Icicle Creek Youth Orchestra

Fall: Sept. 25 – Nov. 13 / Spring: Jan. 22 – Mar. 26

Youth Orchestra 2016-2017

The Icicle Youth Orchestra (ICYO) is in its 22nd year of providing quality orchestral music instruction to students throughout North Central Washington. Students work closely with a conductor, coaches and mentors in an inviting and enriching environment. The fall and spring sessions feature weekly rehearsals, an overnight and a day retreat, and two public concerts.


Youth Symphony

Annie Chalmers, Conductor
This ensemble is designed for instrumentalists with intermediate to advanced skills, typically students at an 9th grade-level and above. In addition to the full rehearsals, students will get instruction from our talented coaches.  String, brass, woodwind, double reed and percussion instrumentalists are invited to join us!

Symphony Orchestra Schedule 2016-2017
Rehearsal Location
Music and Art Center (MAC)
Wenatchee Valley College (1300 Fifth Street, Wenatchee, WA)

Rehearsal Times
Symphony Orchestra: 4:00-6:30PM

Fall Dates 2016
Rehearsals (Sundays)
– Sept. 25
– Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & Nov. 6

Fall Overnight Retreat  
Saturday- Sunday, Nov. 12-13, ICCA Campus, Leavenworth

Fall Concert  
Sunday, Nov. 13, 4:00PM, Snowy Owl Theater, ICCA Campus

Spring Dates 2017
Rehearsals (Sundays)
– January 22, 29
– February 5, 12, (Not 19), 26
– March 5, 12

Spring Retreat  
– March 19th, 1:00-5:00PM
ICCA Campus, Leavenworth

Spring Concert
March 26, 6:00PM
Numerica Performing Arts Center (PAC)
123 N. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee, WA

Auditions will be done in a casual group setting and done during the first rehearsal with the coaches. Please choose the group that you feel is the best fit for your age and ability. Coaches and conductors will communicate with student and parents if a change is needed. There will be auditions for mentors, see information below.

Concertmaster Auditions
Details will be announced soon.

  • Symphony- $220 (Fall overnight retreat included)

Refer A Friend Discount!

  • Refer a friend and you will both receive a 10% discount!  Please indicate your friend’s name on the registration page and they need to mention your name. Once both people have registered, your account will reflect the savings! Thanks for helping us get the word out! *Refered friends need to be NEW to ICYO.

Deposit and Payments
A $25 deposit and a $4.95 Active.com registration fee is required at the time of registration ($29.95). This is required even if you are applying for a scholarship.  You can log in to Active.com at any time and make a payment. All unpaid balances are due no later than 3/13/2017. Credit cards on file will be automatically billed at this time.

ICYO is proud to offer scholarships to assist deserving students and families with the financial costs associated with ICYO membership. The scholarship application is located at the bottom of the online registration form. A coupon code will be be emailed to you after you register.

Auditions for mentors will be held on a Sunday in October at the WVC MAC (1300 Fifth Street, Wenatchee, WA). More information will be coming as we get closer.

The Icicle Creek Youth Symphony’s mentor program was established in 2013 to provide an opportunity for upper level high school and college students to develop their coaching, teaching and encouragement skills in the youth symphony setting. Leadership responsibilities and duties include assisting in leading sectionals, playing chamber music as needed for events, interacting with the coaches and directors in maintaining a high level of performance expectations, helping with music distribution and rehearsal setups, and maintaining a professional level of attendance and reliability.

Audition with a major and minor scale, and two pieces of contrasting tempo that showcase your ability. Mentors will receive a scholarship to cover tuition and must register.

ICYO is committed to supporting the public and private school music programs of NCW. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in their school music programs.

Learn From the Pros


Annie Chalmers

Program Director, Conductor
Annie Chalmers received her bachelor’s degree in music education at the University of Idaho and her master’s degree in conducting from the American Band College at Southern Oregon University.  Read More »

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Maija Henderson

Violin Coach
Maija Henderson comes from Connecticut where she received a B.S. Music Education and a B.A. Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut.


Meredith Hunnicutt

Low Strings Coach
Meredith Hunnicutt is a native of Wenatchee, Washington. She started playing the cello when she was seven and has just earned her Master’s Degree in Cello Performance and Pedagogy from Central Washington University.

Kent Chalmers

Kent Chalmers

Brass/Percussion Coach
Kent Chalmers is currently the director of instrumental music at Cashmere High School and Middle School. He received his undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Idaho where he studied with Bob McCurdy and Daniel Bukvich.


Beth Jensen

Flute Coach
Beth Jensen is in her 49th year as owner and teacher of the Columbia Flute Studio in Wenatchee. She served for 22 years as manager and executive director of the Wenatchee Valley Symphony and is the conductor of the Wenatchee High School Symphony Orchestra and the WHS Chamber Orchestra.

Josh Cozart

Josh Cozart

Clarinet Coach
Joshua Cozart is currently a clarinetist with the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra and teaches privately from his studio, Cozart Winds. He began playing the clarinet and saxophone in 1990 and has had the good fortune of studying with many great teachers.

John Dimond

John Dimond

Double Reed Coach
John Dimond holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in oboe performance from the University of Illinois. After graduating he attended the Tanglewood Music Festival where he studied with Ralph Gomberg of the Boston Symphony and performed with the Fellowship orchestra.