HISTORY

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.