Idaho Falls Symphony Youth Orchestras

Auditions are held in May for the following season, and additional auditions may be held in August for students who are new to Southeast Idaho. We do not typically accept new students during the season. Audition information for 2020-2021 will be released in March or April of 2020.


Idaho Falls Youth Symphony

The Idaho Falls Youth Symphony was founded in 1989 by conductor Eric Wenstrom as the Eastern Idaho Youth Symphony and was later incorporated into the Idaho Falls Symphony Society. The purpose of the Youth Symphony is to provide young musicians a positive, educational, and fulfilling experience as members of a full orchestra. The Youth Symphony also seeks to enhance area school music programs by providing an experience that will challenge the students’ developing musical skills. The Youth Symphony holds an annual concerto competition for student soloists, has commissioned new works for full orchestra, and has featured noted guest artists over the years.

The 2019-2020 Youth Symphony currently consists of seventy area musicians from dozens of schools across Eastern Idaho, and is under the direction of Diane Soelberg.


Idaho Falls Preparatory string orchestra

The Idaho Falls Preparatory String Orchestra was founded in 2019 to respond to the number of students in the community who are interested in performing in the Youth Symphony. During its inaugural season, it will be conducted by Idaho Falls Symphony violinist and local music teacher Annalee Kelly, and currently has approximately thirty-six students. This ensemble is designed to focus on building technique and ensemble skills, both of which are crucial components to a successful audition into the Youth Symphony.

The Idaho Falls Symphony Youth Orchestras are made possible by generous support from many private donors, as well as grants and gifts from local businesses.