Boise Baroque


Robert Franz, Artistic Director

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The Boise Baroque Orchestra


Dawn Douthit, Concertmaster

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Geoffrey Hill, Associate Concertmaster

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Alex Hastings, Assistant Concertmaster

Katherine Jarvis, Principal Second

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Kathy Stutzman, Associate Principal Second

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Susan Courtial

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Jonelle Darrow

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Holly Lawrence

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Petra Schwarthoff

Laurel Talley

Anna-Marie Vargas

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Jennifer Drake, Principal

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Emily Jones, Associate Principal

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Brian Hodges, Principal

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Micah Claffey, Associate Principal

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Lorie Marmon Scherer

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Renaud Boucher-Browning, Principal

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Fernando Perez, Principal

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Melanie Keller

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Kimberly Everett Ganong, Principal

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Jessie Brown

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Janelle Oberbillig, Principal

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Brian Vance, Principal

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Mark Givens

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Derek Ganong, Principal

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Rachael Johnston

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William Shaltis, Principal

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Alex Hastings

Assistant Concertmaster

Donovan Schatz


Petra Schwarthoff


Emily Jones

Associate Principal Viola

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Meet Artistic Director, Robert Franz

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Now entering his sixth season as Artistic Director of the Boise Baroque ​Orchestra, Robert shares his passion for 17th and 18th century music to an ​ever-growing audience. He has conducted the BBO since 2019. Performing at ​the Château des Fleurs since 2021, the BBO in the summer is the perfect place ​to experience great music in one of the most beautiful outdoor settings in the ​Idaho Treasure Valley!

This season Robert leads the BBO’s fourth annual conductor workshop. This ​one-week training seminar attracts conductors from around North America. ​This year also marks the inaugural season of the Summer Baroque Institute. ​Three talented high school orchestras will come together for a week during the ​BBO’s Summer Music Festival to explore 18th century techniques and kick off ​their school year with a bang.

When not making music with these incredible musicians, Robert is the Music ​Director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Ontario, Canada, where he ​makes his home. A passionate educator, Robert is also Music Director of the ​University of North Carolina School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra and ​Co-Founder (along with principal violist, Jen Drake) of the Idaho Orchestra ​Institute.

Robert is particularly grateful for the love and support of his family. Perhaps ​this year more than any other, it is good to feel alive with this incredible music!

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Boise Baroque


Robert Franz, Artistic Director

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