2017-18 Concert Season
In May 2018, we will be producing WCS Benefit Concert, Praying for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula, "One Korea, One World".
Praying for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula
"One Korea, One World"
∎Meet the Performers
Seong Won Nam, tenor
- Adjunct Assistant Professor at George Mason School of Music
- Member of the Washington National Opera
- Member of the American Guild of Musical Artists
- Member of the Christian Classical Singers
- Artistic Director of the Washington Concert Society
Professor Seong Won Nam is a professional lyric tenor, with a broad background of experience in performance, teaching, leadership, and support. He is well known in the Washington DC area as a focused, dedicated artist and teacher. Seong is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at George Mason University, Fairfax Virginia, where he supports the vocal music program at George Mason University through personal instruction, evaluation, and curriculum development. In fifteen seasons with the Washington National Opera, Mr. Nam has performed in well over 400 performances. His area leading roles have included Duca (Rigoletto), Faust (Faust), Romeo (Roméo et Juliette), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Macduff (Macbeth), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) and Nemorino (L’Elisir D’Amore). In addition to these engagements, Mr. Nam is one of founders of the Christian Classical Singers, a group of professional Korean male singers and is the Artistic Director of the Washington Concert Society, a non-profit organization.
Yoonsoo Shin, tenor
- Keimyung University School of Music (BA)
- Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Artist Diploma
- University of Maryland School of Music, Masters of Music.
- Artist of Anthony George Artist Management
- Music Director of SeMeHahn Presbyterian Church
- Member of the Christian Classical Singers
Tenor Yoonsoo Shin holds an Artist Diploma from Indiana University and Master’s degree from the University of Maryland where he studied under distinguished artists including Giorgio Tozzi and Dominic Cossa. He has received numerous awards from prestigious competitions such as a study grant with the Licia Albanese Puccinni Foundation, a winner of the Liederkranz Foundation for Voice Competition and a national semi-finalist for the Metropolitan National Opera Competition Auditions. Mr. Shin performed the role of the Duke as a young artist with the Merola program at San Francisco Opera. He has gone on to perform at various leading opera companies in the United States including, Toledo Opera, Cleveland Opera, New York City Opera, Seoul Art Center and San Francisco Opera Merola program and has performed roles such as Rodolfo, Tito, Ferrando, Edgardo, Rinuccio, Ismaele, Pinkerton, Duke, Tamino, Des Grieux and Hoffmann.
James Jongsik Joo, tenor
- Member of the Washington National Opera
- Italy L’Aquila Conservatory
- Italy Pescara Academy Diploma
- Member of the Christian Classical Singers
- Music director of the National Korean United Methodist Church
Tenor James Jongsik Joo studied at the National Conservatory of Music in Aquila, Italy. In addition, he earned diploma from Accademia of Musicale pescarese in Italy. He made his operatic debut in Italy at the Rome National Opera house in the 2000 premiere production of L’Eroico Yi Sun Shin, by Nicola Samale. In 2003, he won first place at the International competition for Opera Singer in Taranto, Italy. He performed in California and Hawaii with the Bethesda String quartet as part of the Korean Immigrants Centennial celebration concert tour, and moved to the United States in 2004, where he is now serving as music director/conductor for the National Korean United Methodist Church. He performed as tenor solo of Christmas concert Messiah sing along at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. His most recent performances include Mozart Requiem sing along with New Dominion Choral, and Paul Paray Mess at the National Cathedral with Cathedral Choral Society. Mr. Joo is a member of the Washington National Opera.
Ji Eun Park, soprano
- First Prize Winner in the Piccola Opera Competition in New Hampshire
- First Prize Winner in the Metrowest Opera Competition
- Debut at Boston Symphony Hall as a soprano soloist of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in 2016
- Performed the role of the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro Pittsburgh Festival Opera in 2015.
- Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice and Opera at Boston University
- M.M. in Voice at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University
Soprano Dr. Ji Eun Park was born and grew up in Seoul, South Korea. Ms. Park has received several accolades for her opera performances. Among them they include; the fall 2012 performance of Violetta in the third act of La traviata at the Fringe Festival with the Boston University Opera Institute. “Park’s initially delicate singing accurately depicted Violetta’s physical and mental frailty, but she revealed a clean, well-tempered sound in her passionate duet with Alfredo.” “Ji Eun Park used her gleaming soprano to penetrating effect as Composer” in Ariadne auf Naxos, and “Ji Eun Park brought warm charisma to the opera’s subversive protagonist, Eliza, and shaped a strong, resolute persona with minimal resources” in Nico Muhly’s Dark Sisters.
In 2016, Dr. Park made her debut at Boston Symphony Hall as a soprano soloist of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony conducted by Ken-David Masur. In the summer of 2015 she was a featured artist at Pittsburgh Festival Opera and performed the role of the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro. She has performed numerous lead roles in opera productions of the Boston University Opera Institute including Violetta (La traviata, act 3), Lidoine (Dialogues of the Carmelites), Miss Wingrave (Owen Wingrave), Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito), Eliza (Dark sisters), and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni). Also, she performed Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos and Beatrice in Beatrice et Benedict while at Cleveland, and Countess in Le nozze di Figaro and First Lady in Magic Flute during her Masters Degree. For concert work she performed the whole work of Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s The Creation in the Yonsei Concert Choir and was the soprano soloist of Handel’s Dixit Dominus, HWV 232 with Neponset Choral Society.
Dr. Park was a first prizewinner in both the local Metrowest Opera Competition and the Piccola Opera Competition in New Hampshire; 4th prizewinner of the Bel Canto Competition and received the encouragement award from the NEMPAC competition in Boston.
She earned her Bachelors Degree in Voice from Yonsei University in Korea. In the United States she received her Masters Degree in Voice from the Peabody Conservatory studying with Prof. Phyllis Bryn-Julson, and an Artist Diploma in Voice and Opera from the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Dr. Mary Schiller. In 2016, she got her Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice and Opera from Boston University studying with Penelope Bitzas.
Recently, Dr. Park joined Boston Soloists Ensemble and performed for their concert series. She resides in Gaithersburg, MD and is currently a music director and soloist at Korean Presbyterian Church of Baltimore. She also teaches voice and piano at Roberson School of Music in Columbia and International School of Music in Bethesda.
Linda Apple Monson, piano
- Director of the School of Music in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University
- Director of Music at Springfield United Methodist Church
- D.M.A. Piano Performance, Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University
- M.M. Piano Performance, Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University
- Diploma in Piano from Música en Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
- B.M. Education (Piano and Bassoon), Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Linda Apple Monson, International Steinway Artist, serves as the Director of the School of Music in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University. Named a University Distinguished Service Professor at Mason in 2012, Dr. Monson received the prestigious 2014 Influential Women of Virginia award. Dr. Monson is the honored recipient of the George Mason University 2012 Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year award. In addition, she earned the George Mason University 2009 Teaching Excellence Award “for exemplary dedication to student learning and commitment to educational excellence.” In honor of the extraordinary impact that Dr. Monson has had within the Mason community, multiple donors established the Dr. Linda Apple Monson Music Endowment Fund in 2011 for student scholarships within Mason’s School of Music. A recognized arts leader at Mason, Dr. Monson previously served as Managing Director of the School of Music (2014-16), Associate Director of the School of Music (2002-2014), and Director of Keyboard Studies. Monson has been a professor in Mason’s School of Music since 1999. In addition, she serves as Director of Music at Springfield United Methodist Church.
Dr. Monson was elected to the National Association of Schools of Music Commission on Accreditation, the board overseeing accreditation for music programs at institutions of higher education across the nation. Elected for a three year term (2017-2020), Monson holds one of the positions representing doctoral degree-granting institutions. Monson has served as an accreditation visitor for NASM since 2015, and in that capacity, has traveled to other schools of music in the United States as part of a 3-person assessment team of national arts leaders.
Dr. Monson has been selected for the Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster, in collaboration with the U.S. State Department and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. In addition, she appears on the International Steinway Artist Roster. An active performer/scholar and an internationally recognized “master teacher,” she has given lecture-recitals, solo piano recitals, and piano master classes throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. She was recently chosen as a featured lecture-recitalist for the 2017 International Conference of the College Music Society held in Sydney, Australia. She also performed recitals and gave piano master classes in Kuala Lumpur, Malyasia; Seoul, Korea; and San Jose, Costa Rica in the summer of 2017. Monson performed as piano concerto soloist with the Mason Symphony Orchestra in December of 2016, under the direction of Dr. Dennis Layendecker. Monson performed in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland in 2015 and served as an International Juror for the final round of the 2013 Washington Piano Invitational Competition held at the Kennedy Center. She was also a featured lecture-recitalist for the 2013 International College Music Society Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. Monson was named a Visiting Guest Professor at Nanjing Normal University, China in 2010-2014.
Dr. Monson received the Toastmaster’s International Communication and Leadership Award (2014) “in recognition of outstanding dedication, leadership, and contributions in the areas of education and international understanding.” Professor Monson delivered two TEDx Talks in 2014 and 2015 entitled (1) Conquering Stagefright and (2) Music and Math: A Harmonious Intersection. Dr. Monson serves as President of Mason’s chapter of Phi Beta Delta, a national honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement and excellence in international education. Professor Monson served five terms as a Faculty Senator at George Mason University and was elected by the university faculty to serve on the GMU Presidential Search Committee (2011-12). Serving on both Mason’s Faculty Arts Board and Friends of Music at Mason Board, Monson is also a presenter for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of George Mason University. In addition, Monson is a frequent performer at Mason as a solo and collaborative piano artist.
Monson delivered a lecture-recital at the 2007 Oxford Round Table in England and was a featured lecture-recitalist for the Alban Berg International Festival in Hannover, Germany in 2006. Monson was an invited concert artist and piano master class clinician at Nanjing Normal University (China) in 2010. She also performed as collaborative pianist at the Society for Musicology in the Ireland 2011 Conference in Dublin. Monson was a featured lecture-recital artist for International Conferences of the College Music Society in Dubrovnik, Croatia (2009), Bangkok, Thailand (2007), Madrid, Spain (2005), and San Jose, Costa Rica (2003). Monson also delivered a lecture-recital for the Hawaii 2006 International Conference on Arts and Humanities. Monson has presented scholarly research and delivered lecture-recitals within the past few years at National Conferences of the College Music Society held in Minneapolis, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, and Miami. In addition, Monson has also presented solo piano recitals and piano master classes at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge (LSU Composer’s Forum), Davidson College (North Carolina) Artist Series, Mary Baldwin College (Virginia), West Virginia University, and University of Richmond. Monson also performed at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music (San Juan), University of California at Berkeley, Westminster Choir College (New Jersey), University of Miami (Florida), Bowling Green University, Gardner-Webb University (North Carolina), Meredith College (North Carolina), Gettysburg College, College of Southern Maryland (performing a world premiere), and University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She performed as piano concerto soloist several times with the George Mason University Symphony Orchestra (directed by Dennis Layendecker and by Anthony Maiello) and also performed with Richard Stoltzman and the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, directed by Jim Carroll, in performances at Mason’s Center for the Arts. An advocate of new music, Monson has presented numerous solo piano world premieres by American composers, including solo piano world premieres at George Mason University by Mason faculty composers Mark Camphouse, Glenn Smith, and Jesse Guessford. She has also recently performed in Washington D.C. at the White House, the Czech Embassy, and the New Zealand Embassy.
An active adjudicator in piano competitions and festivals, Monson served as a juror for the 2016 National Symphony Orchestra Concerto auditions for high school students. She also presented a piano master class for the 2016 and 2017 International Piano Competition (I Institute–Beijing held at GMU). Dr. Monson also served as an International Juror for the 2009 Washington International Piano Competition.. She was invited as a panelist and concert commentator for the Virginia Chamber Orchestra satellite broadcasts, Music of the Romantic Era and Music by Modern Masters, which were sent to all community colleges in the United States. She also served as collaborative pianist for the International Clarinet Festival and Competition at the University of Maryland. Monson has served as President of the College Music Society Mid-Atlantic Region and she has served on the College Music Society International Initiatives Committee. In addition, Dr. Monson served as a 2016 juror for the Arts Council of Fairfax County’s Operating Support Grant awards and a 2014 reviewer for the Strauss Artist Grant awards.
A native of central Pennsylvania, Monson earned three degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore: the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance, the Master of Music Degree in Piano, and the Bachelor of Music Education Degree with a double-major in Piano and Bassoon. She also received a Diploma in Piano from Musica en Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. In addition, she studied at the Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, California. Monson previously served on the music faculties of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore School for the Arts, and Northern Virginia Community College. She is married to Dr. Keith L. Monson, a forensic scientist. The Monsons are blessed with two children, Kristofer and Linnea.
Carolyn Hyun Ha Oh, flute
- Music faculty of Montgomery College and Washington Adventist University
- Founder and director of Concert Artists International
- Winner of the Flute Society of Washington’s Young Artist Competition
- Former principal flutist of the Washington Symphony Orchestra
- Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance Catholic University of America
- M.M. in Flute Performance at Indiana University
Praised for her “uniquely subtle gradation of tone,” Carolyn Hyun Ha Oh, former principal flutist of the Washington Symphony Orchestra, enjoys a versatile career as a performer and educator in the Washington DC area. She received her degrees in flute performance from the Peabody Conservatory (BM), Indiana University (MM) and the Catholic University of America (DMA). Her principal teachers include Vanita Jones, Thomas Robertello and Jacques Zoon, with additional coachings with the legendary Julius Baker, former principal flutist of the New York Philharmonic.
As soloist, she has toured the U.S., England and South Africa with the New England Symphonic Ensemble. She has also appeared as soloist with the Washington Symphony Orchestra, Avanti Orchestra of the Friday Morning Music Club, Montgomery College Orchestra and the Southeastern Music Center Orchestra. As an orchestral musician, she has played principal flute at Carnegie Hall under the baton of John Rutter, as well as with the Washington Summer Opera Orchestra and the Washington Korean Symphony Orchestra, among others. She has also performed with the Chamber Orchestra of America, The Landon Symphonette and the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra at such venues as the Kennedy Center, George Mason Center for the Arts, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and Strathmore.
A prize winner of the Flute Society of Washington’s Young Artist Competition, Dr. Oh was a recipient of several awards and prizes, including the 2 Yamaha Prizes at the Julius Baker International Master Classes. An active soloist and chamber musician, Dr. Oh’s playing is featured on the CD, “Chamber Music with Guitar,” with guitarist Phil Mathieu, which won the 2009 WAMMIE for best Classical recording.
A passionate educator, Dr. Oh is on the music faculty of Montgomery College and Washington Adventist University. She also serves as director of the MCYO (Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras) Junior Flute Choir. She serves as adjudicator for festivals and competitions and maintains an active private studio. Her students regularly place in local and national competitions as well as winning positions in MCYO, PVYO, AYPO, All-County and All-State ensembles.
Carolyn is a founder and director of Concert Artists International, whose mission is to create world class performance opportunities for deserving musicians (www.concertartistsinternational.com).
William Chang, piano
- Faculty Member of Montgomery College in Germantown, MD
- Choir Director of One Body Church, VA
- Piano Instructor of Black Rock Center for the Arts
- Accompanist of the Christian Classical Singers
- DMA (piano), University of Maryland
- MM (piano), Peabody Conservatory of Music
Dr. William Chang received DMA degree from University of Maryland at College Park. He studied with Ms. Larissa Dedova and chamber music with Ms. Rita Sloan. Also, he studied at Peabody Conservatory of Music for MM degree and at Toho School of Music in Tokyo, Japan for BM degree. He has performed in Japan, Korea, and USA including the Carnegie Recital Hall in NY City. He is currently teaching at Montgomery College and Black Rock Center for the Arts in MD, and Choir Director at One Body Church in VA. His teachers include Boris Slutsky, Marian Hahn, Seth knopp, Yasusi Hirose, Shuku Iwasaki, and Akira Miyoshi.
Ellen Bokyung Suh, piano
- MM, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
- BM, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
- Teaching Assistant in Piano/Keyboard Department at Peabody
- Accompanist at Peabody Conservatory and Preparatory
- Lillian Gutman Memorial Prize Recipient
- Lillian Hirschmann Konowitz Memorial Scholarship Recipient
As an active soloist and collaborative pianist, Ellen Suh has performed throughout the United States and Korea. Ms. Suh has appeared in venues such as Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall, Korean Embassy, An die Musik, Miriam A. Friedberg Hall, and many others. She has received a number of prizes and awards at competitions and schools including Maryland State Music Teachers Association, Friday Morning Music Club Piano Competition and Peabody Institute. Ms. Suh has earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance and Master's degree in piano performance/pedagogy from Peabody, where she was awarded a graduate assistantship with a full scholarship in the piano/keyboard department.