Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

The Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is the Treasure Valley's premier performing youth symphonic group led by Jennifer Drake, BPYO Interim Music Director. The group is open to woodwind, brass, percussion, and string 9th-12th grade students by audition. The BPYO provides professional ensemble training and opportunities through rehearsals and coachings from principal players of the Boise Philharmonic.The orchestra performs three concerts per year, with programs selected to broaden young musicians’ fluency with the enduring masterworks of the standard orchestral repertoire.

The purpose of the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is:

1. To provide talented, accomplished young musicians from throughout the Treasure Valley with outstanding musical training and experience through full orchestra rehearsals and performances.

2. To enhance and develop current and future arts participation by our youth.

3. To enhance the cultural life of the Treasure Valley by providing excellent performances of the orchestral music.


FALL CONCERT: November 13, 2017- 7:00 pm - Morrison Center

WINTER CONCERT: Saturday February 24, 2:00 pm - Morrison Center

SPRING CONCERT: Monday April 30, 2018- 7:00 pm - Morrison Center

Concert tickets available in advance; $8 per person / $35 for family of 5 or more.

Tickets at the door available: $10 per person/ $40 for family of 5 or more

Recordings available at

**Youth Conductor Search**

Youth Conductor Details

Download the PDF above to get more information, or email Lauren Folkner at


Materials will be posted by February 28, 2018. 

Auditions will take place in May, 2018--date and time TBD. 

Students can begin preparing their scales from 4-sharps to 4-flats, a 1-2 minute solo, and begin practicing sight reading. We will post the audition music excerpts in February. 


What time does the Youth Orchestra meet? 

We meet on Mondays during the school year from 4:00-6:15 pm. 

How hard is it to get in?

Number of auditioning students fluctuate 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 students 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! 


Lauren Folkner 
Director of Education & Community Engagement

Boise Philharmonic