Whether you are joining us for the first time or returning after summer break, I welcome you. Your child is on their way to a magical musical adventure. Please come along and enjoy the journey with us. Your support and encouragement are keys to developing habits for success. We are looking forward to a noteworthy year!

Concert Dates (all concerts are at Capital unless noted)

October 9, 7:00 PM – Fall Concert

November 13, 7:00 PM – Quadrant Concert with Riverglen

December 10, 3:15 PM – Christmas Dress Rehearsal (Symphonic)

December 11, 7:00 PM – Christmas Concert with Choirs (Symphonic)

February 26, 7:00 PM – Festival Concert

February 27, time TBA – District III Orchestra Festival (location TBA)

March 7-10 - Symphonic and Chamber Orchestra trip (Portland, tentative)

April 25, 7:00 PM – Spring Concert featuring our senior soloists

May 1 or 2, 4:00 PM – Music Week rehearsal; Timberline (Chamber)

May 6, 3:45 PM – Music Week rehearsal at TACO BELL ARENA (Chamber)

May 7, 6:55 PM – Music Week concert at TACO BELL ARENA (Chamber)

May 13, 7:00 PM – Music Department Pops Concert and Awards

TBA Graduation Ceremony   we were amazing last year!

Other dates:

January 30 - February 2- Idaho All-State Orchestra, BYU-Idaho (auditioned group)

February 14-17 - All Northwest Honor Orchestra, Portland, OR (auditioned group)

March 13 (?), time TBA – Solo and Ensemble Festival (location TBA)

May 4, time TBA – State Solo Competition (district finalists only)


Sandy Shoen grew up in Missoula, MT and started her orchestra journey in the fifth grade as a violist.  She switched to the string bass in sixth grade, which became her principal instrument. Sandy also joined the band program in middle school as a trumpeter.  This experience led her to join the jazz band, pep band, marching band (where she was a drum major) and the symphony orchestra at Hellgate High School in Missoula.  After graduating from the University of Montana, Sandy taught band and orchestra in Bozeman, MT before attending graduate school at the Boise State University. She is currently the director of orchestras at Koelsch Elementary, Mountain View Elementary and Capital High School in Boise.  Sandy has been the previous director of the Junior High Honor Orchestra, the organizing chair for the Idaho All-State Orchestra, the secretary of the Idaho Music Educators, the string chairman for the District III Music Educators, and coached the Color Guard at Capital. As a professional bassist, Sandy has played in the Missoula, Billings, Bozeman, Butte and Great Falls Symphony Orchestras.  Through these symphony orchestras Sandy has performed with the Moody Blues and country artist Trisha Yearwood. She has been an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor in Montana and Idaho. This year, Sandy was one of sixteen conductors selected to participate in the New York Conductor’s Institute. Sandy also worked for the USFS Forest Service for eight seasons as a fire technician.


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