Check in with the Boise Philharmonic this summer: Wine tasting, new hires and more

You can check in with the Boise Philharmonic and learn about its upcoming season at a wine-tasting mixer atop Boise’s newest event venue – the renovated Owyhee Building, 1109 W. Main St.

The philharmonic will unveil details about this summer’s Picnic at the Pops, its upcoming season, gala and more from 5:30-7 p.m. July 17 in the Owyhee penthouse. You also can sample the latest releases from Telaya Wine Co. For $20 you can enjoy two glasses of Telaya wine and appetizers, or just stop by and get the skinny for free.

New hires

Deanna Tham takes the baton for the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. The ensemble is composed of high school musicians from across the Treasure Valley. Tham studied French horn at Carnegie Mellon University and received her master’s degree in conducting from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. She recently debuted at the National Music Festival in Chestertown, Md., directed the American Chamber Orchestra in Chicago and completed her professional studies degree under conductor Carl Topilow at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Topilow was a guest conductor for the Boise Philharmonic last season.

James Smock is the new associate principal trumpet/trumpet II player. Smock replaces Justin Stamps, who is now with the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band in Virginia. Smock is currently the principal trumpet for the Portland Chamber Orchestra, where he has played since 2010. He has studied at Southern Illinois University and the University of Utah. James also is the adjunct faculty at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash., and Warner Pacific College in Portland.

Listen to Smock play Handel's "The Trumpet Shall Sound":


Both Tham and Smock will arrive in Boise in mid-August.