Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

The Boise Phil Youth Orchestra is the Treasure Valley’s premier performing youth symphonic group. The group is open to woodwind, brass, percussion, and string musicians in 9th-12th grade, by audition.

The BPYO provides professional ensemble training and opportunities through rehearsals and coaching 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.

2019/2020 Concert Calendar:
Fall Concert: Monday November 18, 2019, 7:00 pm – Morrison Center
Boise Phil Side by Side: January 17 at NNU and January 18 at Morrison Center, 7:30pm
Winter Concert: Tuesday February 10, 2020, 7:00 pm – Location TBA
Spring Concert: Monday April 20, 2020, 7:00 pm – Morrison Center

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Boise Phil Youth Orchestra Audition Information:

Auditions will be held May 17-24, 2020 at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy (516 S. 9th St.) Application deadline is April 17, 2020.

To audition please do the following (information and materials will update soon):
1. Please download and read the BPYO Handbook 2019-2020.
2. After Reading the handbook, you can submit your non-refundable audition fee here.
3. Fill out the online application
4. Download BPYO auditions 2019 and your instrument’s excerpts below and start practicing!



What time does the Youth Orchestra meet?
We meet on Mondays during the school year from 4:00-6:15 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 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!

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