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The North Idaho Youth Symphony organization is the Panhandle's premier student ensemble. Led by the area's finest educators and a team of parent volunteers, the NIYS provides professional ensemble training and opportunities through rehearsals and coaching from principal players of the Coeur d'Alene Symphony and students and faculty from the University of Idaho. The orchestras perform three to four concerts per year, with programs selected to broaden young musicians’ fluency with the enduring masterworks of the standard orchestral repertoire.



The North Idaho Youth Symphony is committed to providing a quality orchestral experience for the youth of the Inland Empire and to increase opportunities for musical arts expression and education for its members. The North Idaho Symphony organization was founded on the belief that the study of music can be an important part of a young person becoming a well- rounded adult. Performing in a quality musical ensemble promotes intellectual and aesthetic knowledge. It can build many leadership skills such as responsibility, discipline, communication, acceptance and pride, as well as social skills and a sense of community. The NIYS organization is a community of people - musicians, parents and family members, volunteers, financial supporters, and audience members.


A leader in Arts Education for over 25 years!

The North Idaho Youth Symphony was founded in the mid-1990's by a diverse coalition of artists, educators, and community activists who saw the need for an institution devoted to our region’s burgeoning young talent. Although our name was changed to the Coeur d'Alene Youth Orchestra for some time, we continued to serve the Idaho Panhandle and draw in talented musicians from as far South as St. Maries and as far North as Sandpoint. Many great conductors and educators have left their mark on the organization and helped to build a legacy of quality musical education and memorable performances. Our name was changed back in 2018 to NIYS as we continue to serve the greater population of North Idaho.





Weekly orchestra rehearsals with excellent, experienced conductors



Regular sectionals for concentrated study of their music and instruments.



Performing 3 to 4 concerts annually open to the public.

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