Jeffrey Barker, flute
Jeffrey Barker joined the Boise Philharmonic as Principal Flute in 2009. He has performed with orchestras worldwide, including the Pittsburgh, Oregon, Singapore, and New World symphonies. He has also participated in various music festivals, including the National Repertory Orchestra, Music Academy of the West, and the Sarasota Music Festival. Mr. Barker received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and his Master of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
Erin Douglas Voellinger, clarinet
Erin grew up in Colorado and began her musical career at an early age with piano and clarinet. She went to the University of Northern Colorado for a Bachelor in Music and studied with Bil Jackson, Principal clarinetist of the Colorado Symphony. She continued her education with a Master in Music at Florida State University were she studied with Dr Frank Kowalsky. Besides the Boise Philharmonic, she as performed with many other groups, including: The Utah Symphony, Fort Collins Symphony, Colorado Mahler Festival, Tallahassee Symphony, Evergreen Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Wind Ensemble, South West Florida Symphony, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and the Wyoming Symphony. She participated in the Aspen Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Aegean Verdi Festival in Greece. For the last couple years she has also performed as principal clarinet in the Ash Lawn Opera Festival in Virginia. She has performed as a soloist with the Boise State Wind Ensemble, at the Idaho/Montana clarinet conference, and as a soloist with the Boise Philharmonic. In Boise she is teaching private lessons and master classes at the schools. She is most happy when she is doing what she loves: performing music and sharing it with others.
Peter Stempe, oboe
Peter Stempe is a graduate of California State University, Fresno with a Music Performance degree. He served in Berlin with the 28th Army Band, then earned a Master’s degree at Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford. His principal teachers were Russell Howland; Bert Lucarelli; and Lothar Koch.
He has been a member of the Hartford Symphony, Hartford Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, New Orleans Symphony and the Kansas City Philharmonic and has taught at Wesleyan and Tulane Universities. Since 1978 he has been Principal Oboe of Oregon's Sunriver Music Festival and, since 1987 of Topeka’s Sunflower Music Festival. He is also Principal Oboe of the Buzzard’s Bay Musicfest in Massachusetts. Mr. Stempe has soloed with orchestras around the country, performing the concerti of Marcello, Vivaldi, Handel, Strauss, and Vaughan Willliams. He is adjunct faculty at College of Idaho and Northwest Nazarene University and has been a Real Estate agent for 20 years.
Patty Katucki, bassoon
Patty grew up on the north shore of Long Island surrounded by trees, salt water and music. Her father was a big band sax player, cocktail pianist and public school band director, her mother sang 40’s standards while cooking and her brother is a jazz trumpet player. At three, she began playing piano and reading music even before reading words.
As a child she dabbled with most of the wind instruments and took choir in high school. It was while studying Animal Science at Penn State University that she started the bassoon. She dropped her boyfriend and her academic classes; she had found her instrument.
Performing Sibelius’s Second Symphony under Leonard Bernstein during one of her two summers at the Tanglewood Music Center was one of the highlights of her musical life. Being in the wilderness with horses and dogs is the highlight of the rest of her life.
She teaches music at Galileo Math and Science Magnet School in Eagle, where she lives with her husband and best friend Rick and their many furry, four-footed children. She enjoys endurance horseback riding, dogs, swimming, whitewater canoeing and reading. Her one wish: more hours in a day.
Brian Vance, horn