Hymns of Thanksgiving 2018


Derek GanongDerek Ganong, trumpet, is a highly regarded jazz and classical trumpeter. A California native, he holds a B.A. Degree in Ethnomusicology and Computational Cognition from UCLA, a Master of Music in studio/jazz trumpet from NYU, and Doctorate of Music in Jazz and Classical Trumpet from the University of Miami.

As a performer, Derek has considerable experience as both a jazz/commercial player and as a symphonic and chamber musician. He is currently principal trumpet of both the Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra and Opera Idaho. He regularly plays in the Broadway shows that come through Boise, and leads the brass section for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.

As Assistant Professor of Music at BSU, Derek teaches courses in music technology, applied trumpet, and directs the jazz department. He is also the festival director for the Gene Harris Jazz Festival and runs the Boise State Jazz Orchestra.

Derek is involved in the field of arts entrepreneurship, and has been a founding member of numerous music camps and ensembles. He has built his career around being able to seamlessly adapt to any and all styles of music. He is committed to the multifaceted nature of the trumpet, and to the ever-broadening scope of professional music.

Debbie Andrea Elyse HynesDebbie Hynes, violin, is a Boise native. During high school, she played violin in the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra. She received her Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Brigham Young University, after which she taught strings in Davis County, Utah schools. She has been a member of the Utah Valley Symphony, Salt Lake Symphony, Plymouth Michigan Symphony, and the Bellevue Philharmonic in Washington, where she led the String Enrichment Program for Schools. She also played in the Crescendo String Quartet in Seattle for ten years before returning to Boise with her husband, Gordon, and their six children.

All the Hynes children enjoyed music lessons on multiple instruments as they grew up, and often Debbie and one or more of her children perform together at various events. It’s often said that “the family that plays together stays together”-a statement that has a unique and special meaning for Debbie. Tonight, Debbie will be joined by two daughters, Andrea (cello) and Elyse (violin).

Currently, Debbie teaches orchestra in the Boise Schools, directs the Prelude Orchestra of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony Music Experience, Co-Directs the Idaho Suzuki Music Camp, and teaches private lessons in her home.

Del ParkinsonDel 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 sixteenth appearance of Dr. Parkinson as a guest soloist for Hymns of Thanksgiving.