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Cd'A Symphony hires new music director

| April 15, 2022 1:06 AM

COEUR d'ALENE - The Coeur d’Alene Symphony has a new music director and conductor.

Danh Pham is no stranger to the orchestra, joining them previously as a guest conductor.

“I can’t tell you how excited and honored I am to come on board as music director,” Pham said. “I’m looking at this as a galactic reunion of sorts, as we welcome back our audiences to live music-making again.”

Pham is currently conductor of the WSU Symphony Orchestra and Director of Bands at Washington State University. In addition to directing the WSU Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble, he conducts the WSU Opera and Musical Theatre, and teaches Instrumental Conducting and Symphonic Literature courses.

Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Pham received his degrees from DePauw University, Indiana University, and the University of Oklahoma. Prior to his appointment at Washington State University, Pham held similar posts at McMurry University, Western Oregon University, Salem-Keizer Public Schools, and the Beaverton, Ore., School District.

Pham maintains a busy conducting schedule here and abroad which includes international appearances throughout Asia. He has also conducted professional and honor groups throughout the Pacific Northwest, New Mexico, Texas, South Carolina, and Hawaii as well as the All-State Bands in the States of Kansas and Washington.

“The Coeur d’Alene Symphony’s history has been filled with fantastic concerts, artists and repertoire,” Pham said. “I hope my contributions to bringing new experiences to the concert hall, as well as programming a diverse palette of new voices to our weekends, will help grow our list of admirers.”

Pham will be conducting the Coeur d’Alene Symphony and guest performers in its final concert of the season with a tribute to Ukraine: “The World to the Ukraine” on May 15th at The Coeur d’Alene Resort. More info can be found at

“I look forward to our May performance when the world will look a little more recognizable,” Pham said. “What better way to reign in that day than with the music we make together."

The symphony has been performing in North Idaho for 43 years.

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