We provide a variety of educational programs for youth in our community. Learn about each program here.



Boston University Tanglewood Institute


The Montgomery Symphony is pleased to offer the MSO-BUTI Scholarship in the amount of $6,770 to a young Alabama musician age 14-18 attending the Summer 2016 Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI). 

BUTI is the high school division of the famed Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, MA. Tanglewood is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and draws talented musicians of all ages from around the world each year.

BUTI will offer extended programs this summer in orchestra, voice/choral, wind ensemble, piano, harp and composition. Two-week long workshops in flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba/euphonium, double bass, percussion, and string quartet will be offered as well.

MSO-BUTI Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:
1.  Must be an Alabama musician aged 14-18
2.  Must be accepted by BUTI to a six-week program for the summer of 2017
3.  Must apply for a scholarship from BUTI as part of your BUTI application process
4.  Must complete a MSO-BUTI Scholarship application form and send to the Montgomery Symphony postmarked no later than March 2, 2016.

To print a MSO-BUTI Scholarship application, click here.

For more information on BUTI programs or to make application to BUTI, call 617-353-3386 or visit them online at www.bu.edu/tanglewood.

Representatives from BUTI will be in residence at the 2017 Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition. For more information on Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition, please go to the page.

Academy of Music Application Below...

In 2016, the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra will launch the Montgomery Symphony Academy of Music, a new music education program designed to allow young musicians the opportunity to study violin, viola and cello. The program will offer musical instruction, mentorship, and performance experience while affording numerous opportunities for involved youth and families to attend MSO concerts. The program cost is $200 for the entire year which also includes tickets to MSO concerts and events. Please complete an online scholarship form below, should you need financial assistance.

Through the launch of the Montgomery Symphony Academy of Music we will offer two new String Ensembles: a (Beginners) Preparatory String and (Intermediate) Youth Chamber Orchestra. It is with full intentions that these students will become prepared to audition and perform with our established (Advanced) Montgomery Youth Orchestra. Ultimately, it is also a long-term goal that some of these students may continue the study of music and return to us as members of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.

Montgomery Symphony Academy of Music (Orientation Meeting for ALL interested students)

Saturday, September 3rd at 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterians Church located in Old Cloverdale at 1728 S Hull St, Montgomery, AL 36104. Orientation for the program will be held for all interested youth age 7-13. Students who have never played an instrument before can apply this day from 9:00-10:00 a.m. with no need to attend September 17th placement evaluations. Online Application Below.

*Montgomery Music Project students planning to borrow an instrument to practice on before placement evaluations (Saturday, September 17th) need to attend on Saturday, September 3rd for instrument fittings starting at 9:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m.

Montgomery Symphony Academy of Music (Placement Evaluations) – Saturday, September 17th at Trinity Presbyterian located in Old Cloverdale at 1728 S Hull St, Montgomery, AL 36104.  All interested youth must have a parent/guardian complete the online application below.

Placement Evaluations (Open)

8:30-9:00 A.M. Check in for students who have taken for less than three years.

9:00- 10:00 A.M. Evaluations for students who have taken less than three years.

9:30 A.M. Check in for students who have taken for at least three years.

10:00-NOON. Audition for students who have taken at least three years.



Have questions? Shoot us an email at msacademyofmusic@gmail.com

Two Year Artist Residency in Violin with The Montgomery Symphony



MSO Violin Fellowship 2017-2019, the second season upon agreement between the MSO and the Fellow.
$35,000 stipend per nine-month season.

Application Postmark Deadline is April 7, 2017

The MSO Violin Fellow is encouraged to perform solo engagements, enter competitions, and accept significant outside performance opportunities that may further his or her career during the Fellowship period. The Association Board requires, however, that the Fellow establish a residence in Montgomery, Alabama, and that any absences from Montgomery Symphony Orchestra (MSO) performances or rehearsals be approved in advance by the Music Director.

Candidates for the 2017 - 2019 Violin Fellowship should have completed their formal musical education and be at the beginning of their professional performing careers. Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States during the period of the residency.

Fellowship Duties:
As a Guest Artist: Perform a concerto with the MSO on the October 2017 classical subscription concert.

As a Recitalist: Perform three scheduled solo recitals each season in Montgomery. A modest artist fee is provided for pianists.

As an Orchestral Violinist: Serve as the MSO Principal Violinist at weekly rehearsals and at the 10 scheduled classical and pops concerts each season of the MSO from September 2017 to May 2019.

Stipend: $35,000 per nine month season.

September, 2017 through May, 2019. While the Fellowship is intended to be a two year engagement extending from September 2017 - May 2019, the second season continuation will be upon agreement between the MSO and the Fellow. The months of June, July and August, 2018 are free for the Fellow.

In 1989, the Montgomery Symphony Association's Board of Directors established a program to promote the concert careers of promising young violinists through its Violin Fellowship program. Based on the overwhelming success of the Violin Fellowship, the Symphony expanded the program in 1996 to include a Cello Fellowship. For a list of former Fellows, click here.

How to Apply:

Audition Procedures:
Candidates should submit a CD of a major concerto and at least one contrasting work suitable for recital, a resume which includes the names, addresses (regular and email) and telephone numbers (both studio and home) of two people who will serve as references.

Mail Application to: Montgomery Symphony Orchestra

507 Columbus Street

Montgomery, AL 36104

Attention: Application for Violin Fellowship

Application Deadline: Postmarked by April 7, 2017.

Finalists will be notified in mid April. Final auditions will be held in Montgomery, Alabama on May 1-3, 2017, with travel expenses paid inside the United States.

Final Round
Four finalists will be notified in mid April of their selection for the final round to be held May 1-3, 2017. Because travel expenses will be paid within the United States by the Montgomery Symphony, finalists must be completely available all three days of the competition. Finalists will interview privately with the competition jury and will perform in a final round of competition which will be open to the public. All finalists will perform a movement of a concerto and a movement of an unaccompanied work. After the Jury deliberates, the winner will be announced from the stage.