Eric Garcia conductor
Boise Phil Wind Quintet
Margaret Gawrysiak mezzo-soprano
Boise Phil Master Chorale

Jessie MONTGOMERY Banner
Valerie COLEMAN Phenomenal Women for Wind Quintet Soli and Chamber Orchestra
Lili BOULANGER Psalm 130: Du fond de l’abîme 

Concert Description

Throughout history, women have shaped and changed our culture — and in this program, we’re celebrating three phenomenal women composers. With music that ranges from classical to bebop, swing, and jazz, Valerie Coleman pays musical tribute to incredible women who’ve overcome adversity and changed our world for the better. Written to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner, Jessie Montgomery explores the question: What does a musical anthem for 21st century America sound like? Plus, the Boise Phil Master Chorale and soloist Margaret Gawrysiak take the stage for a rare performance of Lili Boulanger’s hauntingly beautiful Psalm 130.

Concert Playlist


Eric Garcia
Praised for his “elegant and expressive” conducting, Eric Garcia is Music Director of the Boise Phil and Artistic Director and Conductor of the McCall Music Society SummerFest. Garcia previously served as Assistant Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, conducting subscription, education, pops, and community concerts. He served as producer for recordings on the Naxos label and conductor for Brandi Carlile’s acclaimed Columbia Records release: Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony.
Margaret Gawrysiak
Known for her powerful voice and galvanizing performances, mezzo-soprano Margaret Gawrysiak’s original engagements for the 2020-2021 season include her return to Virginia Opera as Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, a return to Seattle Opera as the Older Woman in Jonathan Dove’s Flight, and her debut with Madison Opera as Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro.
Master Chorale
Led by Interim Music Director of the Boise Phil Master Chorale, Grant Farmer, the Master Chorale is an auditioned chorus of nearly 100 volunteer singers. For almost 50 years, they have endeavored to create moving musical experiences that inspire our community through a rich tradition of great choral music and modern musical innovations.
Grant Farmer
Grant Farmer, Interim Music Director of the Boise Phil Master Chorale, has conducted and prepared various collegiate and semi-professional choral ensembles across the country. His groups are regularly recognized for their brilliant sound and inspiring performances of works, large and small. He is also the Director of Choral Activities at The College of Idaho.