Welcome to the inaugural season of the Idaho Orchestra Institute. We are so excited that you are interested in this fantastic new program.
Students at IOI get the unique opportunity to work closely with Robert Franz during orchestra rehearsals. He is internationally known for his ability to connect with musicians, and has spent countless hours volunteering in Idaho schools.. Hear what one teacher has to say about Maestro Franz .
I have been so impressed with the impact that Robert Franz has had with my music students during his school visits. He has so much energy and speaks right to the heart of my students, giving them the right tools at the right time to better express themselves as musicians.
Students also spend time with the Faculty Quartet, including violist Jennifer Drake. Jen has been volunteering her time in Idaho schools for over 17 years, frequently serving as a guest clinician.
Jen Drake was my “go to clinician” with students from Caldwell High School. I knew from past experiences that Jen would mesmerize my students with her ability to analyze and solve musical problems using humor and a quick come back that students readily responded to. Her technical knowledge of “how do I make my instrument do that” is always 2 steps in front of the students. Her ability to model tone quality and style with her viola is a valuable tool that gives credibility to her instruction. However, her most valuable characteristic is how she instantly relates to students and gets them to want to be a better orchestra because they want to please her. The likability factor is key to her success. Thank you Jen for contributing to the success of students in Caldwell.