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

Allison Emerick, flute Praised by the South Florida Review for her “rich tone and evocative playing,” Allison Emerick is the newly appointed principal flutist of the Boise Philharmonic. 

Ms. Emerick most recently appeared with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston and the New World Symphony, playing under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, James Gaffigan, and Susanna Mälkki. She held the Piccolo Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and School from 2014-2015, where she worked with such musicians as Jeremy Denk, Manfred Honeck, Gil Shaham, Robert Spano, Leonard Slatkin, and Ludovic Morlot. As a winner of the 2012 National Flute Association Master Class Competition, she performed at the NFA Convention in Las Vegas.

Ms. Emerick is an advocate of music education and community outreach. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and experience levels and takes special joy in introducing music to young audiences. She held a flute instructor position with Tomball Independent School District in Houston. In her summers, Ms. Emerick has collaborated with Tunes and Tales, a program that brings children’s stories and improvised music to public library children’s programs in Basalt and Aspen, CO.

Ms. Emerick earned her Master of Music at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and Bachelor of Music at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is wholly indebted to her teachers Jeanne Baxtresser, Christina Jennings, Alberto Almarza, and Jennifer Keeney.

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

John Kilgore, trumpet John Kilgore joins the Boise Philharmonic as Principal Trumpet beginning in the 2017-2018 season. Prior to this appointment, he was a member of the Ocala (FL) Symphony Orchestra and a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the trumpet studio at Florida State University. As an active freelance musician, he has performed with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony, Lexington (KY) Philharmonic as well as additional orchestras in the Greater-Cincinnati and Florida regions. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he completed a Bachelor of Music degree at Ohio University, a Master of Music degree at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and is an ABD Doctoral Candidate in Trumpet Performance at Florida State University. His primary teachers include John Schlabach, Alan Siebert, Philip Collins, and Dr. Christopher Moore. In addition to performing, Mr. Kilgore is a dedicated educator who maintains an active private studio. His students have earned placement at regional and state solo competitions, as well as acceptance into collegiate music programs.

Outside of music, Mr. Kilgore enjoys outdoor activities, cooking, and is a coffee enthusiast. He looks forward to exploring the Boise and Idaho regions. 

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.

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.

Aaron Price, horn Aaron Price is the Associate Principal and 3rd Horn of the Boise Philharmonic, performs with the Boise Philharmonic Brass Quintet, and is a member of the Orchestra at Temple Square, in addition to working as a B2b SaaS Sales professional. He completed his undergraduate studies in horn performance at SUNY Purchase and Utah Valley University. While in NYC, he freelanced often and played on the Broadway show "Follies". Aaron spent 5 summers at the Aspen Music Festival and School as a New Horizons fellow and Principal Horn of the American Academy of Conducting, where he was a student and mentee of John Zirbel, his biggest musical influence. He performed with the National Repertory Orchestra as a fellow in 2015. He sought supplemental horn instruction with Gail Williams, Bill VerMeulen, Andrew Bain, Scott Brubaker, and David Wakefield.

Aaron has won over ten regional and national competitions as a soloist and chamber musician. He has won auditions for and turned down offers with full-time professional musical organizations thanks to the balance he has found performing in Boise and Utah while developing his career in the rapidly growing tech scene in Utah, known as the 'Silicon Slopes.' He is fascinated by and studies principles of elite performance and how they apply across various disciplines. He is an avid hiker, foodie, golfer, table tennis player, beatboxer, GSW fan, a lover of electronic music, and tries to spend as much time as possible with his wife and daughter.

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.

Ned Johnson, Principal Cello Ned holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Utah and a Masters in Cello Performance from the University of Nevada-Reno. He has performed as soloist with the Utah Symphony, the University of Utah Orchestra, the Reno Chamber Orchestra and the Boise Philharmonic. He previously served as Treasure Valley Youth Symphony director/conductor (known today at the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra), performed in nightclub settings for major entertainers in Reno and was principal cellist in the Ashlawn Highland Opera Orchestra in Charlottesville, Virginia.