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Our Conductors

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 Garett  Christensen     

Rising Strings & Sinfonietta Strings


Garett Christensen

Garett Christensen was born in Twin Falls, Idaho and grew up in Rupert, Idaho.  There he attended Minico High School and became vastly involved in music.  From there he attended Idaho State University where he completed his Bachelor’s of Music Education.  His focus through ISU’s program was on the Viola.  Garett studied viola under Dr. Keum Hwa Cha and finished his studies under Dr. Hyeri Choi.  He studied cello under Dr. Eleanor Cox.  


Garett’s performing career had him in many different ensembles at ISU.  He was a part of the Idaho State Civic Symphony, ISU Chamber Orchestra, and Concert Choir.  Outside of ISU, Garett currently plays with the Magic Valley Symphony, and has played with the Magic Valley Philharmonic in Burley, Idaho.  Some of his favorite performances include being in small groups.  He has played in a quartet and played Alexander Borodin’s String Quartet No. 2.  Another he played was 1st Viola in the Mendelssohn Octet in E-flat Major.  In his senior recital at ISU he performed in a viola quartet playing La Folia, Variations for Viola Quartet arranged by Kimber.  


Garett is excited to serve as a conductor for the Magic Valley Youth Orchestra.  He can't wait to work with the Rising Strings and Sinfonietta Strings ensembles.  Garett looks to continue to develop his career.  He is currently teaching in the Filer School District.  He teaches 5-8 Band courses, 6th Grade General Music, and 7/8th Grade Exploratory courses.  He hopes to continue learning more about conducting and use it more in his career.

 Carson Wong                

Carson Wong

Carson Wong has directed the Magic Valley Chorale, Magic Valley Symphony, Boise Master Chorale, Magic Valley Chamber Orchestra, Burley Magic Philharmonic and the Magic Valley Youth Orchestra. Carson has also served as clinician and adjudicator for high school clinics and festivals.

Carson was born in Hong Kong. He received his M. A. degree from San Jose State College in Conducting and his B. A. degree from University of California at Berkeley in Economics. He taught choral music at Jerome High School (1966-1978); Caldwell High School (1978-1980); and has been teaching at College of Southern Idaho ever since.

Youth Chamber Ensemble


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 Ted Hadley                    

Youth Orchestra Conductor



Ted Hadley holds bachelor's and master's degrees in music from the University of Idaho. He retired in 2014 after 40 years of teaching band, orchestra and guitar students at Canyon Ridge High School and Robert Stuart Middle School in Twin Falls. In 2017 He retired from 40 years as director of the Twin Falls Municipal Band; he enjoyed playing cornet with the group this summer! Hadley has been Music Director and Conductor of the Magic Valley Symphony for 29 years. He plays piano for vocal lessons at CSI and is helping TFPS instrumental teachers to organize their music libraries.

His work with the Magic Valley Youth Orchestra is especially rewarding, working with developing musicians and challenging them to new levels of knowledge, achievement and expression.


Ted serves as publications chairman for the Idaho Music Educators Association, for whom he has also served as president. He was honored by that organization as Idaho Music Educator of the Year in 1992. In 1996 he was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Twin Falls Rotary Club, and has received the MV Arts Council Biennial Mayor’s Award for Arts Community Leadership. He has been recognized as a Mentor Teacher of the Year by the BSU Department of Education. In September of 2012 he was awarded a Governor's Award in the Arts for Support of Arts Education. He enjoys playing French horn in the CSI Symphonic Band.


Hadley is a member of Gideons International and serves in several capacities with the congregation of Community Christian Church.

Our Coaches


Our coaches generously donate many hours of patience, enthusiasm and their love of music to the young musicians in Magic Valley Youth Orchestra. Many thanks to:

Linda Seaman - Viola coach for Chamber Ensemble

Elizabeth Thomsen - Winds, Brass, Percussion coach and assistant conductor for Full Orchestra

Kaylie Steel - Cello coach for Chamber Ensemble, Full Orchestra and Rising Strings

Pernecia Heineman - Violin coach for Rising Strings and Sinfonietta Strings

Coaching help is still needed to assist with Violin 1 and 2 for Sinfonietta Strings and Rising Strings. Please contact us at

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