The Langroise Trio, established in 1991, plays an important role in arts education by providing students, educators and professional musicians with the broad education, specialized skills, and diversified experience they will need to become versatile music leaders who will shape our musical and cultural future. The Langroise Trio provides a unique chamber music emphasis where students participate in coaching sessions and weekly master classes. Students have performance opportunities with chamber groups as well as the College's Sinfonia. The Trio offers intensive training in violin, viola and cello within a traditional liberal arts curriculum.
The Trio’s mission is to create a culture of mastery through the study of violin, viola and cello; providing instruction and performance of the highest standard. The Langroise Trio will preserve and promote the classical music tradition, and foster awareness of its importance to society and its benefits for personal growth. The Langroise Trio has performed on chamber music series across the United States, including performances at the Kennedy Center. The group's repertoire includes music from the Romantic, Classical, Baroque and Renaissance eras, as well as 20th and 21st Century works written especially for them. The Trio plays with precision and panache, achieving impressive tonal blend and unity of musical thought.
They have performed eight world premieres, produced four CDs and have twice been selected to showcase at the Arts Northwest conference.
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Scheduled Recital Dates for 2019-2020
September 28 at the Langroise Center for Performing & Fine Arts (7:30 p.m.)
March 15 at the Esther Simplot Academy in Boise (2:00 p.m.)
April 24 at the Langroise Center for Performing & Fine Arts (7:30 p.m.)
The Langroise Trio
David Johnson won a position in the viola section of the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic as a high school senior. Awarded a scholarship to attend Butler University (Indianapolis), he transferred after two years to Indiana University, where he completed, with high distinction, bachelors and master’s degrees in viola performance. While a student at Indiana, he performed a series of concerts in New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall with the Indiana University Doctoral String Quartet.
After graduating from college, David was appointed Principal Viola of the Iceland Symphony, where he was featured as soloist numerous times with pianist Debra Gold on the Iceland National Radio. David then returned to the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic, serving as Principal Violist for 9 years. While there, he was a founding member of the Freimann String Quartet and the Northeastern Indiana Chamber Music Festival. David was also appointed Assistant Principal Violist of the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago for 12 years, soloing with that orchestra in 1994.
In 1992, David joined the newly formed Langroise Trio, Artist in Residence at The College of Idaho, and is the principal violist of the Boise Philharmonic. He has performed concertos by J.C. Bach, J.S. Bach, Bartok, Berlioz, Mozart, Ranjbaran, Stamitz, Vaughn-Williams, and Walton with such orchestras as the Grant Park Symphony, Ft. Wayne Philharmonic, Atheneum Orchestra (Indianapolis), and the Boise Philharmonic In addition he has been a member of the South Bend Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, Owensboro Symphony, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, and the Northwest Indiana Symphony. He has been a member of the Sun Valley Orchestra and taught at the Sun Valley Summer Music Workshops, and since 2007 has served as the Artistic Director of the Sun Valley Symphony Summer Workshops.
Cellist Samuel Whitney Smith is a member of the Langroise Trio in residence at the College of Idaho where he teaches cello and chamber music and conducts the College of Idaho Sinfonia. The Langroise Trio, founded in 1991, has performed on concert series across the country including the Kennedy Center. They have performed ten world premieres, produced four CDs and have been selected to showcase at the Arts Northwest Conference. In addition to performing a regular concert schedule with the Langroise Trio, Samuel serves as Principal Cello with the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra.
Prior to coming to Idaho, Smith served as Principal Cello with the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic and was a member of the Freimann String Quartet. While in Ft. Wayne he was a frequent soloist on subscription concerts performing concerti by Haydn, Saint-Saens, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich as well as the Brahms Double Concerto and the Triple Concerto of Beethoven. During this time Samuel also served as Assistant Principal and Section Cello with the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago.
Samuel was a founding member of the Northeast Indiana Chamber Festival, co-founder of Chamber Music at Paradise Point and founder and Artistic Director of the Sawtooth Cello Festival which combined the study of cello and martial arts. He has served on the cello faculty of the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory and currently conducts the Sun Valley Youth Orchestra.
Mr. Smith has been featured soloist on numerous occasions with Idaho ensembles including Idaho Dance Theatre, Idaho Falls Symphony, Boise Baroque Orchestra and the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra. As soloist with the Boise Philharmonic he has performed concerti by Saint-Saens, Shostakovich and Barber as well as a concerto written for him by David Alan Earnest. Most recently Samuel performed as cello soloist in Strauss’ Don Quixote.