I settled in Boise in 1996, when my husband David Saunders accepted a position as horn instructor and music history professor at Boise State, and I joined the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra that year as a member of the first violin section.

Previous to that, my professional life included years spent in the violin section of the San Diego Symphony, as principal second violin of the Nashville Symphony, and as a violinist with the Albany, NY Symphony, the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra, the Cleveland Opera Orchestra. Fun non-symphonic gigs I have worked at include eight years as a studio musician in Nashville, TN, and several years playing musical shows in Cleveland's Palace Theater. Currently, besides performing with the Boise Philharmonic, I serve as concertmaster of the Opera Idaho orchestra, and perform as a member of the New Hampshire Music Festival. I also teach music full time in the Boise School District. I have a BM degree from San Diego State University, and a Masters of Music from Boston University, where I was a student of Joseph Silverstein.

What is your favorite composer/genre? I have always loved symphonic music--which is why I became a symphony orchestra musician! There is no grander feeling than being part of something so much larger than yourself--and large music is the best. Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak and Mahler symphonies. Operas of Puccini, Verdi and Mozart. And all flavors of contemporary music!

Tell us a little about yourself (hobbies, interests, etc.): I enjoy the outdoors, and spend a large part of the summer exploring the trails in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, as well as in California and Idaho. If camping and fishing in mountain creeks and lakes can be included in the package, I am very happy!

At home I enjoy cooking, gardening and reading in what little spare time I can find! I am often busy with activities for my school orchestras, arranging music, searching for recordings, planning lessons, studying scores. It's a full life.

Contact info for students seeking lessons: saundp53@gmail.com or 208-954-0412