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 by the Boise Phil principal players. The youth orchestra is open to woodwind, brass, percussion, and string students in 9th-12th grade by audition only.


Julius C. Jeker Foundation

Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation

Gladys E. Langroise Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation


Boise Phil Youth Orchestra Audition Information:

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 the BPYO will have all auditions via video. Please download and read the Handbook for details. Questions? Contact Us

Tips for a Great Video Audition

To audition please do the following:
1. Please download and read the BPYO Handbook 2020-2021.
2. After Reading the handbook, you can submit your non-refundable audition fee via check or HERE.
3. Fill out the online application
4. Download your instrument’s excerpts below and start practicing!




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2020/2021 Concert Calendar

Boise Phil Side by Side: November 13th, 2020 @ NNU and November 14th, 2020 @ Morrison Center
Fall Concert: November 16th, 2020 @ Morrison Center
Winter Concert: February 8th, 2021 @ Northwest Nazarene University’s Brandt Center
Spring Concert: April 26th, 2021 @ Morrison Center

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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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