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The Conductors

The Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra, Inc. is currently conducting a search for a dynamic and talented Artistic Director/Conductor. We have narrowed the field to five finalists, each of whom will conduct one of our season concert series, listed by date order of the concerts.

Dr. Danh Pham

Dr. Pham will be conducting the October 6 & 7, 2017 concerts

Danh Pham is Conductor of the WSU Symphony Orchestra at Washington State University. He conducts the WSU Opera and Musical Theatre, in addition to teaching Instrumental Conducting and Symphonic Literature courses.

Dr. Pham has appeared as a guest conductor and clinician for several international ensembles. He most recently served as conductor-in-residence at the Wuhan Conservatory of Music and Huazhong University in Central China where he taught masterclasses and conducted the Symphony Orchestra in concert. He has also appeared with the Guang Xi Symphony Orchestra (Nanning, China) in the Gala Opening Concert for the China-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) New Music Week. Other international organizations include the National Ballet and Opera Orchestra in Hanoi, Vietnam, the Saigon Wind Ensemble, as part of a subscription series for the Saigon Philharmonic Orchestra that was hosted at the Ho Chi Minh Conservatory of Music, the Pan-Pacific Ensemble, and the National Academy of Music in Northern Vietnam. At home, he has conducted professional and honor groups throughout the Pacific Northwest, American Southwest, Texas, and Hawaii. Dr. Pham is a former conductor of the Salem Youth Philharmonia Orchestra, and currently serves as conductor of the Palouse Chamber Players and the Palouse Brass Ensemble. In 2018, he makes his debut with the Hubei Symphony Orchestra (Central China). Dr. Pham has also served as Producer and Editor for solo compact disc recordings that have been released by Albany and Emeritus Records.

Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, he received his degrees from DePauw University, Indiana University, and the University of Oklahoma. His conducting mentors include Ray Cramer, Stephen Pratt, and William Wakefield. Prior to his appointment at Washington State University, Dr. Pham held similar posts at McMurry University, Western Oregon University, Salem-Keizer Public Schools, and the Beaverton (OR) School District.

Barry Araújo Kolman

Maestro Kolman will be conducting the December 1 & 2, 2017 concerts

For 25 years, BARRY ARAÚJO KOLMAN, was Music Director and Conductor of the Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra. During his tenure the SSO recorded “American Classics”, its first CD, and was part of a documentary produced by the Virginia Historical Society. As a guest conductor, Dr. Kolman has also led many orchestras around the world, including the Buffalo Philharmonic (New York), Mesa (Arizona) and North Arkansas Symphony Orchestras and recorded his fifth CD with the State Philharmonic of Iasi (Romania). He has recorded music of Pulitzer prize-winner Karel Husa with the Slovak Radio Symphony in Bratislava for the Marco Polo label; a recording which his garnished critical acclaim.

Dr. Kolman was previously the Music Director and Conductor of the James Madison University Symphony Orchestra, which he led on their first tour of metropolitan New York. As Music Director and Conductor of the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Kolman established a guest artist series, a Kinder-Concert series and a commissioning project.

Barry Kolman received his doctorate in conducting from the University of Northern Colorado where he was awarded the Graduate Dean’s Citation for Excellence and a Colorado Graduate Fellowship. His Master of Music degree in clarinet performance is from Illinois State University and his bachelor’s degree in music education is from the Crane School of Music, for which he received a New York State Regents’ Scholarship.

Dr. Kolman studied conducting with Eugene Corporon of the University of North Texas, and has participated in extensive master classes led by Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, and Frederick Fennell. He has recently published The Origins and Early History of American Wind Music (Mellen Press), which received the Adele Mellen Prize for Scholarly Contribution, and El Lenguaje De La Música, Al Descubierto (Editorial Seleer, Spain) which is a Spanish translation of his book, The Language of Music Revealed (Universal Publishers, 2012). Presently, Dr. Kolman resides in New York City where he has an active woodwinds studio, is a Music Theory tutor.

Dr. Pierre-Alain Chevalier

Dr. Chevalier will conduct the January 19 & 20. 2018 concerts

French born conductor Pierre-Alain Chevalier is a captivating performer and dedicated music educator. In July, 2016 he was named a winner of the International Conductors Workshop and Competition in Atlanta, Georgia.

In addition to his new post with the Baytown Symphony Orchestra, Chevalier is Artistic Director and Founder of the Bayou City Symphony and adjunct instructor of music at San Jacinto College, Lone Star College, and Lee College. Since 2012 he has served the community of Houston as a high school orchestra clinician in the Cypress-Fairbanks, Spring, Klein, Katy, and Houston independent school districts. He also served as choir director of Sam Houston MSTC High School and the southwest campus of Houston Community College.

In concert Chevalier has conducted the Rainier Symphony, the Bayou City Symphony, the Rose City Chamber Orchestra, the Hartt Symphony Orchestra and Contemporary Players, the Moores School Symphony, Chamber and Concerto orchestras, Houston Community College’s Southwest Choir, the Houston Cecelia Chamber Choir, the Liedertafel Harmonie (choir of the German-American Society of Portland), Willamette University band, choirs and Dramatic Vocal Arts ensemble, musical theater and opera productions, and primary and secondary student choirs and instrumental ensembles.

Chevalier holds degrees from the Moores School of Music (Doctor of Musical Arts: Orchestral Conducting 2014), The Hartt School (Master of Music: Orchestral Conducting 2010) and Willamette University (Bachelor of Music: Music Education 2006).

Jorge LuisUzcátegui

Jorge Luis Uzcátegui will conduct the March 16 & 17, 2018 concerts

After his debuts as a pianist with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra and the Venezuelan National Philharmonic at age 13, Jorge Luis Uzcátegui has performed concerts in North, Central, South America, and Europe with orchestras such as the Valencia Symphony, where his concerts at the “Palau de la Música” have been transmitted live in the National Television and Radio of Spain. He has performed in festivals alongside artists such as Paul Badura-Skoda and Chick Corea. His interpretation of Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition can be heard as soundtrack in El Cerrito, an award-winning documentary for the History Channel.

Uzcátegui conducted members from distinguished orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Frankfurt Opera Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. Uzcátegui won First Prize at the International Conducting Competition organized by the Paraná Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, obtaining the unanimous vote from the jury and all orchestra members. He also won First Prize at the Wise Conducting Competition in Los Angeles.

Among Uzcátegui’s teachers and mentors we can find conductors Neal Stulberg, Gustavo Dudamel, Kurt Masur, Donald Neuen, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Isaac Karabtchevsky, Daisuke Soga, Osvaldo Ferreira, Manuel Galduf, and Donald Portnoy, also the pianists Alejandro Slobodianik, Marina Lomazov, György Sándor, Angela Hewitt, Georges Pludermacher, Gabriela Montero, Ralph Votapek, Benedetto Lupo, Jekaterina Kargina, and Adriana Moraga. Currently, he is in the last year of a doctorate in orchestral conducting at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), where he served as conductor of the UCLA Symphony Orchestra.

Uzcátegui is assistant conductor of the Spokane Symphony, chief conductor of the Seraphim Symphony, and music director of the Buddha’s Light Youth Symphony Orchestras (BLYSO). He is the founder of the Backyard Academy Symphony Orchestra, an organization dedicated to teach music to children from low-income families in Los Ángeles. He is also director of the Music Innovates program, a unique collaboration between the Spokane Symphony and the Spokane Public Schools, designed to change kids’ lives through music.


Jan Pellant

Maestro Pellant will be conducting the May 4 & 5, 2018 concerts

Jan Pellant, Music Director of the Lexington Chamber Orchestra since 2015, has conducted the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra, Talich Chamber Orchestra, Pavel Haas Chamber Orchestra, Vidin Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Bethel Park Orchestra, Orchestra Enigmatic as well as orchestras in Thailand, Japan and the United States.  He has led performances with the Pilsen Opera and the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, and in 2007, he led the Prague Karlin Theater Orchestra on an eleven-city tour of Romania.  The following year, he led the Berlin Newklassiker Symphony Orchestra on a New Year’s concert tour of China, and the Czech Youth Symphony Orchestra on a tour of France, performing Antonin Dvorak’s Stabat Mater.

A native of the Czech Republic, Jan Pellant studied at the Prague Academy of the Performing Arts, and he holds degrees from the Prague Conservatory and Carnegie Mellon University.  He has served on the faculty of the International Conservatory in Prague as conducting instructor and is the Artistic Director of Summer Music Nights at the Bohemian Forest. Jan Pellant is a DMA candidate in orchestra conducting at the University of Kentucky (ABD), where he studied with John Nardolillo and served as a teaching assistant there.

Dr. Philip Baldwin

baldwintrans1Dr. Philip Baldwin is our Assistant Conductor as well as our Concertmaster. Dr. Philip Baldwin is the Director of String Studies and Assistant Professor of violin at Whitworth University. His career has spanned the gamut of string teaching and conducting. He earned a DMA at Ohio State University where he received the distinguished Dissertation Award for his work on the violin sonatas of William Bolcom. His violin teachers include Rafael Druian, Raphael Hillyer, Yuri Mazurkevich, Andrew Jennings, Alan Bodman, and Michael Davis. Prior to his appointment at Whitworth College, Dr. Baldwin taught violin and viola at Eastern Washington University and the Peabody Preparatory Division of John’s Hopkins University, and was the Director of Orchestras at the University of Puget Sound, Southern Utah University.

He is a member of the Spokane Symphony and the former Concertmaster of the Southwest Symphony, former Principal Viola of the LaCrosse Symphony, and a performer with the Tacoma, Akron, Canton, and Columbus Symphonies. He has appeared as recitalist, soloist, and has recorded a CD of trios by Khachaturian, Ives, and Bolcom with clarinetist Michael Dean and pianist Carol Stivers.

A dedicated artist-teacher, his students have won concerto competitions and have received scholarships to prestigious graduate schools and summer programs such as the Meadowmount School. Several of his students are currently playing with the Spokane Symphony as Symphony Scholars or substitutes.