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Youth Orchestra

Welcome to the Idaho Falls Symphony Youth Orchestra Program

See our youth activities, family programs, and orchestral opportunities below. 

IFS Youth Orchestra (IFSYO) Music Director Christine Hutchings

Preparatory String Orchestra (PSO) Conductor Annalee Kelly

Education and Outreach Manager Mike Richards

Idaho Falls Symphony Youth Orchestra

The Idaho Falls Youth Symphony was founded in 1989 by conductor Eric Wenstrom as the Eastern Idaho Youth Symphony and was later incorporated into the Idaho Falls Symphony Society. The purpose of the Youth Symphony is to provide young musicians a positive, educational, and fulfilling experience as members of a full orchestra.

The Youth Symphony also seeks to enhance area school music programs by providing an experience that will challenge the students’ developing musical skills. The Youth Symphony holds an annual concerto competition for student soloists, has commissioned new works for full orchestra, and has featured noted guest artists over the years.

Idaho Falls Symphony Preparatory String Orchestra

The Idaho Falls Preparatory String Orchestra was founded in 2019 to respond to the number of string students in the community with an interest in performing with the Youth Symphony. During its inaugural season, under the direction of Idaho Falls Symphony violinist Annalee Kelly, the group started with roughly thirty-six students.

Now the students are back in person under Annalee’s baton! The ensemble is designed to focus on building technique and ensemble skills, and to strengthen the musical and interpretation skills that are essential to the advanced Youth Orchestra.

Support for the Idaho Falls Symphony Youth Orchestra Program comes from these generous supporters:

The William J. and Shirley A. Maeck Family Foundation

The Idaho Commission on the Arts with support from the National Foundation for the Arts

Idaho Environmental Coalition

Idaho National Laboratories managed by the Battelle Energy Alliance

Carrie & Christian Shull

Carol Ormond