Steamboat Symphony Orchestra

A nonprofit organization

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The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is a nonprofit organization that brings world-class orchestral music to the Yampa Valley.  In addition to our performances, the SSO is committed to growing the next generation of musicians through our educational programs and offerings. 

These programs include:

- Steamboat Springs High School Orchestra: The SSO funds and staff the high school program, providing students the opportunity to study orchestra music under professional violinist, Teresa Steffen Greenlee. Without this program, students would not have the prerequisites needed to study at the collegiate level. 

- Immersion Weekends: Students of all ages and abilities gather twice a year for immersive experiences with Music Director and Conductor, Ernest Richardson and professional members of the orchestra. This unique opportunity allows players throughout the region to come together and create an orchestra that performs a free celebration concert. 

- String Sprouts: Our newest program (launched this September!) is a revolutionary program providing five years of free violin lessons for under-resourced children in Steamboat Springs! This national program is backed by research that shows the positive impact studying a string instrument can have on a student's math and reading scores. 

By funding innovative programs like these, the SSO is helping to develop the skills and talents of young musicians in the community unlike any other nonprofit in Northwest Colorado. 

Joining the SSO's musical family means supporting our mission to integrate the experience of orchestral music into the heart of the community, delivering outstanding professional performances, and providing accessible and compelling music education


Ernest Richardson is the best thing that has come to our town! - Roberta and Hans Geier

Thank you so much for providing such incredible opportunities for the children of Yampa Valley. We especially love the Broadway experiences! - The Lee Family

Our symphony is superb! What a blessing for this community. - Gloria James

Our daughter loves playing the violin and without the SSO, we would not have the means to provide her the opportunity. We are so grateful. - Anonymous family

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The mission of the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra is to integrate the experience of orchestral music into the heart of our community, to deliver outstanding professional performances, and to provide music education that is accessible and compelling.

We envision a community where outstanding orchestral experiences inspire, educate, and connect to a more vibrant, creative, and healthy Yampa Valley.


Inspiration: Outstanding, compelling, and innovative orchestral experiences that engage the human spirit.

Connection: We listen to and collaborate with our community to provide relatable and relevant musical performances.

Education: Provide accessible music education programming for musicians of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds.

Background Statement

The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 3nd Anniversary Season this year!

Founded in 1991 by retired principal flutist, Mary Beth Norris as a community orchestra, the SSO has grown to a full-sized symphony orchestra offering three concerts/year, robust educational opportunities, and community outreach.

At the heart of our organization is a commitment to excellence in music performance while nourishing and performing alongside the next generation of musicians.

Organization Data


Organization name

Steamboat Symphony Orchestra

other names

Steamboat Symphony Orchestra, SSO

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Arts, Culture & Humanities

Organization Size

Large Organization


PO Box 771376
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477

Service areas

Routt County, CO, US



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