Teaching Bozemanites about pan...and by pan we mean, steelpan.
Percussionist Kristofer Olsen moved to Bozeman in August 2013 and is celebrating his fifth season with the orchestra! His wife Allison is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Montana State University so it is with thanks to her, Kris says, they get to live in Bozeman. Originally from Havre, Kris moved away in 1994 when he graduated from high school. When Allison was interviewing for the job at MSU, it helped immensely that his brother Josh and his wife Bina Peters (viola) were living here in Bozeman, and so the prospect of being in town with family was extremely desirable.
Kris currently teaches in the Education Department and School of Music at MSU, works part time for All About Pianos in Belgrade, teaches piano lessons out of his home, and is the choir director at Christ the King Lutheran Church. Talk about being busy, but it doesn’t stop there. He has volunteered at Meadowlark Elementary through his church and for the Girl Scouts now that his daughter is involved. He has also coached his daughter’s Blitzz Micro-Recreational Soccer team for a few seasons.
When Kris moved to town, he wanted to get involved musically because he was trying to establish himself both as an educator and musician while still completing his dissertation at Ohio University. He contacted the Symphony as well as principal timpanist Jeff Vick and shortly after, had an audition with Maestro Savery and Jeff. Since then, he has have been performing regularly as a section percussionist and “having a blast” he says.
His musical interests started at a young age taking piano lessons in elementary school (around 3rd grade) and percussion in 6th grade. About his early music education Kris says: “I distinctly remember not wanting to be in choir because I didn’t want to be like my older sister (who was also in band so that didn’t work), but most of my friends joined choir in 6th grade and realized that I enjoyed music.” He eventually joined choir in 7th grade and sang in organized choir throughout high school and as an undergraduate at St. Olaf College. While at St. Olaf, Kris performed in both the St. Olaf Band and the St. Olaf Orchestra all four years.
Kris shares that he’s not exactly sure what inspired him to become a musician. “I had both positive and not-so-positive experiences in elementary music” he says. “I am told that I banged on pots, pans, anything as a baby and I wanted to play percussion because I thought it was cool. I remember getting hooked on mallet percussion as a 7th grader when the HS band director at the time put me in front of a xylophone and asked if I could read music to play it. Of course I could! It was like a piano that I struck with mallets! I would spend hours playing through method books in a practice room. I’ve always been interested in patterns and rhythm so my interest just kept progressing as I continued through school.”
About performing Kris says: “I enjoy the challenge of performing but I enjoy the collective creative process that is often a trademark of playing music. It’s one thing to learn a piece or even perform a piece by myself but it’s so much more fulfilling to communicate with other performers and our audience through our collective work. My favorite part of rehearsals or performances is catching the eye of a fellow musician in a nonverbal symbiosis.”
As mentioned earlier Kris is celebrating his fifth season with the orchestra. About his involvement with the organization, Kris shares: “I cannot imagine our life in Bozeman without the Bozeman Symphony. It has been a vital part of my musical life since moving here. I have performed in regional/community ensembles since graduation from St. Olaf and regularly reflected on how I missed the technical achievements of those groups. The Bozeman Symphony gives me an outlet not only to challenge myself as a performer but to marvel at the accomplishments of my fellow players. I love listening to the gorgeous playing of my colleagues and being moved by their talents!”
This will be the first time Kris has participated in a collage performance. During the last collage concerts, Kris was attending his PhD graduation from Ohio University. Although he has heard of such performances at other institutions but have yet to witness one live.
This time, Kris gets to experience the spotlight. Along with members of the Symphony’s percussion section, Kris will be performing a piece entitled “Number Two.” It is a piece for steelpans, electric bass and drum set written by his friend and classmate from West Virginia University (where he did his master’s), Dave Longfellow. Mark Brown and Kris will be playing double seconds, Micah Jastrom will be playing double tenors, Jeff Vick will be playing cellos, Courtney Bury will be playing bass and Stephen Versaevel will be playing drum set.
The piece was composed for a group of WVU grads called the Dave Longfellow Ensemble, which developed after Kris graduated from WVU. The players of this ensemble Kris considers friends from the percussion and jazz studios. They basically started playing original tunes for steelpan because there isn’t a lot out there.
Dave, as described by Kris, is a brilliant player and musical mind. He has always enjoyed his use of interesting time signatures and grooves as well as his improvisational ideas for the group when they were playing.
Number Two features a number of interlocking patterns between the steelpans and bass over the multiple groove foundations of the drum set. The last time Kris performed this piece (on these same pans!) was at his last concert as a band director in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, before he returned to graduate school.
The students Kris performed with had witnessed a performance of the Dave Longfellow Ensemble at a steelpan competition in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and were similarly enamored with the infectious groove of the song.
Much like the lore of the instrument Kris will be playing on March 3rd and 4th, double seconds (which were named because they were the second steelpan invented), Number Two was the 2nd piece for the DLE that Dave wrote.
Kris is truly invested in this piece. He shares: “I absolutely love the opening of the piece that grows from a single player to the entire ensemble in a crescendo of patterns and instruments. The distinctive timbre of the steelpan, an instrument constructed from discarded oil barrels by young people in Trinidad and Tobago in the 1940s, is most definitely highlighted through the harmonic and melodic ideas of Dave Longfellow. I hope to increase the awareness of the Bozeman community to this instrument and am grateful that the BSO and Maestro Savery are allowing us to showcase them as part of the collage concert.”
Several components contribute to the excitement of collage and in Kris’ words, he says: “my understanding of the concept is that the music is non-stop. It breaks up the routine (an admittedly inadequate term) of a normal concert and allows for a chamber experience within the context of a symphony performance. With one piece leading into the next, the audience’s attention is shifted around the stage and the many timbres of the orchestra are showcased to a different level. I look forward to experiencing it as a performer and as an “audience member” when I’m not performing!”
Expanding on these thoughts, Kris shares that by attending a collage performance, audience members will get to see all the many talents of their orchestra and symphonic choir. “They get to hear solos, duets, ensembles and the full orchestra and symphonic choir all in one performance! And, selfishly, we get to play steelpans so they should come to hear that! I just believe it is a tremendous showcase of the talent we have in the BSO and Symphonic Choir and am thrilled to be a part of it!” he says.
Passion for what he does as a musician and community dominate the information Kris has shared with us today. In summary, he says: “as you can see, I struggle at being brief, especially when I’m passionate about something. I love “Short Ride in a Fast Machine” both as a listener and as a performer and am pumped to start rehearsing it. The last time I performed it, I was in college, which was over 20 years ago! I love talking steelpan but it may not interest others as much as it does me. Every time we play Number Two, I envision my friends who developed the parts we are playing and it is almost like I am playing with them. I still am in touch with most of the original members of the Dave Longfellow Ensemble and will be performing with the guitar (cello) player (Jeff Vick’s part) this summer! Hopefully this performance will spark some more interest in the instruments and I can teach more Bozemanites about pan! Thanks!”
As a young violinist, Cade Fiddaman explores multiple styles of music genres. You'll be lucky enough to hear his Celtic playing on March 3rd and 4th.
If you don’t know of him yet, you are about to discover Cade Fiddaman. We might even be bold enough to say, he’ll be the star of the upcoming 50th Anniversary Collage performances on March 3rd and 4th. Moving to Bozeman when he was about five years old, Cade has lived here for 13 years, participating with the Symphony for the past two seasons.
As a home-schooled student, most of Cade’s involvement in the community has been as a violinist/fiddler. In addition to the playing regularly with the Bozeman Symphony, he is currently involved with two contra-dance bands as well as a fiddle/cello duo with his brother.
In 2016, Cade’s violin teacher, Carrie Krause, recommended that he audition for the Symphony. Since, Cade says “I am now on my second season with the orchestra, and have no thoughts of stopping.”
Cade started playing violin when he was just two-and-a-half years old. Originally, he wanted to play the cello (and be like Yo-Yo Ma, he says,) but my parents couldn't find a cello small enough so he took up the violin instead (we think this was the right choice!). When Cade came to Bozeman, he started taking Celtic fiddle lessons, and now plays both Celtic and Classical styles regularly.
About playing music, Cade shares, “I think my favorite thing about playing violin is the ability to put emotion into music, I find this to be one of the most rewarding things there is.”
For Cade, playing in the symphony has been a wonderful experience. It has afforded him the opportunity to play great music with a skilled and dedicated group at a young age. “It has greatly increased my understanding, skill, and enthusiasm” he says.
The collage experience was introduced to Cade last season as part of Holiday Collage in December, 2016. Cade played as an orchestra member, he did not perform any solo/chamber repertoire. This year, Cade’s solo will be one you’ll instantly start tapping your feet to. He will perform Calliope Meets Frank, a duo with assistant principal cellist Julia Cory Slovarp. The piece is a medley of three Scottish fiddle tunes: Calliope, MacArthur road, and Frank's reel, as arranged by Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas for their album Fire and Grace. This is a modern Scottish style, that although deeply influenced by traditional techniques, has a fresh edge with new grooves and expressions.
About the upcoming concert Cade shares: “I always enjoy listening to other musicians, it is also fun to play so many different styles. The collage program offers a unique glimpse into the members behind the orchestra and their personal styles and ideas, it also is an amazing chance to hear new styles and repertoire.” In other words, “It’s a lot of fun!”
This very special piece will make you smile with amazement.
Sandra earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College and a Master of Music degree from Yale University. Previous orchestral engagements include Principal oboe of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in Indiana, Principal oboe of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans, Principal oboe of the Billings Symphony and Acting Associate Principal oboe of the Omaha Symphony in Nebraska. Sandra has her own business making oboe and English horn reeds, with sales nationwide. Her website is: sandysreeds.com.
During upcoming performances of 50th Anniversary Collage on March 3rd and 4th, Sandra will be featured performing the Rondo movement from Mozart's Oboe Quartet. Musicians Mary Kamack Kothman, violin, Bina Peters, viola, and Julia Cory Slovarp will join her.
When asked about the piece Sandra says: "the Mozart Oboe Quartet is a very special piece to me. I remember as a teenager hearing the piece for the very first time. My parents and my sister "suffered" through a Mozart marathon performance with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in New York. The Oboe Quartet was performed at midnight! Ever since my first hearing of the piece I have performed it all over the country and am very excited to have the chance to perform the final movement on this year's collage concert. The Mozart Quartet is a terrific show piece with Mozart experimenting with the highest range of the oboe. I think Mozart had a wonderful time composing the piece for a oboist friend. If you listen closely you will hear his sense of humor throughout the movement. The piece should really make you smile with amazement."
She also adds: "I am delighted to join my colleagues from the Bozeman Symphony and love the idea of the collage program. Not only is it a showcase for members of the orchestra and chorale but wonderful for individual colleagues to have the chance to hear each other in a chamber music setting."
As section leader of the Symphonic Choir's bass section,
Chip Ritter shares his talents with the community.
Choir member Chip Ritter has settled into Bozeman, living here for the past seven years. However, his connection and fondness for our town go back to his childhood. Chip's father grew up in Bozeman along with four siblings and because he chose to serve in the Army, Chip didn’t grow up here. Regardless, some of Chip's first memories are of visiting his grandparents at their house on South 5th Ave.
Chip’s wife Nicole was born and raised in Great Falls and like many with roots in Montana, the couple looked for ways to come home after school, starting careers and, in their case, living abroad. When they moved back to the U.S., Chip and Nicole had family and a support system ready here in Montana. And, they’ve been here ever since! Chip says they couldn’t be happier with their choice, and neither could the Bozeman Symphony!
With two kids in the Bozeman Public Schools, Chip volunteers as much as he is able in their classrooms and for the activities they’re involved with. Whether it’s teaching coding sessions to his daughter’s class or working on Emily Dickinson’s new playground, he feels it is satisfying to be part of the “public” in public schools.
With a son in High School (a freshman at BHS) parental involvement has taken on a whole new meaning. He’s involved in cross country, marching band, and speech and debate, so opportunities to support him and those activities abound.
The couple auditioned for the Symphonic Choir the first fall they were in Bozeman. It wasn’t even a question Chip says. “We met singing, and music had been a part of our lives since we were kids. We hadn’t had the opportunity to sing with a group like this for quite a long time and needed, quite literally needed, to have music and singing part of our lives again. We’ve been singing with the Symphonic Choir ever since.”
Like many children, Chip started playing instruments in elementary school. Beginning with the trumpet in 4th grade, in middle school moving to the baritone, and in high school playing the tuba. Band was his thing. During sophomore year of high school, he saw some friends in a school musical and said to himself, “I need to do that!” and joined choir the next semester.
With past participation as part of small groups that were featured during the last two collage concerts, Chip will be a featured soloist this time around. For the upcoming performances on March 3rd and 4th, he will sing a piece entitled Fussreise from Hugo Wolf’s (1860-1903) Mörike-leider (1888), settings of poems by Eduard Mörike (1804-1875).
Fussreise relays the storyteller’s experience of how walking through the woods makes him feel closer to his Creator, like Adam must have felt in the first days of Eden, and his hopes to remain present in that moment. Chip says: “I think it’s particularly relatable for Bozeman.” Fellow Symphonic Choir member and piano teacher, Karen Abelin (soprano) will join Chip as his accompanist.
We asked Chip what makes collage concerts so exciting to which he says: “collage concerts are exciting because they give us musicians a chance let loose a little. We get to sing and play pieces we wouldn’t normally get to perform for you—pieces audience members might not have a chance to experience here in Bozeman. Collage concerts are as much fun for us as we hope they are for the audience.”
In Chip’s words, if you haven’t seen a collage performance before, “they are incredibly fun! You just don’t know what’s going to come at you next. It could be an opera chorus, a percussion piece, solo violin, full orchestra, uplifting, dramatic, humorous, silly…it’s a unique musical experience!”
For Nancy, sharing music with the Bozeman community is a real joy.
Settling into Bozeman in 2002, Nancy Ojala has been an active music educator in the community. After retiring from Bozeman High School, she still participates as a substitute teacher for the music department and as an accompanist for some of the middle school programs. Outside of the Bozeman Symphonic Choir, Nancy can be found singing in her church’s gospel choir, as a KGLT DJ on the first and fifth Sunday of each month for the Sunday Classical Show, and as a Stephen’s Minister at Bozeman's United Methodist Church. Aside from these fantastic community commitments, the most important thing she gets to do, Nancy says, is to babysit her three-year-old granddaughter. Nancy is also a big supporter of the Symphony, generously donating her time to serve on the Board of Directors and on the planning committee for the Symphony's 50th Anniversary Birthday Bash held this past January.
Upon moving to Bozeman, Nancy started singing with the Symphonic choir and her contribution hasn’t gone unnoticed assisting with sectionals as the choir learns new music for concerts. Of her accomplishments Nancy shares: “my high school choir sang with the Symphonic choir and Symphony orchestra on Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Last December I was privileged to conduct a small ensemble as part of the collage concert.”
Nancy began singing as a small child. She sang in school and church choirs all the way through high school. Her high school choral director was very influential in her decision to major in music education in college. Additionally, she took piano lessons from 4th grade through college and dabbled in the violin from 4th through 9th grade. About her involvement with the Bozeman Symphony, Nancy says: “being able to share inspiring music with the Bozeman community has been a real joy for me personally. Music is such a great and expressive way to communicate with all age levels of people.”
Having been involved with 2 other collage concerts, Nancy shares that “these concerts are simply a magical way to weave together many different styles of musical selections into one beautiful experience with light and sound. All ages of people can enjoy the fast-paced movement of this concert and be surprised and inspired by the various small ensembles and large group selections which fit together so perfectly." Her participation in upcoming performances of 50th Anniversary Collage on March 3rd and 4th, 2018 will include conducting a small acapella vocal ensemble. The ensemble will sing a Czech folk song about springtime.
In Nancy’s words about the performance: "the pacing of each song and the melting together of one piece with another is truly unique in the collage concerts. You will be “blown away” by the exciting light and sound show the collage concert offers. It showcases so many wonderful small ensembles and the whole Symphony and Symphonic choir. The variety of musical styles and tempos of the pieces is really captivating for all ages of people. The addition of the amazing light show in combination with the extraordinary music really makes the concert an experience you don’t want to miss.”
Principal timpanist Jeff Vick and why the percussion section has become the "stars of the show" over the years.
Principal timpanist Jeff Vick moved to Bozeman in August 1989 from Tucson, AZ and joined the Bozeman Symphony shortly after. Jeff brings a vast amount of orchestral playing experience to the organization which has included performing with the Tucson Symphony, Denver Municipal Band, numerous community orchestras, in addition to performing in church settings.
As an educator in the public schools, Jeff currently teaches at Anderson School celebrating his 25th year, at Montana State University and LaMotte School (celebrating his 7th year) as well as teaching a private percussion studio.
Starting with piano lessons in Kindergarten, Jeff continued his musical interests by joining band in the fourth grade. It was with this ensemble he had some great experiences playing in select city wide honor groups and was led by a very inspirational band director in Junior High School. By seventh grade, Jeff had decided that being a band director and player was “what I wanted to be when I grew up.” He then started sitting in on big band gigs with his private teacher in Junior High, working up to paying gigs (combos, community theater shows) in high school.
The Bozeman Symphony was the first musical group Jeff became part of after moving to Bozeman. Jeff shares: “[the Symphony] helped lead to working with other organizations in the community (opera later that first year, Montana Ballet when they used primarily BSO members for the first Nutcracker with live music instead of a recording in 1993, Montana TheatreWorks for their first several shows starting in 1995 (the first couple Matthew was conducting), before taking a break & returning a few years ago to their summer productions. Some of my closest friendships have been made through connections either playing or socially through the symphony.”
If you’ve attended collage performances (or really any performance) with the Bozeman Symphony you know that the percussion section can easily become the stars of the show. The percussion section has had a piece or two featured on every collage concert since the first one in 1998, as well as having the opportunity to be a part of other mixed ensemble works featured as part of the collage concerts.
For upcoming performances on March 3rd and 4th, three different pieces and group combinations will feature the percussion section. These include “Dream Catcher” for marimba, vibraphone and other percussion featuring players Stephen Versaevel, Kris Olsen, Mark Brown and Micah Jastram. PercOrchestra (the Far Afield ensemble) has been doing this one for a few years.
“Number 2” is for Steel Drums (the hammered oil drum barrel instruments from Trinidad strongly associated with Caribbean music) again including the members of the percussion section: Stephen Versaevel, Kris Olsen, Mark Brown and Micah Jastram, along with Cortney Bury on Bass.
Additionally, Jeff will be playing one movement of Astor Piazzolla’s “Histoire du Tango” on marimba with Sue Makeever on flute. Jeff has played this piece for smaller audiences in the past and is very much looking forward to having the opportunity for a wider audience to hear this work and the combination of flute and marimba.
In Jeff’s words: “The variety of pieces and fast pacing – large and small groups, many “musical snapshots” that represent both the large ensemble experience (orchestra and choir) as well as showcasing smaller chamber music groups and the individual musicians who make up the BSO and Symphonic Choir make collage performances exciting."
Sue Makeever shares why collage is a unique experience.
Jerry and Sue Makeever have both dedicated many, many years, to the Bozeman Symphony with Jerry currently celebrating 43 seasons and Sue, celebrating 29 seasons with the orchestra! Jerry and Sue settled into Bozeman in 1987 after spending a year living apart. Sue had been teaching at the University of North Texas while Jerry was teaching here at MSU. The couple decided Bozeman was a better place to live and raise a family which includes their two children Megan and Matt. Their family has contributed greatly to the Symphony with each of them participating over the years with Matt on trumpet, and Megan on flute and piccolo.
Sue has been immersed in Bozeman’s musical community teaching flute, coaching a flute choir, playing in the woodwind quintet at MSU, a private studio, and playing in the Bozeman Symphony, Intermountain Opera, and Montana Ballet. She recently retired from the Billings Symphony after 22 years!
Sue's musical interests were sparked early on. At the age of five, her grandmother took her to the Philadelphia Orchestra where she heard flutist William Kincaid, and at that moment, knew she wanted to play. This experience inspired her passion for playing music and later as a music educator in her professional career. Her involvement with the Bozeman Symphony first began by subbing in the symphony when she first came to Bozeman, then moving into the piccolo spot and now as the current principal flute. Players in the Symphony, along with Sue, know that the concert season keeps them very busy from September to April. Sue shares: “I love orchestral music, and even though my earnings from the symphony don't financially support me, I am lucky to be doing what I love. I still enjoy the process and challenge.”
Carrie Krause on Great Repertoire & the Collage Experience
As part of the the Holiday Collage concert in December 2016, Carrie performed a moving tribute to the late Leonard Cohen in an arrangement of “Hallelujah” alongside violinist Pico Alt and cellist Chandra Lind. About the performance she shares “last Christmas’ collage was a brilliant way to program what can sometimes feel a bit over-familiar repertoire. Instead, we presented works that represented African, Klezmer, folk, and everything in between for a fast-paced and exciting holiday celebration.”
As part of this year’s collage performance, Carrie will be playing the Shostakovich Polka from his set of 5 pieces for two violins and piano which she describes as tuneful, virtuosic, and bouncy, with a nice mix of humor and irony. In addition, she’ll be playing part of the last movement from Bartok’s Contrasts, for violin, clarinet, and piano. This piece is fiendishly difficult, and starts with a macabre bashing of open strings, using a second fiddle tuned in tri-tones.
The Shostakovich trio will be played with Pico Alt, a violinist who also attended Juilliard, and with whom Carrie collaborates a great deal in teaching private and chamber students. Clarinetist Greg Young joins for the Bartok and pianist Laurel Yost is especially brilliant with ‘new’ music, and brings a great ear to this repertoire.
If you haven’t been to a collage performance before, or perhaps you’ll remember the exuberance you’ve felt after attending in the past, in Carrie’s words: “It’s tremendously exciting to see my amazing colleagues on stage have a chance to shine. In the orchestra we operate as a team, but collage highlights individual player’s hidden talents and intriguing personalities. I love the variety of repertoire and getting to hear many pieces I’ve never experienced. Overlapping the last note of one piece with the first of another highlights the captivating elements of these different styles.
It’s a tremendous showcase for our talented community. It’s also a great introduction to the orchestra for anyone who isn’t familiar with the symphonic scene, with shorter works and a myriad of grooves and moods. There’s truly something for everyone.”
Clarinetist Greg Young shares his excitement for upcoming performances of Collage!
Celebrating 21 seasons with the Bozeman Symphony, clarinetist Gregory Young has been immersed in the Bozeman community since 1988. As a professor at the MSU School of Music, you can find Greg performing regularly as part of the University’s artistic and musical programs, with the Bozeman Symphony, in addition to Intermountain Opera and Montana Ballet.
Greg’s involvement with the Symphony began when he moved to Bozeman in 1988 as a principal player in the orchestra. His passion for music began early on, at the age of five. Greg shares: “I started piano at age 5, clarinet at 14, and upon entering college I knew that if I had a regular career I would be wanting to play music ‘after work.’ Now, of course, I play music before, during and after. I love the holistic nature of playing music – physical, mental, spiritual, emotional.”
When asked about the Symphony having an impact on his life, Greg feels that the Bozeman Symphony is an important artistic pillar in the community and is happy to be part of it.
About the upcoming collage experience on March 3rd and 4th at Willson Auditorium, Greg will be performing The Bartok Contrasts, with Carrie Krause, violin and Laurel Yost, piano. The music can be described as a “Fast Dance that starts with a violin tuned down and has a primitive feel.”
We have no doubt that you’ll find the upcoming concert experience unique and exciting. The orchestra and choir musicians feel that way too. Greg describes the concert experience as “there is no time to get bored, and the variety and contrasts are compelling. There is nothing quite like it. Sort of like a musical Pecha Kucha! When it comes to programming, Matthew is a master, and this is one key ingredient!”
Lucinda Morris, Violin
Lucinda is a recent transplant to Montana, moving to the area from Illinois in January 2016. She attended school at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where she earned a bachelors degree in environmental science and played in the Philharmonic Orchestra. She worked for the University for several years, which gave her the opportunity to collaborate on and publish two research papers. Since moving to Montana, Lucinda served two terms in AmeriCorps, working with the Wildlife Conservation Society in Ennis. At the completion of her second term she took a job with Matson's Laboratory in Manhattan, pursuing her goal of working in the field of wildlife conservation.
Lucinda has been playing classical violin for 23 years, starting in the Suzuki program as a child. She joined the Bozeman Symphony last year and has greatly enjoyed getting back into music in her local community, which has also included performances with chamber groups and the Montana Ballet Company. Lucinda hopes to keep playing in the area for years to come, both in the orchestra and other ensembles, and on her own. When she's not busy practicing for the next Symphony concert, Lucinda enjoys spending time outdoors and appreciating the beautiful landscapes of Montana.