Music Director Search

The Search for a new Music Director ~
We all have a part to play!

The Boise Philharmonic’s quest for new artistic leadership is spearheaded by the Music Director Search Committee. The Committee is composed of 6 musicians chosen by the orchestra from within its ranks, and 6 board members and other community leaders.

Over 200 applications were received from conductors across the United States and from 22 countries around the world. The Committee carefully screened these applications, assessing the candidates’ credentials and how their expertise melded with the artistic vision of the Boise Philharmonic.

This winnowing process eventually produced 16 semi-finalists, and after carefully checking references and interviewing each candidate, the seven finalists were chosen.

During every candidate’s week in Boise, they will be intensively interviewed and assessed by the orchestra, Philharmonic staff, members of the audience, and the Search Committee itself. As an audience member, you can offer your opinions via a printed ballot inserted in the program book, on the BPA website, or by using your smart phone to click on the QR Code linking directly to our online ballot.

We have seven amazing and gifted Music Director candidates. The choice between them will not be easy, but with everyone’s input, the Boise Philharmonic will welcome its new Music Director for the 2017-18 season!

Introducing Our Seven Candidates!

Aram Demirjian

Aram is currently serving as the Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, a position he has held since 2012. Prior to his post in Kansas City, he served on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory, and was Conducting Apprentice at the Handel & Haydn Society in Boston. Tell me more...


Andrés Franco

Andrés is currently the Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Music Director of the Signature Symphony in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received a Bachelor of Music Degree in piano performance from the Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá and two master’s degrees in piano performance and orchestral conducting from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Tell me more...


Eric Garcia

Eric is an associate professor of music at Oklahoma City University, where he is the music director of the university’s orchestra and teaches musical theory. Prior to Oklahoma, he was Assistant Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, the Associate Conductor of the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, and cover conductor at the Pittsburgh Symphony. Tell me more...


Keitaro Harada

Born in Japan, Keitaro Harada came to the United States in his teen years and attended the Interlochen Academy and graduated from Mercer University. He currently serves as the Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony, the Richmond (VA) Symphony, and Arizona Opera in Phoenix. Tell me more...


Michelle Merrill

Hailing from the State of Texas, Michelle currently holds the title of Assistant Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She holds both Bachelor’s and Masters degrees in music from the Meadows School of Music at Southern Methodist University. Tell me more...


Alexander Mickelthwate

Born in Germany, Alexander Mickelthwate is an American citizen and currently the Music Director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Alexander received his degree from the Peabody Institute of Music. He studied conducting under Fredric Prausnitz and Gustav Meier, and Robert Spano at Tanglewood. Tell me more...


Alastair Willis

British native Alastair Willis is currently the Music Director of the Illinois Symphony. Previously, he was associate conductor at both the Seattle Symphony and the Cincinnati Symphony. He is the preferred conductor of acclaimed cellist Yo Yo Ma, and has guest conducted major orchestras in Chicago, St. Louis, Calgary, and Florida. Tell me more...