Icicle Creek Youth Symphony

The Icicle Creek Youth Symphony is still on hiatus…. We hope to see you again Fall 2022!

Youth Symphony

The Icicle Creek Youth Symphony is in its 25th 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.

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!

Weekly Rehearsals:
Sundays, 4:30-7:00PM (arrive at 4:15)
Music and Art Center (MAC)
Wenatchee Valley College (1300 Fifth Street, Wenatchee, WA)

Fall Session 2019

New Student Auditions: September 22, 3:00pm (WVC)
Mentor/Concert Master Auditions: September 29, 3:00pm (WVC)

Rehearsals: 4:30-7:00pm
September 22, 29
October 6, 13, 20, 27
November 3

Overnight Retreat: Saturday and Sunday, November 9-10, 2019
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts – 7409 Icicle Rd., Leavenworth
Arrive at 12:15pm

Dress Rehearsal:  November 10, 1:00pm

Fall Concert: Sunday, November 10, 3:00pm
Snowy Owl Theater, ICCA Campus
Admission by donation

Spring Session 2020

New Student Auditions: January 26, 3:00pm (WVC)

Rehearsals: 4:30-7:00pm
January 26
February 2, 9, 16, 23
March 1, 8

Overnight Retreat CANCELLED: Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15, 2020
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts – 7409 Icicle Rd., Leavenworth
Arrive at 12:15pm

Dress Rehearsal:  March 15, 1:00pm

Spring Concert CANCELLED: Sunday, March 15, 3:00pm
Snowy Owl Theater, ICCA Campus
Admission by donation

Welcome to Youth Symphony! We are excited to have you join us! New student auditions will take place prior to the first rehearsal of the session. See our schedule for exact day/time. Please prepare a solo or etude that shows your best playing and two scales (two octaves, if possible). If you are joining us mid-season, please arrive to rehearsal by 3:30pm for your audition. You may try one rehearsal for free (prior to your audition and registering) if you would like to see if Youth Symphony is a good fit for you! Email Annie Chalmers for more information or to schedule your audition: annie@icicle.org

$220 per session 
Tuition Includes: Overnight Retreat (Fall), 8-9 rehearsals, help from coaches on a weekly basis, viewing of National Theatre’s production of Peter Pan on the Snowy Owl Theater screen, and more!

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, you will both receive the discount after internal processing of registrations! Thanks for helping us get the word out! *Referred friends need to be NEW to ICYO.

Deposit and Payments
A $25 deposit is required at the time of registration. This is required even if you are applying for a scholarship.

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 near the end of the online registration form. To submit your scholarship application and complete your registration, you will be required to pay the $25 registration fee. After internal processing of registrations, you will be notified of your scholarship status and a link to pay any remaining balance will be emailed to you .

Auditions for mentors will be held at the WVC MAC (1300 Fifth Street, Wenatchee, WA). Please see the schedule for details.

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 complete the online registration.

Please email Annie Chalmers to arrange an audition: annie@icicle.org

ICYS 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 - 2018 Coaches

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.