lindsey Thompson
  • Arlene Tinkham
  • Amy Vanderbilt
  • Kirsten Wells
  • Kristin Young


  • Catherine Allen
  • Adrienne Barnes
  • Jo Borowski
  • Betty Carlson
  • Dorothy Drury
  • Sherri Dutton
  • Dee Fleming
  • Melissa Gunderson
  • Robin Harrison
  • Judy Hebing
  • Jill Hembroff*
  • Heather Licht
  • Jooeun Lim
  • Dawn Matt
  • Sarah Nuckolls
  • Marcia O’Brien
  • Julia Pierrottet
  • Dusty Roth
  • Alaura Scherrer
  • Marcia Sibelrud
  • Tana Simpson
  • Valeriva Veronina Sasser
  • Clarice Tuttle
  • Barbara Walden**


  • Perry Chinn*
  • Terry Comstock
  • Tim DeVries
  • Marshall Jones
  • Bob Cruse
  • Jeph Morris
  • Jim Rowe


  • Chauncey Allison
  • Tim Christenson
  • Jim Coolidge
  • Clint Finalyson
  • Bill Hartford
  • Steve Johnson
  • Martin Jones
  • Jeff Martin
  • Zachary Maurer*
  • Allan McGarvey
  • Stephen Milheim
  • Greg Naive
  • Keith Nelson
  • David Reese
  • Jackson Reese
  • Brad Roy
  • Jason Sanders
  • Bill Sauer

*Section Leader
***Personnel Manager

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Our Business is YOU

The Glacier Symphony, Orchestra and Chorale, is dedicated to fiscal responsibility to ensure the longevity and continued impact of our music and programming. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, this is YOUR symphony.

Board of Directors

The Glacier Symphony honors the tremendous contribution of the current and past Board of Directors, who worked tirelessly to help create the wonderful organization we have today. Thanks to those who chose to take on the responsibility of serving their community.

Current Board | 2020/2021
  • Mark Holston, President
  • Michael Moffitt, Vice President
  • Dan Chisholm, Treasurer
  • Mona Charles, Secretary
  • Tamara Williams, Director
  • Greg Atherton, Director
  • Terry Comstock, Director
  • Rhonda Friedman, Director
  • Kenn Hintzsche, Director
  • Jon Johnson, Director
  • Laurie Miller, Director
  • Robin Paone, Director

Past Board Presidents

  • 1983 – 1985 Gabe Perjessy
  • 1985 – 1986 Hi Gibson
  • 1986- 1988 Mike Fraser
  • 1988 – 89/1990-91 Dean Nelson
  • 1989 – 1990 Charlotte Higgs
  • 1991 – 1992 Cathryn McDevitt
  • 1992 – 1994 Steve Cummings
  • 1994 – 1996 Eric Kaplan
  • 1996 – 1997 Ed Jasmin
  • 1997 – 1998 Martha Groenke
  • 1998 – 2001 Joan Pfuhl
  • 2001 – 2003 Jean Hagan
  • 2003 -2005 Jim Strainer
  • 2005 – 2007 Mark Kirk
  • 2007 – 2009 B.J. Carlson
  • 2009 – 2011 Margaret Baird
  • 2001 – 2013 Maureen Hathaway
  • 2013 – 2015 B.J. Lupton
  • 2015 – 2017 Jim Lehner
  • 2017 – 2019 Julie Moffitt
  • 2019-2021 Jon Johnson

The Glacier Symphony, Orchestra and Chorale Board has up to 24 directors. The Executive Director and Music Director are considered non-voting members of the Board of Directors. The board meets in the months of August, October, December, February, April and June, generally on the third Tuesday of the month at 5:00 pm. The board meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in attending a board meeting, please email to confirm the date, time, and location of the meeting.