2020 Season Accompanists
David Bowman, pianist
David Bowman is a pianist and composer from Pocatello, Idaho. Locally, he collaborates with the Palace Playhouse, multiple choirs, and is the key ingredient to any rockabilly band. He has toured internationally with the Aaron Ball Band and was given the Executive Award from the Akademia Music Awards. In his off seasons, he tours the high seas with Aaron Ball, entertaining thousands of people everyday aboard cruise ships. He is graciously performing with Opera Elect on our September 28th performance of the New Music Series and will be featured next season as a composer.
Nick Monteiro, pianist
Emotion, exciting audience engagement, and virtuosic excellence describe Nickolas Monteiro’s piano playing in a nutshell. Nick enjoys to play classical, jazz, and contemporary music. He also composes original songs and creates unique music arrangements for ensembles. His style is as limitless as his role models, influenced by the jazz piano playing of Red Garland and Chick Corea, the compositions of Pat Methany, the showmanship of the rock supergroup “Journey”, and the timeless musical legacies left behind by Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. Nick started playing the piano at the age of 7, and has tirelessly been working to improve his playing ever since. Shortly after receiving his high school diploma from Idaho Arts Charter School, he received the opportunity to study piano at Northwest Nazarene University where he plays regular classical recitals, performs with the “Cerberus” and “Epiphany” chamber trios, gigs regularly with the “Jazz Renaissance” and “Northwesterners” combos, and can be found playing music throughout the Treasure Valley and beyond. Nick recently returned from a NNU sponsored trip to China with his school peers, where he performed at Northwest University in Xi’an and played at the East Shore Jazz Club in Beijing. Nick has played in local bands such as “Introspection” and “Town of Trees”. He is also a highly sought-after accompanist both in and out of NNUs music circles. He is excited to continue practicing for his upcoming junior recital, and is thrilled to be a part of Opera Elect’s “New Music Concert Series”! This is Nick’s second year playing accompaniment for the fine musicians at Opera Elect.
Luann Fife, pianist
Along with being the director of the Idaho Music Academy, Luann has been a piano teacher since 1988 and maintains a private piano studio of students who are located throughout the Treasure Valley. She has been a collaborative pianist for all instruments for all ages and abilities including Boise State University, and an active judge for piano festivals throughout the state.
Luann graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Boise State University and will complete the Master of Music with the graduate recital. In addition, she has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Chad Spears, pianist
Chad Spears, a native of Boise, has performed across the US, with additional appearances in Canada and Mexico. He has been featured with the Washington-Idaho Symphony, the Coeur d'Alene Symphony, and the University of Idaho Symphony Orchestra. Chad received his Doctor of Music Degree in Piano Performance at Florida State University under the tutelage of Dr. Read Gainsford. He currently serves as an accompanist for Boise State University's Department of Music, working with several choral ensembles, music students, and on occasion with the Symphonic Winds and Symphony Orchestra. He also collaborates with local area school choirs, The College of Idaho, Alley Repertory Theater, and Opera Idaho.
Dan Stewart, guitarist
Dan Stewart is a multi-instrumentalist best known for playing Celtic, folk and world instruments. He restarted his music interest in 2005 with the bagpipes and has been reconnecting the bagpipe melodies with the songs they are derived from by playing the songs and melodies on guitars and other instruments. He enjoys both 6 string and 12 string guitars and plays both finger style and flat picking. Dan has been a member in two pipe bands and a Celtic folk music band prior to moving to Boise.