Del Parkinson, piano, began studying piano at age five in his hometown of Blackfoot, Idaho. He now holds a doctor of music degree from Indiana University and a postgraduate diploma from The Juilliard School. He was the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays grant for graduate study in London.
He was coordinator of piano instruction at Brigham Young University-Idaho, where he taught for eight years, and is now professor of piano at Boise State University, where he joined the faculty in 1985.
His London debut recital was on the American Bicentennial Series, and his New York debut recital in Carnegie Recital Hall was sponsored by the Idaho Commission on the Arts. He has performed with the Guadalajara Symphony, the Orquestra Sinfônica de Sorocaba, Brazil, the Indiana University Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Utah Symphony, and the Boise Philharmonic.
He is featured on seven compact disc recordings: The American Piano Quartet, Celebrating Gershwin, Mendelssohn Two-Piano Concerto, Rachmaninoff Duo Piano, A Celebration of French Piano Music, A Celebration of Spanish Piano Music, and A Celebration of Russian Piano Music.
He is the recipient of the Boise State University Foundation Scholar Award for Research and Creative Activity, the Boise Mayor’s Award for Artistic Excellence, the Morrison Center Honor Medallion, the Idaho Commission of the Arts Career Fellowship Award, and Idaho Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Probably one of the most honored and beloved musicians in all Idaho, this will be the eleventh appearance of Dr. Parkinson as a guest soloist for Hymns of Thanksgiving.
Jennifer Whittle, violin, began her violin studies in Portland, Oregon at the age of ten. After graduating high school, she moved to Los Angeles to study under Lyndon Taylor at the University of Southern California. While in Los Angeles, Jennifer performed under conductors such as Sergiu Commisiona, John Williams, and Carl St. Clair and participated in master classes with the Ysaÿe, Takaçs, and Emerson String Quartets.
She completed a Master’s degree in Violin Performance at the University of Victoria, where she studied with Sharon Stanis and members of the Lafayette String Quartet. After graduating, Jennifer auditioned for and won the position of Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Vancouver Island Symphony. While living in Victoria, she performed frequently with the Victoria Symphony, Palm Court Light Orchestra, Galiano Ensemble and maintained a full teaching studio.
She is a founding member of the Saturna Trio, and as a chamber musician has performed many concerts in the United States and Canada. She has also performed with the Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera Orchestra, Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Portland Festival Symphony and National Repertory Orchestra, among others.
Jennifer is currently a first violinist with both the Boise Philharmonic and the Yakima Symphony. She is also the first violinist with the Ezra String Quartet, Boise State University’s Graduate Fellowship Quartet. The Ezra String Quartet is actively involved with music education, volunteering their time at elementary, middle and high school string programs around the city. In Boise, Jennifer maintains a busy teaching schedule, while also an active performer. She has recently performed with Josh Groban, Mannheim Steamroller and Classical Revolution: Boise.