The ISCS Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Julie Sorensen, provides the area’s best music students an opportunity to play a more challenging repertoire than is possible with an orchestra from a single school. The experience of regular rehearsals and concert performances challenges their developing musical skills and enhances their school music programs. Rehearsals are Tuesday afternoon, at ISU's Stephens Performing Arts Center - Jensen Grand Concert Hall, with a final concert each semester.
Young musicians who take part in the program consistently rate it as a positive, educational, and fulfilling experience.
Julie Sorensen joined the music faculty at Idaho State University in the fall of 2011 as an Assistant Lecturer in Music Theory, Aural Skills and Music Appreciation. In the fall of 2015 Julie became the applied instructor of flute at ISU, where she teaches a strong studio of flutists and is the artistic director of the ISU flute choir. As a chamber and orchestral musician Julie performs with the City Creek Winds faculty wind quintet and is the principal flute for the Idaho State-Civic Symphony. She was the orchestra director for the ISU spring production of Into the Woods and in the fall of 2012 Julie organized and directed the first full student chamber symphony orchestra at ISU.
Julie comes to ISU from Lubbock Texas where she studied for her PhD in Fine Arts with a specialty in Orchestral Conducting from Texas Tech University. While in Lubbock, Julie also served as the Assistant Conductor for the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra where she conducted for family, children's and holiday concerts. Julie holds a B.A. in Music and flute performance from the University of Wyoming and a M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.