Welcome to the Idaho Falls Symphony Youth Orchestra Program
See our youth activities, family programs, and orchestral opportunities below.
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