2017-18 Concert Season
On Sunday, October 29th in Virginia and on Saturday, November 4th in Maryland, we present to you "The Lyricism of the Korean Art Songs", following "The Beauty of the Korean Art Songs" (March 19, 2017).
In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, "The Quincentenary of the Reformation Memorial Concert" will be performed Saturday, November 11th.
In May 2018, we will be having a performance Donizetti's comic opera, "Elixir of Love" in concert version.
The Lyricism of The Korean Art Songs
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29, at 7pm
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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, at 7pm
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∎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 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.
Lilly Junghee Ahn, soprano
- Music Director at the Beloved Companion Church
- Member of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society
- Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice at University of Maryland
- M.M. in Voice at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University
- B.M. in Voice at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Lilly Junghee Ahn received her Bachelor in Music studying vocal performance from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Upon graduating, she continued her studies at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland and she received her Master in Music and Doctorate in Musical Art from University of Maryland where she studied with Dominic Cossa. Dr. Ahn sings for Baltimore Choral Arts Society under the music director, Tom Hall and was featured in televised concert in 2015, where she sang Mozart’s Allelujah.
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 Semihahn 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.
Kwang-Kyu Lee, bass
- Grand Prize at the Classical Singers Auditions with the Audience Choice Award
- Second prize at the New Jersey State Opera International Vocal Competition
- Performed operas with the Annapolis Opera, Opera in the Heights in Houston, the Opera Camerata, the Summer Opera and the Opera International at the Washington D.C., etc.
- Performed Solo Recital at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
- M.M. and Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice and Opera at University of Maryland
- B.M. in Voice at Han-Yang University in Seoul Korea
Described a possessing a voice with the "power that one associates with much more mature basses" and "already uses his big, tonally opulent voice with intelligence and subtle control" Kwangkyu Lee is an imposing and authoritative singer, ideal for portraying the "stalwart" bass roles.
-Joseph McClellan, Washington Post,
"Lee's arias revealed a dark, powerful voice- His word play of those wonderful coloratura passages brought out with admirable dexterity and flair."
-the Baltimore Sun
Notable roles include Sarastro in The Magic Flute, Ferrando in Il Trovatore, the title role in Don Pasquale, Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Raimondo inLucia di Lammermoor, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Betto in Gianni Schicchi, Colline in La bohème, Dulcamara in L'elisir d'amore, Gremin in Eugene Onegin, Mustafa in L'Italiana in Algeri, Frère Laurence in Romeo et Juliette, and Sparafucile in Rigoletto. Companies with whom he has appeared on stage include the Annapolis Opera, Opera in the Heights in Houston, the Opera Camerata, the Summer Opera and the Opera International at the Washington D.C., Maryland Opera Studio, the St. Barthelemy Music Festival, St. Petersburg Opera, Southern Opera Theatre, and the Bel Cantanti Opera, etc.
He has presented solo recitals at The Kennedy Center in The Washington D.C. sponsored by The Korean Embassy and at Carnegie Hall in New York, Schumann's Dichterliebe at the Art Club of Washington D.C., and Schubert's Winterreise.
He is the winner of several prizes, including the Grand Prize at the Classical Singers Auditions with the Audience Choice Award, Annapolis Opera Competition; the second prize at the New Jersey State Opera International Vocal Competition and the William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition; third prize at the Metropolitan Opera Regional Competition, the Liederkranz Foundation Vocal Competition, The Connecticut Opera Vocal Competition, and the Altamura Caruso International Competition.
Dr. Lee earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in voice performance at the University of Maryland at College Park, also he has appeared in the numerous productions at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as a chorister.
∎About the Accompanists
William Chang, piano
- Faculty Member of Montgomery College in Germantown, MD (2008~)
- Choir Director of One Body Church, VA (2014~)
- Piano Instructor of Black Rock Center for the Arts (2008~)
- Accompanist of the Christian Classical Singers (2008~)
- 2004, DMA (piano), University of Maryland
- 1997, 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.
Ieseul Yoen, piano
- Performed in master classes with Soo-mi Ahn, John Perry, Antoinette Perry and Ory Shihor
- Accompanist at School of Music, University of Maryland
- Pursuing Doctoral Music of Arts in Collaborative Piano at University of Maryland
- M.M. in Piano Performance at Manhattan School of Music
- B.M. in Piano Performance at Manhattan School of Music
As a Korean collaborative pianist, Ieseul Yoen had great musical influence by growing up in musical family which led her into the classical music world. She went to the SunHwa Arts Middle School and at the middle of her SunHwa Arts High School’s life which was at age 16, she decided to move to the United States to study music at Idyllwild Arts Academy to complete high school. And then, she moved to New York City and received a Bachler degree in Classical piano performance at Manhattan School of Music where she began to extend her musical career as a wonderful collaborative pianist. Ms. Yoen has started to work in vocal studios where she was introduced and described as a lyrical, sensitive and special-gifted accompanist and coach. Also, she has started to be a rehearsal pianist in opera. Recently, she has coached and conducted some opera scenes in a small opera company in South Korea. Ms. Yoen recently graduated from Manhattan School of Music with Master of Music degree under the tutelage of Warren Jones. Ms. Yoen is pursuing a Doctoral Music of Arts degree as a collaborative pianist at University of Maryland, College Park in the studio of Rita Sloan.