Our goal is to provide young musicians from the Treasure Valley with the opportunity to participate in full orchestra rehearsals and concerts, while being mentored by members of the Meridian Symphony.

We hope to educate and inspire young musicians through exceptional ensemble training and performance opportunities, while helping to grow the school orchestra and band program in the school districts in the Treasure Valley.



  • Tuesday rehearsals 7:00-9:00 PM

  • Meridian High School



  • February 2022

  • Spring 2022



The Meridian Symphony Youth Orchestra is open to students grades 9-12 and begins rehearsals in October

MSYO Membership Guidelines

MSYO Application

MSYO Placement Audition Information

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Christa Walker learned violin in fifth grade school orchestra in Emmett, Idaho. Her high school years were busy with Idaho All-State and All-Northwest Orchestras, Treasure Valley Youth Symphony (now the Boise
Philharmonic Youth Orchestra). She also fiddled and danced with the Pipes and Drums of the Boise Highlanders. Christa attended the University of Idaho for both undergrad and graduate degrees,
completing her Master’s in Music Education in May 2020. She currently teaches Orchestra at Meridian High School and Chief Joseph School of the Arts. Christa reads ravenously, needle felts wool sculptures, explores world string music traditions, and loves attending Comic Cons with her husband and three children.

Greg Hotrum began playing trombone when he was 9 years old. After graduating from Idaho State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in trombone performance, he was given an assistantship at the University of New Mexico. While studying at UNM, he performed with New York Philharmonic trombonist Joe Alessi, and continued his performance career by spending a summer performing in Disneyland. After graduation, he was principal trombonist in the summer Masterworks Performing Artists Festival in Ohio, following by teaching Trombone, Trumpet, History of Electronic Music and Orchestral Repertoire at Sias School of Music in China. By his fourth year in China, he was the assistant conductor of the Sias Symphony Orchestra and teaching conducting to over 60 students. 

After more than ten years in China, Greg has returned to Idaho. He is currently studying Law at the University of Idaho, but still finds time to sub in various performing groups in the Treasure Valley.