Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra


With more than 175 members and a full performance schedule, the Boise Phil Youth Orchestra is a joy to hear and to be a part of. Musicians receive professional ensemble training and coaching from the Boise Phil principal players. The youth orchestra is open to woodwind, brass, percussion, and string students in 9th-12th grade by audition only.


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Boise Phil Youth Orchestra Audition Information:

Students must apply online to register for an audition date. 

Important Dates

May 3, 2021 Application and Application Fee Due
May 16 – 21, 2021 Audition Week at Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy*
June 4, 2021 Decisions Announced 
September 1, 2021 2021-2022 Tuition Due 

*Virtual auditions may be scheduled at the request of the applicant

General Audition Application Information


Please complete the Online Application HERE by May 3, 2021. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted. 

Enrollment in applicant’s school’s band/orchestra program for the entire academic year is required to audition and participate in the Boise Phil Youth Orchestras. There are NO exceptions. 


An audition deposit of $25.00 is required to complete your application. If accepted into the BPYO, this deposit will be applied toward your total tuition payment of $225.00 for the 2021-2022 season. 

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. 

Pay online: HERE

If you would prefer to mail a check, please make your check payable to Boise Philharmonic and include your child’s name in the memo line. You can send your payment to: 

Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

516 S 9th St., Ste. C

Boise, ID 83702

Audition Information

Auditions will take place at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy the week of May 16 – May 21, 2021. 

You will be assigned a specific time after the application deadline. If you prefer to audition via zoom, please let us know in your application.

Guidelines and Requirements

All applicants must be prepared to play the following at their audition:


Major scales (up to 4 sharps and 4 flats). You will be asked to play the number of octaves and at the speed that best showcases your ability. 

  • Strings: Slur 4
  • Winds and Brass: Slur 2, tongue 2
  • Percussion: No scales required


1-minute solo of your choice demonstrating your highest level of musicianship. (Percussion will prepare either a snare or mallet solo). Please bring a copy of your solo for the judges (live auditions only). No memorization or accompanist is required.

Sight Reading

The audition panel may ask you to sight read some music. Many students struggle with sight reading, as it can be an intimidating task. There is no secret to learning how to sight reading well. Frequent practice sight reading is the best solution. In addition, practicing scales is very useful, as you will be able to quickly identify the key of the sight reading and use muscle memory from playing scales in that key.


Download your instrument’s excerpts below and start practicing!





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What time does the Youth Orchestra meet?
The Symphonic Orchestra meets on Mondays during the school year from 4:00-6:15 pm.
The Concert Orchestra meets on Tuesdays 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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