2018-19 Concert Season
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WCS 2019 - 2020 season opening concert
"A Summer Night's Dream"
August 11, 2019
Harris Theatre at George Mason University
∎Meet the Performers
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 master’s 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 bachelor’s degree in Voice from Yonsei University in Korea. In the United States she received her master’s 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.
JiYoung Choi, mezzo soprano
- M.M. in ChuGye University School of Music
- Performed with Ukraine Symphony Orchestra and National Theater
- Performed Cosi Fan Tutte, Cavalleria Rusticana, “armen
- Member of the Korean Professional Choir
- Member of the Washington Metropolitan Women’s Choir
JiYoung Choi, South Korean Mezzo Soprano, received her master’s degree with honor of the Music School from the ChuGye University for the Arts and completed the course of Academia Internazionale del Musical in Italy. She has devoted herself as a professional to train as a vocal coach at ChuGye University.
Ms. Choi performed with the Ukraine Symphony Orchestra and National Theater, she performed main roles in the Mozart Opera Cosi Fan Tutte, the Mascani Opera Cavalleria Rusticana, the Bizet Opera Carmen, and the role of Maria in the Musical Jesus Christ Superstar. Through all these experiences, she has established herself as a professional of voice and as an emerging artist.
Ms. Choi’s repertoire includes numerous Arias in Opera, Samson et Dalia, Carmen, and II Barbiere de Siviglia. In addition, she also performed as an Alto Solo in Handel Messiah, Mozart Coronation Mass. She is currently an active member of the Korean Professional Choir as a vocalist and is also serving as a Mezzo soprano for the Washington Metropolitan Women’s Choir (WMWC).
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.
Hyun Oh Shin, baritone
- Music Director of the United Choir of Passion
- Conductor at the Washington Messiah Presbyterian Church
- President of the Christian Classical Singers
- GPD and M.M. in Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University (Voice)
- B.M. Chung-Ang University in Seoul, Korea (Voice)
Korean baritone Hyun-Oh Shin is a well-known active performer, conductor and musician in the Washington metropolitan area. He made his debut as a young artist at the 56th Young Artist’s Music Festival held by Chosun Daily Newspaper in Korea before he came to America for his graduate study. Mr. Shin has earned M.M. and Graduate Diploma of Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University. Throughout his graduate studies, Mr. Shin has won numerous vocal competitions including Opera at Florham Guild, 62nd YWCA Studio Club Vocal Competition and Friedrich Schorr Memorial Competition. He was also a finalist of the Queens Opera Vocal Competition and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Audition. He has been a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists since 1997, and Mr. Shin performed more than 400 performances with the Washington National Opera as a principal or as a chorister. His leading roles of operas have included Don Giovanni and Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Yakusidé in Madama Butterfly, and Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. In addition to being a soloist, he has performed lots of Oratorios in America and in Korea, including Mozart’s Requiem and Missa Brevis, Handel’s Messiah, Hayden’s Die Schopfung, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Faure’s Requem, Dubois’s The Seven Last Words of Christ and Saint-Saens’s Christmas Oratorio. Mr. Shin is the director of music of the United Choir of Passion and is a conductor at Washington Messiah Presbyterian Church. He is also the president of the Christian Classical Singers, Korean professional male group in the Washington Metropolitan area.
Junhee Han, baritone
- Keimyung University School of Music (BA)
- M.M. in Voice and Opera in Oklahoma City University and Temple University
- Performed with the Seoul City Symphony Orchestra
- First Prize Winner in the Natz Vocal Competition and the Clamuze Vocal Competition
- Performed Don Carlo, Elixir of Love, Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro
Baritone Junhee Han is a promising opera singer both in South Korea and the United States. He was born and raised in South Korea and received his bachelor’s degree at Keimyung University. He has been established as an operatic baritone based on strong academic backgrounds and numerous concert engagements. He performed with the Seoul City Symphony Orchestra and has made regular appearances at concerts and music festivals in Seoul and Ulsan City in Korea. Mr. Han possesses a powerful and deep baritone voice, as he has established himself as a multitalented opera singer.
His relentless pursuit in music had led him to the United States and he received two master’s degrees. During his studies, he won first place in the Natz Vocal Competition and the Clamuze Vocal Competition. Mr. Han’s versatility as an artist is evident in the diverse roles he has performed. Stage credits include Filippo II in Don Carlo, Belcore in Elixir of Love, Ramiro in L'heure Espagnole, Speaker in Magic Flute, Orphee in Le Malheurs D’orphee, Mr. Ford in Falstaff, Crespel in Hoffmann, Don Gioavanni in Don Giovanni, Emperor in Le Rossignol, Colline in La Boheme, and Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro.
William Chang, piano
- Faculty Member at 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 has performed in various concerts include the Athenaeum Symposia series at Montgomery College, Yeon-Sae University (S. Korea)’s concert series as a solo pianist. Also, he is actively collaborating with various local musicians to promote classical music. He 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.
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.