Boise Philharmonic Ensembles

Langroise Trio

Established in 1991 with a gift from arts patron Gladys Langroise, the Langroise Trio are Artists-in-residence at The College of Idaho, where they form the string faculty. They have performed on chamber music series in Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, their fourth CD is in the planning stage, and the Trio was one of the first groups to give an "internet archived" concert on the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center.

With its personnel among some of the foremost musicians in the country, the Langroise Trio offers an eclectic repertoire. Contemporary works by Idaho composers Jim Cockey and David Alan Earnest have been written especially for them and they stylishly play music from the Romantic, Classical, Baroque and Renaissance eras as well.

The Langroise Trio's residency at C of I provides a unique chamber music emphasis with coaching sessions, weekly master classes and performances. The residency allows students direct access to members of the Trio and offers intensive training in violin, viola and cello within a traditional liberal arts curriculum. In addition, advanced students are encouraged to audition for a Boise Philharmonic internship enabling them to perform with a metropolitan-level professional orchestra while in college.

Geoffrey Trabichoff is Concertmaster of the Boise Philharmonic. He is the former concertmaster of the BBC Scottish Symphony and former leader of the Paragon Ensemble of Scotland. Geoffrey has broadcast numerous concertos for the BBC. He has been guest concertmaster of the Royal Philharmonic and the London Symphony as well as the Northern Sinfonia, BBC Welsh and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras. He also served as concertmaster of the Mannheim Chamber and Hanover State Orchestras in Germany.

David Johnson has been principal violist of the Iceland Symphony and the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic, and a member of the Freimann Quartet. David was assistant principal violist for the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago and holds a Master of Music degree from Indiana University. He has been a featured soloist on numerous occasions and a featured artist on Iceland National Radio Broadcasts.

Samuel Whitney Smith is a member of the Langroise Trio in residence at the College of Idaho where he teaches cello and chamber music and conducts the College of Idaho Sinfonia. The Langroise Trio, founded in 1991, has performed on concert series across the country including the Kennedy Center. They have performed ten world premieres, produced four CDs and have been selected to showcase at the Arts Northwest Conference.

In addition to performing a regular concert schedule with the Langroise Trio, Samuel serves as Associate Principal Cello with the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra.

Prior to coming to Idaho, Smith served as Principal Cello with the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic and was a member of the Freimann String Quartet. While in Ft. Wayne he was a frequent soloist on subscription concerts performing concerti by Haydn, Saint- Saens, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich as well as the Brahms Double Concerto and the Triple Concerto of Beethoven. During this time Samuel also a served as Assistant Principal and Section Cello with the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago.

Samuel was a founding member of the Northeast Indiana Chamber Festival, co-founder of Chamber Music at Paradise Point and founder and Artistic Director of the Sawtooth Cello Festival which combined the study of cello and martial arts. He has served on the cello faculty of the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory and currently conducts the Sun Valley Youth Orchestra.

Mr. Smith has been featured soloist on numerous occasions with Idaho ensembles including Idaho Dance Theatre, Idaho Falls Symphony, Boise Baroque Orchestra and the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra. As soloist with the Boise Philharmonic he has performed concerti by Saint-Saens, Shostakovich and Barber as well as a concerto written for him by David Alan Earnest. Most recently Samuel performed as cello soloist in Strauss’ Don Quixote.

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Woodwind Quintet

Jessica Polin, flute Northwest native Jessie Polin currently holds the position of principal flute with the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra in Boise, Idaho, where she has also played piccolo and second flute. Dividing her time between Seattle and Boise, Ms. Polin also performs regularly with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, and the Seattle Modern Orchestra. As an active soloist, Ms. Polin has made solo appearances with the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra, the Tacoma Young Artists Orchestra, the West Seattle Community Orchestra, and at the Lake Chelan Bach Festival. An ardent proponent of contemporary music, Ms. Polin was a guest artist on the Seattle Symphony’s [untitled] contemporary music series as well as regular performer with ACME (the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble). Additionally, she has participated in interviews and live performances on Seattle’s KING FM Classical Music radio station. In addition to her performance career, Ms. Polin is a charismatic educator and maintains an active teaching schedule. She currently teaches on Bainbridge Island, Washington at the Rolling Bay Music Cooperative. Her current students hold principal seats with the Tacoma Youth Symphony, regularly compete at the State Solo and Ensemble Contest, and are participants in well known national music festivals such as Aria and the Oberlin Flute Academy. Ms. Polin also teaches in Seattle and is demand as a clinician at local major universities including Boise State University and the University of Washington as well as for local private flute studios and public school instrumental music programs. Additionally, Ms. Polin holds a faculty position at the Evergreen Music Festival held at Central Washington University where she teaches applied flute lessons, chamber music, and music theory. She has also served as an adjudicator for the Seattle Flute Society’s competitions. Ms. Polin holds a Bachelor of Music from Arizona State University and a Master of Music from the University of Washington. Her teachers include Dr. Elizabeth Buck, Donna Shin, Dr. Zart Dombourian-Eby, and Karla Flygare.

Carmen Izzo, clarinet Carmen Izzo was appointed as Principal Clarinet of the Boise Philharmonic in 2015. He previously was Co-Principal Clarinet of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Nishinomiya, Japan. During this time he extensively toured Japan, and was featured on the television program Daimei no Nai Ongakukai. In 2014, Carmen was selected by Maestro Yutaka Sado as a featured soloist for the Hyogo Performing Arts Center recital series. In previous years, he's played at the Aspen Music Festival and in 2008 he was the winner of the International Clarinet Association's Orchestral Competition. From 2006 to 2008, Carmen was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, notably working with the MusiCorps program, traveling to Chicago area under-served communities and schools for educational concerts. Carmen has also performed with numerous other orchestras including the Virginia Symphony, Chicago Opera Theatre, Macao Orchestra, Kyushu Symphony, and the Nagoya Philharmonic. He has worked and collaborated with artists such as Pierre Boulez, Myung Whun Chung, Osvaldo Golijov Bernard Haitink, Sir Neville Marriner, Leonard Slatkin, and Michael Tilson Thomas. Carmen holds a Bachelor of Music from DePaul University and a Master of Music from the University of Southern California. His principal teachers include Larry Combs, Julie DeRoche, and Yehuda Gilad.

Peter Stempe, oboe Peter is originally from Victorville, California, where he started his career as second oboe in the Victor Valley High School Jackrabbit Concert Band. He graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Music Performance degree. He served in Berlin with the 298th Army Band, and then earned a Master’s degree at Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford. His principal teachers were Russell Howland; Bert Lucarelli; and Lothar Koch.

Peter has been a member of the Hartford Symphony, Hartford Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, New Orleans Symphony and the Kansas City Philharmonic and has taught at Wesleyan and Tulane Universities. Since 1978 he has been Principal Oboe of Oregon's Sunriver Music. He has soloed with orchestras around the country, performing the concerti of Marcello, Vivaldi, Handel, Strauss, and Vaughan Willliams. Peter is adjunct faculty at Northwest Nazarene University and College of Idaho and has been a Real Estate agent for over 25 years.

Patty Katucki, bassoon Patty is currently Principal Bassoon with the Boise Philharmonic. She grew up on the north shore of Long Island surrounded by trees, salt water and music. Her father was a big band sax player, cocktail pianist and public school band director, her mother sang 40’s standards while cooking and her brother is a jazz trumpet player. Performing Sibelius’s Second Symphony under Leonard Bernstein during one of her two summers at the Tanglewood Music Center was one of the highlights of her musical life. Being in the wilderness with horses and dogs is the highlight of the rest of her life. She teaches music at Galileo Math and Science Magnet School in Eagle, where she lives with her husband and best friend Rick and their many furry, four-footed children. She enjoys endurance horseback riding, dogs, swimming, whitewater canoeing and reading. Her one wish: more hours in a day.

Brian Vance, horn Brian Vance is an experienced horn instructor and Principal Horn of the Boise Philharmonic. He has also performed with the Akron Symphony (OH), Alma Symphony (MI), Battle Creek Symphony (MI), Boise Baroque Orchestra (ID), Canton Symphony (OH), Erie Philharmonic (PA), Ohio Ballet (OH), Jackson Symphony (MI), McCall Summerfest Orchestra (ID), Minneapolis Pops (MI), Minnesota Sinfonia (MN), Monterey Symphony (CA), Opera Idaho (ID), Plymouth Canton Symphony (MI), Symphony Silicon Valley (San Jose, CA), Taichung City Symphony (Taiwan), Traverse Symphony (MI), Walla Walla Symphony (WA), Warren Philharmonic (OH), Wheeling Symphony (WV), West Virginia Symphony (WV), West Michigan Symphony (MI), Wuhan Philharmonic (China) and Youngstown Symphony (OH). Prior to moving to Idaho, Brian taught elementary, middle school and high school students in Ohio and Michigan (Community Music School at Michigan State University)

Brass Quintet

Brad Peters, trumpet Brad began piano lessons at age 5 and switched to the trumpet at 10. His orchestral career began as Principal trumpet and soloist with the Wisconsin Youth Orchestra, then he joined the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. After moving to California for further studies, Brad became a member of the Sacramento Symphony and has since performed with the San Diego Symphony, Oakland Symphony, San Jose Symphony, as well as concerts and recordings with the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera. Other appearances include the Lake Tahoe Music Festival, Music from Bear Valley, Carmel Bach Festival, Grand Tetons Music Festival and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. His touring includes performances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center as well as appearances in Taiwan, Russia, Slovekia, and Prague. Brad also has a love of jazz and has worked with Dave Brubeck, Cab Callaway. Mel Torme and Arturo Sandoval. Along with appearances in New Zealand, Brad recently performed several times in Sydney Australia.

James Smock, trumpet Having recently relocated from Portland, James Smock has enjoyed a varied career as a trumpeter for symphony orchestras, Elvis impersonators, chamber ensembles, and rodeo bands. Since 2010 Mr. Smock has been the principal trumpet of the Portland Chamber Orchestra, concert highlights including “Frankenstein!” (H.K. Gruber) and “The Diary of Anne Frank” (Grigory Frid). Mr. Smock also is also an audience favorite at the PCO’s annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah.”

Mr. Smock has toured internationally with the nationally acclaimed, award winning Elvis impersonator Justin Shandor, and can also be heard serenading oxen and wild horses every year at the Happy Canyon Indian Pageant and Wild West Show at the famous Pendleton Round-Up. He’s played with the Des Moines Metro Opera, the Oregon Symphony, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Washington Chamber Orchestra, and the Britt Festival Orchestra.

The 2014 season marks the beginning of Mr. Smock’s tenure as the Associate Principal trumpet of the Boise Philharmonic. In Idaho, he has also performed with the Boise Baroque Orchestra and the McCall Music Festival Orchestra.

Philip Kassel, horn Originally from Culpeper, Virginia, Philip joined the Boise Philharmonic in 2010 as 2nd horn. During his first season with the Philharmonic, he was the featured horn soloist in their performance of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for winds. He has performed regularly as a freelance artist throughout the United States and has played with many chamber and orchestral groups. Philip has performed with the Sun Valley Opera Orchestra, Wicked the Musical, Opera Idaho, Chicago Classical Philharmonic, Oistrach Symphony Orchestra, Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra, and Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra. He also has been heard on public radio broadcasts with the Boise Philharmonic and the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra.

George Turner, trombone George has been Principal Trombone with the Boise Philharmonic since 1988, been a substitute in the Phoenix Symphony and free lanced with groups and artists from the American Ballet to Doc Severinson. His primary trombone instructors were Ed Kleinhammer of the Chicago Symphony, Gail Wilson of Arizona State University and Tasso Harris of the University of Denver. George has been a faculty member at Northwest Nazarene University for 36 Years teaching music theory and low brass. He and his wife Karla have four children and reside in Nampa where she is a 3rd grade teacher. Hobbies include mountain biking, fly fishing, and hiking.

Adam Snider, tuba Adam became the Principal Tuba of the Boise Philharmonic in 2015, and holds that position with the Lancaster (OH) Festival Orchestra. He has been a member of the Honolulu and La Crosse (WI) Symphony Orchestras, and has performed with the Utah, Alabama, and Traverse (MI) Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Adam currently teaches at Boise State University and University of Nevada, Reno. He has given master classes and coachings across the U.S. as well as in China, Japan, and Chile. Adam has earned degrees from the University of Utah, Western Michigan University, and The Boston Conservatory. When not performing, teaching, or updating the website, Adam enjoys hiking with DeAunn and their dog, Gizmo; cooking; exploring audio engineering; and studying the finer points of brewing coffee.

String Quartet

Chia-Li Ho, Associate Concert Master A native of Taiwan, Chia-Li Ho received a Master’s of Music in Violin Performance from The Boston Conservatory where she also studied string pedagogy with Rictor Noren. After receiving her master's degree, she studied privately with Ronan Lefkowitz who is a renowned violinist from The Boston Symphony Orchestra. A year later, she won the Associate Concertmaster position with the Boise Philharmonic in the fall of 2013. As an orchestral musician, Chia-Li has led string sectionals and orchestras as a principal in Asia, Germany, and the U.S., and has been co-concertmaster of the Boston Civic Symphony, assistant concertmaster in Round Top Festival, assistant principal second violin in National Repertoire Orchestra and in Summer 2014, she is joining one of the most well regarded professional opera orchestras - the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra. With her new position with the Boise Philharmonic, she is excited to be a part of the wonderful music community here and maintains a studio with highly motivated students.

Geoffrey Hill, Principal Second Violin Geoffrey grew up Portland, Oregon, where he began playing the violin at age 11. Inspired by the Oregon Symphony's regular outstanding performances there, he decided by age 16 to pursue music as a professional career. In 2008, Geoffrey enrolled as a music student at the College of Idaho, where he studied privately for four years with the Boise Philharmonic's Concertmaster, Geoffrey Trabichoff. In 2010, he won his first audition with the orchestra, and for two years served in the Philharmonic's first violin section. In 2012, he graduated with Bachelor's Degrees in both Music and History, and in the following months won the position of Principal Second Violin in the Boise Philharmonic - a title which he is thrilled and honored to hold. In addition to the Boise Philharmonic, Geoffrey performs regularly with the Boise Baroque Orchestra, the Opera Idaho orchestra, the Oregon East Symphony, the McCall Summerfest Orchestra, and Classical Revolution: Boise. When not performing or practicing, he enjoys hiking and biking, cooking, and history.

Lindsay Bohl, Associate Principal Viola Lindsay had no idea what the viola was when it was chosen for her (by her mother), but as soon as she learned to play it, she fell in love with it and promptly quit her piano lessons. After completing her Master's Degree from Northwestern University, Lindsay won a position with the New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. It was there that she discovered her passion for playing in an orchestra and a strange enjoyment of practicing orchestral excerpts for several hours every day. Other highlights of Lindsay's career include performing with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, and playing "Hava Nagila" for Itzhak Perlman. Lindsay currently serves as the Associate Principal Viola of the Boise Philharmonic. In addition to playing in the orchestra, she maintains a private studio of viola and violin students. When she's not practicing excerpts, Lindsay enjoys cooking with her husband, Michael, crocheting, and hanging out with her cat, Millie.

Micah Claffey, Associate Principal Cello Micah began his cello studies with Samuel Smith (LangroiseTrio) in Boise, ID and in 2002 became a member of the Boise Philharmonic. He went on to study music at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee where he obtained his Bachelor of Music in cello performance from the Blair School of Music. At Vanderbilt, he was winner of the collegiate concerto competition and the Jean and Alexander Heard Prize. In 2010, he obtained his Masters in cello performance from Rice University in Houston Texas while studying with Norman Fischer. He has performed in many major cities in the United States, Mexico, China, and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Since 2002, Mr.Claffey has been the Classical Music Director at Idaho Fine Arts Academy in Eagle, Idaho. He is currently Assistant Principal cellist of the Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra, a founding member of the Boise Cello Collective, and recently appointed Associate Principal cellist of the Boise Philharmonic for the 2016-2017 season.