Orchestra students between the ages of 13-18 are invited to spend a week rehearsing small ensemble pieces with their peers, culminating in a recital at the end of the week. Students will ultimately take ownership over their rehearsal process and the final performance with the guidance of Dr. Nick Harker in large ensemble rehearsals and Aled Roberts in Chamber Ensembles. The entire camp body will also combine for a large group performance at the end of the week led by Dr. Harker.

Camp Information

Registration Deadline: May 27, 2024

Dates and times: June 3-7, 9am-12pm

Final performance at 6:30pm on Friday, June 7

Location: Ridgevue High School – 18800 Madison Rd, Nampa

Registration Fee: $100 per student

Meet The Directors

Dr. Nick Harker
Artistic Director and Conductor of the Canyon County Symphony
Dr. Nick Harker
Artistic Director and Conductor of the Canyon County Symphony

Nick Harker, one of the co-founders of the Canyon County Symphony, is an innovative and flexible conductor with a decade of experience in professional, community, and educational ensemble conducting. He has not only conducted in orchestral settings but also in the opera and ballet pits, as well as recording and film studios. He recently served as an interim conductor for the College of Idaho Sinfonia and is currently teaching at the prestigious Idaho Arts Charter School. He recently led the Keene State College Chamber Orchestra in New Hampshire and has also held conducting positions with the Salt Lake Symphony, Utah Philharmonic, Utah Philharmonia, West Jordan Symphony, and Evanston Civic Orchestra. He has worked regularly as a clinician and guest conductor with public schools across Idaho, New Hampshire, and Utah. As a violinist, he has performed with the Salt Lake Symphony, Idaho Falls Symphony, West Jordan Symphony, Utah Philharmonic, and others.

Growing up in a musical family, he developed a love of music from an early age. He obtained his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Utah where he studied primarily with Dr. Robert Baldwin, and his Masters in Music in Orchestral Conducting at Brigham Young University, studying under Kory Katseanes and Dr. Don Peterson. As an undergraduate at Brigham Young University-Idaho, he studied violin under Dr. Dallin Hansen and earned an undergraduate degree in music education. Some of his other mentors include Jeffery Meyer, John Nardolillo, Thomas Heuser, Roger Kalia, Mark Gibson, and Kenneth Kiesler.

He is married to his wonderful wife and has two young boys. He also enjoys composing, playing basketball, and skiing.

Aled Roberts
Composer | Orchestra Director at Ridgevue High School | Violinist in the Boise Philharmonic

Aled Roberts is a violinist, composer, and teacher. He studied violin with Marcia von Huene and Jill Rowley before leaving Boise for New York University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in music composition. He is Orchestra Director at Ridgevue High School in Nampa, Idaho where he also teaches guitar and AP Music Theory. He composes music for films and performs with the Boise Philharmonic.