Hymns of Thanksgiving 2017

Soloists

Christina YarnotChristina Yarnot, flutist, received a Bachelor’s in Music Performance degree from Boise State University and has her Masters in Flute Performance and Bachelors in Music Education from The University of Idaho. While in college, she performed with a number of university ensembles, including the university orchestras, bands, and chamber ensembles.

While obtaining her Masters in Flute Performance, she also played with the Walla Walla Symphony and other professional performing arts organizations in the region, playing both flute and violin.  Having the opportunity to be a graduate assistant to Dr. Leonard Garrison, she was able to conduct the University of Idaho Flute Choir for a semester and work weekly with several small chamber groups.

Christina has studied with Dr. Liana Tyson, Dr. Francesca Arnone, Dr. Nicole Molumby and Dr. Leonard Garrison. She has played with several ensembles in the area, such as the Meridian Symphony, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Opera Idaho, Treasure Valley Concert Band, Hymns of Thanksgiving, and Music Theatre of Idaho.

In addition to performing around the valley, she has found a love of teaching band and orchestra to young, energetic, middle school students.

 

 

 

 

 

Becka PearceBecka Pearce, soprano, is a resident company member of Opera Idaho, where she has enjoyed numerous roles in several operas and operettas. She will perform the role of Adina in “The Elixir of Love” in the forthcoming school tours, and will be in Opera Idaho’s upcoming 21st Century Composers Concert. She toured Rome and Orvieto, Italy, and was cover for Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro for Operafestival di Roma.

Becka placed in the nation’s top 40 at the 2017 and 2016 National Classical Singer Vocal Competition Emerging Pro division, and 4th in region at the 2016 NATSAA 44th Annual NATS Artists Awards Competition for Singers. She was praised by judges for her “great stage presence and character, beautiful voice, impressive range, and absolute control.”

In addition to opera, she has performed several roles in musical theater, including Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Christine in Phantom of the Opera, Eponine and Cosette in Les Miserables, and Princess in Once Upon a Mattress.

Becka has been happily married to her college sweetheart for eighteen years, and is the proud mother of four talented children. She currently owns her own voice and piano atudio and volunteers teaching the arts and music in the region.

 

Amanda BarroAmanda Barro, flutist, loves performing and teaching. Aside from various university ensembles, she has performed in flute chamber groups, woodwind trios, and with hymns of Thanksgiving, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, Boise Women’s Chorus, and Opera Idaho.
Teaching others has become one of her most enjoyable music activities. Amanda has a private flute studio at Idaho Music Academy. Her students range from beginners to adults. Teaching private lessons since 2010, she has learned a lot from each student. Their thoughtful creativity and diligence inspire her!

In 2014, Amanda founded the Johnston Summer Flute Choir Workshop for grades 6-8 and 9-12 in Johnston, Iowa. Each group meets for two hours a day over a five-day week. At the end of the workshop, they perform a combined concert that include staging and props. She introduced a similar flute choir workshop in Boise earlier this year.

Amanda received her Bachelors of Music in Flute Performance with Dr. Angeleita Floyd from University of Northern Iowa in 2013, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She continued her music education, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Masters in Flute Performance with Dr. Nicole Molumby at Boise State University in 2015.

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 fifteenth appearance of Dr. Parkinson as a guest soloist for Hymns of Thanksgiving.