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Boise girl selected for first-ever National Youth Orchestra, which will tour abroad this summer

Michelle Hembree

Michelle Hembree

The first-ever National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America has been formed, and one Idaho girl was selected to be among 120 participants.

Michelle Hembree, a 16-year-old French horn player from Boise, will participate in a two-week summer training residency at Purchase College, State University of New York. Then she’ll play in a debut performance at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center, followed by an international tour to Moscow, St. Petersburg, and London.

Hembree’s proud father, Kent, said it’s an all-expenses paid program. He shared more about his talented daughter:

Michelle, who has a 4.1 GPA at Boise High School, plays horn in the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.  She’s also a violinist and previously played two years in the Boise High Chamber Orchestra.  She is a varsity volleyball player who also enjoys skiing and hiking.

Her horn teacher is Dr. David Saunders at Boise State University, her dad said.

Members of the National Youth Orchestra, all ages 16 to 19, have been recognized by Carnegie Hall as being among the finest in the country following a comprehensive audition process.

Coming from 42 states, the young musicians will gather to perform June 30 through July 23. They will be led by renowned conductor Valery Gergiev; violinist Joshua Bell will be a special guest soloist.

Find out more about the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

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