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Youth and Young Adult Programs
Carma's Kids

Photo courtesy of Kim Critchfield Photography.

About Carma's Kids

Carma’s Kids is a music education program promoted by the Magic Valley Symphony and Magic Valley Symphony League to encourage student musicians and provide opportunities to further their musical studies and broaden their musical horizons.  Carma’s Kids honors the memory of longtime Symphony and League friend, Carma Smith.

Carma's Kids Practice Awards

Carma's Kids

The Carma’s Kids Practice Awards honors students who demonstrate dedication to their instruments through daily practice.  Award winners are recognized at each Symphony concert and in the program materials.  First time honorees receive a medal; subsequent recipients receive a recognition pin for placement on their medal ribbon.

All past and present recipients are encouraged to wear their medals to each Symphony concert.


Students are expected to practice at least five days per week for six consecutive weeks.  Each practice session should be 30 minutes.  Teachers may vary this amount depending on the age and skill of their student.  Students must have their parent or guardian initial after each completed practice session.


A completed Carma's Kids Practice Award Form needs to be submitted, with a parent’s and the music teacher’s signatures.  These forms should be submitted to the program director at least a week before the next Magic Valley Symphony concert by the music teacher.


For more information and forms, contact Tom or Mary Wagoner at (208) 731-8865 or

Magic Valley Youth Orchesra

Photo courtesy of Clark Draney Photography.

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Magic Valley Youth Orchestra

The Magic Valley Youth Orchestra is a community-based, nonprofit organization created over 20 years ago to provide orchestral music experience for the youth of Magic Valley. We strive to enhance school music programs and private lesson instruction by providing a progressive orchestral experience in our four ensembles: Rising Strings, Sinfonietta Strings, Magic Valley Youth Chamber Ensemble and our full orchestra, Magic Valley Youth Orchestra. Music assessments are requested for enrollment in Rising Strings, Sinfonietta Strings and Magic Valley Youth Orchestra. Enrollment in Chamber Ensemble is by audition.

Magic Valley Symphony is proud to have provided financial, coaching, conducting, and emotional support throughout its early years and looks forward to many more successful years as part of the commitment of the Symphony to encouraging early proficiency in young musicians. 

Learn more about the Magic Valley Youth Orchestra here.

Youth Soloist Competition
Youth Soloist Competition

The Magic Valley Symphony highlights outstanding musicians in a concerto competition for young artists held in even-numbered years.  Auditions are held in June and usually consist of a six to ten-minute performance of a piece from the standard, vocal, piano or orchestral instrument repertoire that has a published orchestral accompaniment.


Winners, selected by a panel of accomplished professional musicians, are invited to perform with the Symphony or the Youth Symphony.

The MVS is grateful for the generous support of Seagraves Family Foundation for its underwriting of the competition and scholarships.


Photo courtesy of Kim Critchfield Photography.

We look forward to our 2024 Youth Soloist Competition. Applications must be submitted by May 13, 2024 and auditions will be held in June 8 2024. The winning performances will be heard at our October 2024 concert.

Download the application form here.

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