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Our History

In 1997 Judy Call, Sue Miller, Carson Wong and Linda Seaman set out to provide greater musical opportunities for talented students in the Magic Valley. Since that time hundreds of talented musicians have participated in the Magic Valley Youth Orchestra. 

Our Past Presidents, Conductors and Coaches

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 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.

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 Joe Casperson               

Joe Casperson 

Joe Casperson has been the director for Twin Falls High School show choir JIVE for many years. He has also been conducting the orchestra at Robert Stuart Middle School for the past 3 years. Mr. Casperson conducted Rising Strings and Sinfonietta Strings from Fall 2019 until Fall 2021. He brought great enthusiasm to our string ensembles. Thank you, Joe for your great support.

Lori Casperson - 1st Violin coach for Chamber Ensemble and Full Orchestra

Max Hollomon - Viola coach for Chamber Ensemble and Full Orchestra 

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

Erin Johnson - 2nd Violin coach for Chamber Ensemble and Full Orchestra

Jess Nelson - Violin coach for Rising Strings and Sinfonietta Strings

Nicole Gravelle - Cello coach for Rising Strings and Sinfonietta Strings

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