Idaho Falls Symphony Extends Music Director Contract through 2022, Reorganizes Staff Structure

Heading into the organization’s 70th Anniversary Season, the Idaho Falls Symphony has announced a 3-year contract extension for their Music Director, Dr. Thomas Heuser. The organization is also seeking a new part-time Office Manager to manage the office, provide excellent customer service to all patrons and administrative support to the staff and board, to train and coordinate volunteers, and to serve as the Front of House Manager at all IFS events.

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Idaho Falls Symphony Celebrates the Genius of Beethoven

The thrilling music of Ludwig van Beethoven has inspired musicians and audiences for generations. As the world prepares for the great composer’s 250th birthday in the year 2020, the Idaho Falls Symphony gets the celebrations started this weekend with a concert called “The Genius of Beethoven,” planned for Saturday, March 30th at 7:30pm in the Idaho Falls Civic Center for the Performing Arts.

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IFS Seeking Operations Manager

The Idaho Falls Symphony is excited to announce a part-time job opening for an Operations Manager.

The Operations Manager is responsible for all venue and personnel needs for the Idaho Falls Symphony. Attendance at evening rehearsals and weekend concerts is required; office hours can be flexible. This is a part-time hourly position (approximately 25 hours per week; starting rate is $12-14/hour) with high motivation to grow to full-time with proven success. Click here for more details.

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Idaho Falls Symphony Hosts Renowned Native American Flute Soloist

As Valentine’s Day approaches and the nation celebrates American Heart Month, the Idaho Falls Symphony is delighted to partner with the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center to present their annual “Red Dress Concert.” The concert will be presented on Saturday, February 16th, at 7:30pm in the Idaho Falls Civic Center for the Performing Arts, and features the world-renowned Native American flute soloist R. Carlos Nakai in a program called “Native Legends.” Purchase tickets here!

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IFS Holds Annual Fundraising Gala: Starry Night on February 9

The Idaho Falls Symphony proudly announces the annual Fundraising Gala, with a theme of Starry Night, to be held on February 9th at the Hilton Garden Inn. The event brings back the Mike Banks Quartet, live and silent auction, dinner, and dancing to support the Symphony’s mission to provide quality, live orchestral experiences of the world's great music for the enjoyment, enrichment, and education of our audiences and musicians. Each year this gala brings in approximately 10-15% of the Symphony’s income, and also serves as a great opportunity to mingle and party with other supporters of live, local music! Tickets are $125 per person. Reservations must be made in advance of the event, no later than Friday, February 1. Please contact the Idaho Falls Symphony office at 208-529-1080 to purchase tickets. Dress for the event is formal with thematic outfits encouraged!

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Youth Symphony Names 2018-19 Concerto Competition Winners

Each year the Idaho Falls Youth Symphony holds a concerto competition for its members; winners of the competition perform one movement of a solo work for their instrument with accompaniment from Youth Symphony on their Spring Concert. The 2018-2019 winners are Isaac Lee, a senior from Rigby High School, who will perform the Adagio from the Grieg Piano Concerto, and Claire Yoo, an eighth-grader from Taylorview Junior High School, who will perform Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso. Isaac studies piano with Lisa Hardyman, and Claire is a private student of IFS concertmaster Emma Rubinstein. The Idaho Falls Youth Symphony will present two concerts this year: Dances from Around the World on December 6th, and a spring program that will feature Isaac and Claire’s pieces on May 1, 2019. Both performances are free and open to the public and will take place at the Idaho Falls Civic Center for the Performing Arts.

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Flutist, Violinist Win 2018-19 Young Artists Competition

On Saturday, September 29th, eleven finalists in the Idaho Falls Symphony’s Young Artists Competition performed at the Colonial Theater. Violinist Jennifer Ross from the Grand Teton Music Festival and pianist Mark Neiwirth from Idaho State University joined IF Symphony music director Thomas Heuser to judge their performances and select one winner from each division.

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Young Soloists Compete to Perform with IF Symphony

Every other year, the Idaho Falls Symphony presents the Young Artists Competition, a concerto competition in two divisions. The junior division is for students up to eighteen years old (at the time of applying) and the senior division is for college students. Earlier this year, approximately thirty aspiring young musicians submitted video recordings of themselves performing solo works to be reviewed by a panel of judges on behalf of the Idaho Falls Symphony.

To read about the 2018 finalists: 2018 YAC Finalists

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Grant support for the Idaho Falls Symphony’s general operating expenses has been generously provided by the following organizations. To view sponsors of individual events, visit the event page for each event or our thank you page. We appreciate all of the support we receive!