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Maddie Booth-Music Education!

Maddie BoothMaddie Booth

Major: Music Education
Graduation Date: 2018
Scholarships: Blanas/Elliot Vocal Scholarship • Hartzler Grant Vocal Music Scholarship

Maddie has lived overseas for the past eight years while her father taught at a Department of Defense school in the Netherlands. And though she has loved her time in Europe, it made the college application process tough because she, like many other military dependents, did not know where she should apply.



“The Opus” is back! Check out our digital download version of our Department of Music winter 2014 newsletter! Enjoy and Season’s Greetings!

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2014 Graduate String Quartet Announced!

The Department of Music at Boise State University and the Boise Philharmonic Are Proud To Jointly Announce the
2014 Graduate Scholarship String Quartet!

2014 Quartet


takuya1Japanese violinist, Takuya Yamamoto, began his violin studies at age 4. He is a graduate of the Toho Gakuen School of Music (BM) in Tokyo, Japan, where he studied with Kenji Kobayashi. Upon coming to the USA, Takuya was a full scholarship student of Elmar Oliveira and Carol Cole at the Lynn Conservatory of Music, Boca Raton, FL (Performers Certificate). He has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra member, in various music festivals throughout the US and Japan, including the Aspen Music Festival, Seiji Ozawa Music Academy, Saito-Kinen Music Festival, Great Mountain Music Festival, Viola Space Music Festival, and the Meadowmount School of Music. Prior to coming to Boise, Takuya was a member of the first violin section of the Eugene Symphony, Eugene, OR.


Olivia Flyer 063Olivia Baker began playing the violin at age nine. What began as a hobby turned into something more. Upon listening to Itzhak Perlman’s “Greatest Hits” albums over and over, she decided she wanted to be a professional violinist. Since then, she has been working to perfect her practicing process. She studied with Fritz Gearhart at the University of Oregon School of Music and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance. She also received her Suzuki training at the UO and has been teaching violin and piano to young beginners. She will begin her Master’s studies at Boise State University with Craig Purdy and as a member of the Graduate Scholarship String Quartet. Olivia enjoys practicing technique, playing and raving about Brahms, dancing ballroom, and writing science fiction.


Daemin KimA native of South Korea, Daemin Kim started his musical education at the age of 9 on the violin and began playing the viola at the age of 16. In Korea, he studied with violist and conductor Yoonil Jin (Anyang Arts High School), Sangun Cho, and Byung-wan Kim (Dankook University). In 2010, he transferred to Arizona State University.

In 2014, Mr. Kim graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance under the direction of Nancy Buck. He served as Principal Viola of the ASU Symphony Orchestra, and has performed in master classes for, and received coachings from, Steven Tenenbom, Samuel Rhodes, John Graham, Carol Rodland, Lesley Robertson, and members of Orion, Brentano, Juilliard, Apple Hill and St. Lawrence string quartets. He has also studied chamber music with Danwen Jian, Thomas Landschoot, Jonathan Swartz and Andrew Campbell. Beginning this fall of 2014, Mr. Kim will join the Graduate Scholarship String Quartet at Boise State University.

AlecAlec Duggan was born in Tacoma, WA, where he began his musical studies on the piano at age 6. After playing in a piano trio and discovering the cello, he quickly shifted his focus to it as his primary instrument. As an active member of Tacoma Youth Symphony for eight years, he achieved a principal position his senior year of high school and also performed Popper’s Requiem for three cellos and orchestra.

He attended the University of Washington in Seattle where he received a degree in Mathematics earlier this June. Despite his different degree, he was a very active member in the music department and performed with many Seattle ensembles, including the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Rock Orchestra, and the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra. During his senior year, he served as a member of the UW’s official student piano trio, Trio Andromeda. They would go on to win the Washington Music Teachers National Association state competition and competed at the regional competition in Portland, Oregon. They received coachings from Phil Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet, along with many other visiting artists. His teachers include Miriam Shames, the late Toby Saks, and Eric Gaenslen.


Newly Appointed Assistant Professor of Trombone and Euphonium

Sarah Paradis

Sarah Paradis will join the Boise State University Music Department as the Assistant Professor of Trombone and Euphonium in August 2014. Paradis earned her B.M. in Music Education from Ithaca College, and her M.M. in Trombone Performance from Indiana University. She is in the final stages of completing her D.M. in Brass Pedagogy from Indiana University. Her primary teachers include Peter Ellefson, Carl Lenthe, M. Dee Stewart, Per Brevig, and Hal Reynolds.

Currently Paradis is the principal trombonist of the Richmond, Indiana and Ohio Valley Symphonies, and the second trombonist of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. She has also played with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Akron Symphony, the Lafayette Symphony, the Bloomington Pops, and the Owensboro Orchestra. Paradis has performed at the Eastern Trombone Workshop, the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, and the International Trombone Festival. She has been a prizewinner in the Susan Slaughter Solo Competition in both 2010 and 2012, and was awarded the Trombone Fellowship at the Aspen Summer Music Festival in 2011.

An active chamber musician, Paradis tours, performs, gives master classes, and records with the Mirari Brass Quintet, Tromboteam!, and Bell(e) Collective. The Mirari Brass Quintet regularly performs for university, high school, and community audiences across the country, with recent residencies at Brigham Young University-Idaho, San Francisco State University, and the University of New Hampshire. When on tour with Mirari, Paradis often gives master classes about Yoga for Musicians, connecting the calm mindfulness of Yoga with the creative musical process. As a member of the trombone quintet Tromboteam!, Paradis has been instrumental in a large commission project which involved the addition of ten new trombone ensemble pieces to the repertoire. Tromboteam! will release their commercial recording of these new commissions in late 2014. The female brass ensemble Bell(e) Collective also commissions new music for low brass and continually strives to empower young women to pursue musical excellence. Paradis can be heard on Spires, the debut album by the Mirari Brass Quintet and on Ursa, the solo album by Stephanie Frye, co-founder of Bell(e) Collective.

Paradis is a brass instructor for the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, and a former euphonium player in the ten-time World Champion Drum and Bugle Corps, The Cadets. Paradis has taught privately at Indiana University and throughout the Midwest. Formerly, she has taught music theory and applied trombone, euphonium, and tuba at Bemidji State University. Most recently, she was the Assistant Professor of Trombone at Ohio University, where she taught applied trombone, directed the Trombone Choir, and taught courses in trombone pedagogy and rock n’ roll history.

Music Education Chapter Wins National Award!


Boise State’s collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) recently won a national “Chapter of Excellence” Award, which provided recognition for their work in presenting a unique music program. In November 2013, the chapter presented its first annual “Take a Risk” Recital. For this recital, thirteen musicians performed on a secondary instrument or secondary area on stage in front of a live audience. For example, one clarinetist played violin, one saxophonist sang a folk song, and a percussionist played euphonium. Even the piano accompanists were playing on secondary instruments! Chapter president Rabyia Ahmed said that “the Take a Risk recital was a fantastic idea. We learn how to play all the different instruments in our tech classes but don’t get to experience performing on them. This recital was a chance to perform on an instrument that is uncomfortable in a fun environment.” Chapter advisor, Dr. Gregory Springer, explained that the event was well received and that many of the recital attendees expressed an interest in participating in future “Take a Risk” recitals. The NAfME chapter will host the next “Take a Risk” recital in the Fall 2014 semester.

[pictured from left to right: Secretary/Treasurer Baylee Proctor, President Rabyia Ahmed, Faculty Advisor Gregory Springer, and Vice President Matthew D. Crane]

Newly Appointed Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition

David Biedenbender

David Biedenbender is the newly appointed Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Boise State University. A musical omnivore and a passionate collaborator, he is inspired by a diverse array of interests and experiences. His present creative interests include working with everyone from classically trained musicians to improvisers, acoustic chamber music to large ensembles, and interactive electronic interfaces to live brain data.

He has had the privilege of collaborating with and being commissioned by many talented performers and ensembles, including Alarm Will Sound, the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, the Stenhammar String Quartet (Sweden), the Aspen Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, the U.S. Navy Band, the Philharmonie Baden-Baden (Germany), VocalEssence, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Detroit Symphony Orchestra bass trombonist Randy Hawes, the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble, and the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir, among many others. Recent recognition for David’s work includes two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards (2011, 2012) and the 2012 Suzanne and Lee Ettelson Composers Award.

His music has been heard in many diverse venues, including Symphony Space (NYC), the German Embassy (Washington, DC), the Antonín Dvořák Museum (Prague), the Old First Church (San Francisco), the Smithsonian Museum, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Hill Auditorium (Ann Arbor, MI), as well as at numerous universities, and it has been broadcast on NPR stations around the country. Recent and upcoming commissions and projects include works for the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Orchestra, the Edge Ensemble (Netherlands), San Francisco Symphony principal trombonist Tim Higgins, the Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet, the Akropolis Reed Quintet, Chris Lees and the University of Michigan Philharmonia Orchestra, and a work for prepared piano for pianist Jeannette Fang.

In addition to composing, David is a dedicated teacher. He has taught an interdisciplinary course in creativity and collaboration at the University of Michigan and has also been on the composition and theory faculty at Eastern Michigan University, Oakland University, Madonna University, and the Interlochen Arts Camp. His composition students have achieved regional and national recognition for their creative work, including numerous awards and acceptance into renowned summer music festivals and undergraduate and graduate composition programs.

He received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in composition from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music degree in composition and theory from Central Michigan University, and he has also studied at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, the Aspen Music Festival, and in Mysore, India where he studied south Indian carnatic music. His musical mentors include Michael Daugherty, Evan Chambers, Bright Sheng, Kristin Kuster, Stephen Rush, Christopher Lees, David R. Gillingham, José Luis-Maurtúa, John Williamson, and Mark Cox. For more information, visit

Graduate Scholarship Quartet 2016-18!


The Department of Music at Boise State University and the Boise Philharmonic Jointly Announce Openings in its Graduate String Quartet Scholarship Program for 2016-2018!

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Boise Philharmonic Robert Franz, Music Director

Boise Philharmonic
Robert Franz, Music Director