Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

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The Boise Phil Youth Orchestras provide outstanding musical training and experiences to over 250 talented young musicians throughout the Treasure Valley. All three orchestras (Symphony, Concert, and BPYO Strings) are a joy to hear and be a part of. Under the direction of Music Director Jennifer Drake, our young musicians attend weekly rehearsals, receive professional coaching from Boise Phil orchestra musicians, and perform out in our community throughout the year.

Youth Orchestra Ensembles

Symphonic Orchestra
-Open to 9th – 12th grade students by audition only.
-Designed for advanced students with ensemble experience.
-Open to violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, & harp students.
-Rehearses on Mondays from 4:15 – 6:30pm.

Concert Orchestra
-Open to 8th – 12th grade students by audition only.
-Designed for upper intermediate students
-Open to violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, & harp students.
-Rehearses on Tuesdays from 4:15 – 6:15pm.
-Marching Band students who have conflicts during marching season can attend a special evening rehearsal on Mondays 6:30 – 7:30pm.

-Auditions December 4th – 8th
-Open to 5th – 8th grade students.
-Designed for intermediate string students.
-Open to violin, viola, cello, and bass students.
-Rehearses on Thursdays from 4:15 – 5:45pm.

2024 – 2025 Season Schedule FULL BPYO 23-24 SCHEDULE

FALL CONCERT – Nov 9th, 2024

Boise TBD
10a Symphony (Dress Rehearsal in Concert Attire)
11a Concert (Dress Rehearsal in Concert Attire)
1:30p Back in building
2:00p Concert

SENIOR SIDE BY SIDE – Feb 22nd – 23rd, 2025

Morrison Center
Feb 22nd
Feb 23rd
Evening rehearsal schedule in season calendar
Sign ups available in Dec 2025

WINTER CONCERT – Mar 1st, 2025

Nampa TBD
10:30a Symphony (Dress Rehearsal in Concert Attire)
11:30a Concert (Dress Rehearsal in Concert Attire)
12:30p BPYO Strings (Dress Rehearsal in Concert Attire)
1:30p Back in building
2:00p Concert

SPRING CONCERT – April 19th, 2025

Boise TBD
10a Symphony (Dress Rehearsal)
11a Concert (Dress Rehearsal)
12p BPYO strings (dress rehearsal)
1:30p Back in building
2:00p Concert

Youth Orchestra Auditions and Fees

Are you or your child interested in joining the Boise Phil Youth Orchestra? Read below on how to audition and important information for prospective Youth Orchestra members.

BPYO 24-25 audition application (deadline April 23rd, 2024)

Audition Materials

All applicants must be prepared to play the following at their audition. We highly recommend listening to excerpts as you rehearse:

Symphonic and Concert 24-25 AUDITION INFORMATION

Symphonic and Concert 24-25 AUDITION EXCERPTS

Audition Requirements

Audition requirements include enrollment in the applicant’s school’s band or orchestra performing ensemble.

For students on an alternative education path or if the applicant doesn’t have access to a band or orchestra program, a recommendation from a music teacher and experience performing in an ensemble is required (group lessons, community music ensemble, or a public band/orchestra program). We want any type of student to be able to participate in the youth orchestra, so please reach out and ask if you are unsure about eligibility. The Boise Phil Association also offers tuition scholarships for any student in need and who would like to help behind the scenes and learn about working for an orchestra.

Audition and Tuition Fees


An audition deposit of $25.00 is REQUIRED to complete your application and have an audition slot.

If accepted into the symphonic or concert youth orchestra, your tuition payment of $300.00 ($33 per month) will be collected for the 2024-2025 season. Tuition fees and forms are due by Sept 10th, 2024.

If accepted into the string ensemble, then your tuition payment of $150.00 will be collected by the first rehearsal January 2025.

If you need financial assistance with the deposit or tuition payments, please email the Boise Phil program staff at No student will be turned away for financial reasons.

If you would prefer to mail a check, please make your check payable to Boise Philharmonic and include “[your child’s name] – BPYO 24-25 deposit” in the memo line. You can send your payment to:

Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
516 S 9th St.
Boise, ID 83702

Rehearsal Cancellations

BPYO rehearsals may be cancelled due to inclement weather or following Boise School District cancellations and closures. Cancellation info will be sent out through email ASAP.

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Frequently Asked Questions


What time does the Youth Orchestra meet?
The Symphonic Orchestra meets on Mondays during the school year from 4:15-6:30 pm.
The Concert Orchestra meets on Tuesdays during the school year from 4:15-6:15 pm.
The String Symphonia orchestra will hold auditions in Dec 2025 and they meet Thursdays 4:15-5:45 pm.

Where does the Youth Orchestra meet?
We meet in the Rehearsal Hall at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy on 516 S. 9th St. in Downtown Boise.

How hard is it to get in?
The number of auditioning students fluctuates from year to year. Typically the winds are the hardest spots to win because there are so many talented players and only 2-3 parts per instrument.

Do returning Youth Orchestra members have to re-audition?
Yes! We want to ensure that our student musicians are always practicing and getting better. There is no guarantee that you’ll stay in the orchestra each year. Make sure you prepare your audition as if you weren’t already a member–someone is always practicing more!

Additional Questions?
Contact Andrew Martin, Education & Community Engagement Manager:

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