The Meridian Symphony Orchestra is a 70-member ensemble dedicated to enriching the cultural life of our community and region by providing quality entertainment in a family-friendly, educationally focused environment. We are an all-volunteer orchestra, with members from a diverse range of backgrounds, that performs “for the love of it.” The Meridian Symphony presents four concerts during its regular season, including a spring concert featuring winners of the Young Artists Competition, plus a summer outdoors concert.
We invite you to learn more about our musicians and the 30-year history of our orchestra.
Now in his eighth season, Maestro Ogle has brought a new level of excitement to the Meridian Symphony, expanding the orchestra’s repertoire and presenting concerts that are entertaining, inspiring and challenging. Jim served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Boise Philharmonic for 20 seasons, and upon his retirement in 2007 was named Conductor Emeritus. He is currently the Director of Development for the Honors College and Arts at Boise State University.
Jenny Iorga, a native of Washington, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from La Sierra University in Southern California where she studied with Lyndon Johnston Taylor. Jenny earned a Master’s degree in Violin Pedagogy from Boise State University, studying with Craig Purdy.
The opportunity for a young musician to appear in concert as a soloist with a symphony orchestra is both extremely valuable and quite rare. The Meridian Symphony is proud to sponsor an annual Young Artists Competition, open to students through grade 12 from Southwest Idaho.
Top winners in both junior and senior categories will perform with the Meridian Symphony during its spring concert on April 25, 2020. Always an audience favorite, the concert showcases some of the amazing young talent in our area, is highly entertaining, and serves as an inspiration to other young musicians.
The Meridian Symphony Orchestra began in March 1990, under the direction of Anna Gray, as a string ensemble of 25 members drawn from all walks of life. For the ensuing five years, the Symphony assisted with the development of Meridian School District orchestra programs, which provided lessons and training orchestras for elementary and junior high school students.
In 1995, Richard Roller assumed the artistic leadership of the organization and established the current four-concert season. Under his leadership, the orchestra grew to over seventy members, ages ranging from 15 to 86.
Tom Phelps became the third Artistic Director and Conductor of the Meridian Symphony in 2003. An accomplished musician and conductor, Tom also taught music in public schools for many years. Under his able leadership, the Symphony expanded its performance schedule to other venues in the Treasure Valley.
Tom was the driving force behind the creation of a Young Artist Competition, which each spring showcases some of the area’s most talented young musicians in performance with the Meridian Symphony. Tom’s contribution to the growth of the Symphony is immeasurable.
At the opening of its 2012-2013 season, the Meridian Symphony introduced its next artistic director and conductor, Maestro James Ogle. The former longtime artistic director of the Boise Philharmonic, Jim brings a wealth of talent and experience to the Symphony. His excitement, passion and love of music inspires our musicians, our audience and our community.