Daniel Stern, who has been part of the Boise classical music scene for nearly 45 years, announced he will retire after the 2018-19 season of the Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra. Boise Public Radio’s James Dawson recently spoke with Stern about his life and how he became interested in classical music.
Dr. Daniel Stern, Music Director, Conductor and until recently General Manager of the Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra, has announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2018-19 season. Stern has led the orchestra since the 2005-06 season, all but two years of its existence.
Stern stated that by making this announcement now, a smooth transition will be assured, maintaining the orchestra’s phenomenal growth into the future.
After several years of teaching, Dr. Stern came to Boise in 1974 as Music Director of the Boise Philharmonic, a post he held until 1987. He is widely credited with initiating many of the steps which have led to the Philharmonic’s development into the one of the foremost orchestras in the region.
Stern has also served on the faculties of Boise State University and the College of Idaho, conducted numerous performances with Opera Idaho and Ballet Idaho and guest conducted orchestras in the Northwest, Central America and New York.
In 2014, Dr. Stern was awarded the Governor’s Award in the Arts for lifetime achievement for his many contributions during his 40 years in Idaho. In 2015, he was honored in Rochester on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his graduation from the Eastman School of Music.
Boise Baroque is currently in its 15th season, having presented professional Baroque and Classical music for the Treasure Valley since 2003. The orchestra performs ten concerts a year in the intimate setting of the Cathedral of the Rockies.
The next concert features Mozart’s memorable Piano Concerto 22 with noted Boise pianist Del Parkinson as featured soloist on February 9 and 11, 2018.
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.
Trabichoff was one of the first soloists to perform with Boise Baroque in its early years.
Nicole Golay Keck (replace current one) Described as “sehr zauber” (very magic) by the Ridgefield Press, Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra Principal Oboist Nicole Golay Keck is a diverse solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. As a founding member of indie-classical chamber ensemble Madera Vox, Nicole has two recordings and was invited to perform at the 2010 Chamber Music America Conference, as well as the 2011 International Double Reed Society Conference.
Keck has performed with Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, Gilbert & Sullivan Theater, Jupiter Symphony, and more recently, Orquesta Cubano and the Boise Philharmonic. As a chamber musician, she has played with SEM Ensemble, New York Kammermusiker, Esopus Chamber Ensemble, and as founding director, Neue Bach Band, a group dedicated to the chamber works of J. S. Bach.
As an avid music educator and double reed advocate, Keck has held teaching positions at University of Virginia, Dutchess Community College, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and currently, Riverstone International School of Boise. She received her Master of Music degree from Yale University and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California Institute of the Arts. Originally from Southern Idaho, Nicole’s principal teachers were Janie Griff, Allan Vogel, and Ronald Roseman.
Guest Conductor Thomas Heuser has devoted himself to artistic excellence, music education, and community collaboration as a music director and public servant in the arts. Since 2011, he has served as the Music Director of the Idaho Falls Symphony. Starting in 2016, he became the Music Director of the San Juan Symphony, and relocated to Durango, Colorado, with his wife, violinist Lauren Avery, and their son Theodore.
Heuser was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for Orchestral Conducting in Germany while serving as the 2010 Conducting Fellow with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Later, he enjoyed three seasons as the Principal Guest Conductor of the San Francisco Academy Orchestra. He has also worked with numerous orchestras in Europe, Canada and across the United States.
Heuser graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College and earned his Master’s Degree in Instrumental Conducting from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. In 2013 he completed his Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.
Carmen Izzo has been serving as Principal Clarinet of the Boise Philharmonic since 2015. Additionally, he is Assistant Principal and Bass Clarinetist of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and spends his summers as Principal Clarinet of the Central City Opera Orchestra.
Izzo previously lived in Japan, where he served as Co-Principal Clarinet of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra. He has also been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and American Youth Symphony. He has worked with orchestras across the U.S. and Asia.
He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Music from DePaul University.
Ryan Dye serves as Minister of Music for the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Boise. Prior to joining the church, he enjoyed three years as organist and later Canon for Music at St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral in Boise.
From 2000-2013, Dye was Minister of Music for the historic All Pilgrims Christian Church in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. During his time in Seattle, he served a term as Dean of the Seattle Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and was on the teaching faculty of the guild’s Pipe Organ Encounters in 2011.
Dye studied at the North German Organ Academy, performing on several renowned historic instruments throughout Germany and The Netherlands. Having been selected to study in London in the summer of 2002, he performed on the organs of Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral, St. Giles Cripplegate, St. Lawrence Jewry, House of Parliament Chapel and the Church of St. Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London.
He holds degrees in Religion and Business Administration from Walla Walla University in addition to a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Organ Performance from the University of Washington.
Guest Conductor Yaniv Attar is the Music Director of the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra, and the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra in Bellingham. In addition, Attar is also an Artistic Partner with Northwest Sinfonietta. A native of Israel, he is the 1st prize winner of the Duna Szimfonikus Conducting Competition Budapest, and the recipient of the 2010, 2012 & 2014 Georg Solti Foundation US Award and the 2009 Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Award.
Attar was also one of 10 conductors from around the world who were invited to INTERACTION, and conducted an orchestra composed of all of Germany’s top orchestras. Prior to his current music directorships, Attar completed his two years residency as the Assistant Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, where he conducted nearly 100 performances.
Attar has studied with Israel Edelson in Jerusalem, Virginia Allen at the Juilliard School in New York and Neil Thomson at the Royal College of Music in London, where he was also the Associate Conductor and co-founder of the Tempus Chamber Orchestra. In 2008, Attar earned his Doctor of Music degree from McGill University. He is also an accomplished classical guitarist.
Denise Dillenbeck is a versatile musician, with a strong background in orchestral, chamber and solo playing. She has toured Europe and America with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has played with the Seattle Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Pennsylvania Ballet Theater, Philly Pops, and many other orchestras across the U.S. She is currently concertmaster of the Yakima Symphony, York Symphony, Siletz Bay Music Festival Orchestra, Lake Chelan Bach Festival Orchestra and the Northwest Sinfonietta. She was associate concertmaster of the Tacoma Symphony, and has served as concertmaster for orchestras across the states and in England.
Dillenbeck is passionate about teaching and has worked with dozens of violin students and young string quartets and has also taught college courses on music. As a soloist, she has collaborated with orchestras and conductors across the region. She holds a Bachelor of Music from New England Conservatory, and a Master of Music from the University of Minnesota.
Grammy Award winning tenor Thomas Glenn enjoys a favorable reputation as a creative interpreter of bel canto and Classical period literature as well as modern works. He has performed at major opera companies including San Francisco Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Netherlands Opera and The English National Opera among others. He has also performed with major orchestras in the U.S. and abroad including San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Cleveland, Colorado, Berkeley and Oakland East Bay, the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada and China National Symphony.
Glenn is a graduate of the prestigious Adler Fellowship at San Francisco Opera. He holds three degrees in music performance: a bachelor’s from Brigham Young University, a master’s from The University of Michigan and a doctorate (abd) from Florida State University. He is a past winner of the Concours International de Chant de Canari, France and a semi-finalist in the Monserrat Caballé Competition in Zaragoza, Spain.
Daniel Scofield, a native of Binghamton, NY, continues to garner acclaim for his performances of the baritone repertoire across the United States, including St Petersburg, Seattle, Indianapolis, San Jose, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and New York City.
In recent seasons, Scofield has performed with the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice, Martha’s Vineyard with Opera at Featherstone, St Petersburg Opera, Opera Columbus; Tri-Cities Opera and the Knoxville Opera.
Scofield also performed with the Boise Baroque in both the 2013-14 and 2016-16 Seasons, singing Bach’s Mass in B-minor and Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus, respectively.
Schofield has been awarded the District and Regional Encouragement Awards from the Metropolitan Opera Council and the Albert Rees Davis Scholarship from the Cleveland Singers Club. He was also a semi-finalist in the Palm Beach Opera Competition.
Hailed by Gramophone for her “shining” voice “with extra depth to the sound,” soprano Emily Workman recently sang the role of The Governess in Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw at the Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw, Poland. A recording of the premiere was released under the DUX label and nominated as, “Best Opera Album of 2016,” by the International Classical Music Awards.
Other recent performances include St. George’s Choral Society in New York City, guest soloist with the Brigham Young University Men’s Chorus as well as the Florida State College of Jacksonville choirs.
Ms. Workman is a graduate of Yale School of Music’s prestigious opera program, where she received her Master of Music. She is winner of the 2015 Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Prize from Yale University, First Place winner of the Young Artists in Voice Competition, 2013 Concerto Competition winner from Brigham Young University, and First Place winner of the National Opera Association’s Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition.