Our Conductors

Michael Harrison is an experienced and passionate musician with a varied background as performer, educator and clinician. Mr. Harrison currently serves as the Director of Instrumental Music at the Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy in Northern Idaho where he teaches middle and high school concert band, orchestra and jazz band. This marks his fourth year with the NIYS organization.

Mr. Harrison received his Bachelors degree in Music Education and Trumpet Performance in 2003 from the University of Arizona in Tucson and a Masters degree in conducting from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University. Before relocating with his wife and 2 children, Mr. Harrison previously taught band for 7 years at Utterback Middle School for the Performing Arts in Tucson, Arizona. While in Tucson, he also served as Director of the Tucson Jazzwerx, a community jazz outreach program, and Assistant Director for the Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra.

An accomplished performer and trumpeter, Mr. Harrison has appeared throughout the U.S., Canada and Japan and was featured on the 2009 & 2010 Jerry Lewis MDA National Telethon with the Arizona Roadrunners ‘Jass’ band. His performance experiences are diverse and include the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Disney College All-Star Band, and numerous touring Broadway productions. He has performed onstage with such musical legends as Jerry Lewis, Linda Rondstadt, Art Garfunkel, Wayne Newton, Bernadette Peters, Doc Severinson, Marvin Hamlisch, and The Smothers Brothers. Although his teaching schedule is very demanding, Mr. Harrison can regularly be seen performing with the Hot Club of Spokane and other notable groups around the Inland Northwest and he maintains an extensive private lesson studio.


Shad Frazier is the Director of Instrumental Music at Lakes Magnet Middle School in Coeur d’Alene. Previously he taught general music, 4th/5th grade strings, and choir at Eagle Hills Elementary and was also the assistant director for the Eagle High School Marching Band. The 2017-18 season is his third year with the NIYS.

Shad received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Idaho in Instrumental Music Education. He has been a member of the Idaho Army National Guard since 2009 and serves with the 25th Army Band. He has been selected to be the next Commander of the 25th Army Band and is currently in training. His primary instrument in alto saxophone and he plays with the jazz combo Snake River Jazz. Shad has also had the opportunity to perform with the Silver Saxophone Quartet at a North American Saxophone Alliance conference, the Panhandle Symphony Orchestra, the Boise Modern Jazz Ensemble, and the Boise Philharmonic with Curtis Stigers. He lives with his wife, daughter, and two dogs in Kingston, ID.


The 2017-18 season marks Kristina Phillips 12th year with the NIYS. She received her Bachelors of Music Education from Pacific Lutheran University and received her Masters Degree from the American Band College at Southern Oregon University. She has taught band and orchestra in the public schools in Tacoma, Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. Currently, Kristina is one of two 5th grade Strings teachers in the Coeur d’Alene School District.

Kristina is principal bassist with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony, has served as principal cellist of the Coeur d’Alene Symphony, and is a regular performer with Opera Coeur d’Alene and the Lake City String Quartet. She also maintains a large private teaching studio in Coeur d’Alene. She and her husband Jim live in Coeur d’Alene with their four children.


2018-19 Board and Staff

If you are interested in joining the Board, please contact a current Board Member.

Vice President
Treasurer Teresa Janzen janzen4@gmail.com 208-818-2831
Board Member Sarah Halsted  sehalsted@outlook.com 253-380-9025
Philharmonic Conductor Michael Harrison mharrison@cdacharter.org 208-449-6591
Philharmonic Manager
Intermezzo Conductor Shad Frazier shad.fraziercjo@gmail.com 509-421-0883
Intermezzo Manager
Debut Conductor Kristina Phillips kmphil@hotmail.com 208-660-9295
Debut Manager

Our Mission

The North Idaho Youth Symphony provides North Idaho’s most talented and dedicated music students an outlet to perform masterworks. Since it was founded over 20 years ago, it has grown into 3 distinct ensembles at varied skill levels with students ranging in age from elementary to college. The non-profit organization relies heavily on a tuition paid by its members, the generosity of local businesses and donors, and a volunteer staff of dedicated parents to maintain its operations.

Our Philosophy

The NIYS was founded on the belief that the study of music can be an important part of a young person becoming a well-rounded adult. Performing in a quality musical ensemble promotes intellectual and aesthetic knowledge. It can build many leadership skills such as responsibility, discipline, communication, acceptance and pride, as well as social skills and a sense of community. The NIYS is a community of people – musicians, parents and family members, volunteers, financial supporters, and audience members.