Youth Programs

Music is a language, and “bilingualism” in our modern world is a gift. We strive to share the language of music with youth across the region through exposure, music education, experience, and teaching. For questions about our education programs please contact Dan Howard, Director of Operations and Education.

Thank you to our Education Sponsors. We couldn’t make it happen without you!


Boise City Department of Arts and History

Brandt Foundation

Gladys E. Langroise Foundation

Idaho Commission on the Arts

John William Jackson Fund

Julius C. Jeker Foundation

Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation

The Morrison Center Foundation

The Whittenberger Foundation

Boise Phil Youth Orchestra

With more than 75 members and a full three-concert performance schedule, the BPYO is a joy to hear and to be a part of. Musicians receive professional ensemble training and coaching by the Boise Phil principal players. The BPYO is open to woodwind, brass, percussion, and string students in 9th-12th grade by audition only. Audition information now available!
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Children’s Concert Series

The Boise Phil Orchestra welcomes nearly 12,000 children annually for a 45-minute journey through the symphony and beyond! These concerts have provided artistic enrichment for more than a decade. The Children’s Concert Series is designed to correlate with Idaho education curriculum standards. It offers lesson plans, classroom materials, and interactive elements that broaden their horizons.
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Where: NNU Brandt Center or Morrison Center
Cost: Free


Musician in the Classroom

In a close and intimate setting, Boise Phil musicians take time to introduce their instruments to second grade students across the Treasure Valley. The program engages students at a time when reading and literacy is critical. It ties in imagination and musical ideas to make both art and reading more exciting.

Where: In your 2nd grade classroom!
Cost: Free
Sponsored by: Albertsons


Verde Percussion Concerts

The Boise Phil’s Verde Percussion Group brings a heart-pounding array of percussion instruments into focus at this unique concert series. Students in 1st through 8th grade are invited to hear all of the different major percussion instruments and explore how those sounds are produced. Mixed-in with fun repertoire and interesting timbres, Verde Percussion concerts offer a fun and enlightening environment to learn about the most diverse orchestral section.
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Cost: Free
Sponsored by: John William Jackson Fund


Conductor/Ensembles in the Classroom

Does your orchestra or band need a boost to get to the next level? Do you have some outstanding players and are working to balance out your performances with both advanced and moderate skill pieces to meet everyone’s needs? Our music director and chamber ensembles are available to visit your high school music program to work with bands, choirs, and orchestras on their own repertoire at their own pace. This individualized attention strengthens group tone production, musical intent, and ensemble skills. It brings a fresh perspective on how to bring your group to the next level!

Where: In your classroom!
Cost: Free
Sponsored by the University of Idaho