2019-2020 Concert Season
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WCS 2019 - 2020 season concert series
WCS BENEFIT CONCERT
Sunday, MARCH 08, 2020
Harris Theatre at George Mason University
4471 Aquia Creek Lane
Fairfax, VA 22030
∎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.
Oriana Falla, soprano
Colombian-American Soprano, Oriana Falla, recently made her role debut as Violetta in New Rochelle Opera’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata. She made her professional operatic debut in Numi Opera’s inaugural season as Donna Clara in Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg.
She attended UCLA where she studied with renowned baritone, Vladimir Chernov. There she was the featured soprano soloist for Vaughan William’s Dona Nobis Pacem in Royce Hall, Orff's Carmina Burana with the UCLA Philharmonia and La Fée in Massenet’s Cendrillon. She made her Zipper Hall debut in 2016 with The Opera Buffs where she sang the role of Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen and was awarded an artist grant. She is a frequent soloist with the Long Beach Camerata singers where she recently sang Orff’s Carmina Burana and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem.
She has performed under the batons of Neal Stulberg, Christopher Ocasek, Grant Gershon, Gustavo Dudamel and has worked closely with coaches Douglas Sumi, Anthony Manoli and Ira Siff. Oriana is a native of Los Angeles, CA.
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 450 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.
Suchan Kim, baritone
“Suchan Kim commanded each scene he appeared in with a focused, muscular baritone and brought the house down with a virtuosic portrayal of the increasingly drunken servant, Germano.” The New York Times
“Equally malleable and expressive was the singing of baritone Suchan Kim's meddlesome servant Germano, a sort of Figaro on steroids (and booze), who acted with zeal and athletic skill.” OPERA NEWS
"Baritone Suchan Kim sang Tarquinius with a voice seductive warmth and overpowering strength." OPERA NEWS
“The evening ended, for instance, with a powerhouse vocal display from soprano Marina Boudart Harris and baritone Suchan Kim. In the duet from Act 3 of Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin" - the lone non-Italianate ringer - Boudart Harris' flair and well-placed high notes made a fine match with Kim's suave and fluent contribution.” San Francisco Cronicle
"Suchan Kim offered a swaggering, self-assured Giovanni and a warm, richly developed baritone." THE VIRGINIA GAZETTE
“'Kim defined a singing actor. He made the role his. In fact, he was a take home memory, so total was his amusing portrayal. He embraced the fun, while offering a rich, full voice that overflowed with warmth and lots of appeal.” THE VIRGINIA GAZETTE
“Suchan Kim (Tobias Mill) magnetizes the audience to him throughout the evening, with a sumptuous baritone voice and precisely communicative Italian. He is wonderfully funny without ever becoming cartoonish, and sustains a level of energy in both voice and deportment that left me exhausted just watching him.” OPERA TODAY
“The four voices were a pleasure to hear, and were terrific mutual dramatic foils. Suchan Kim and Scott were vivacious and extroverted, while Sungwook Kim and Martinez were self-contained, secure together but confused by their antagonist. Suchan emphasized power and virility, while Sungwook sang with an elegant line and quiet confidence.” New York Classical Review
"Suchan Kim, who sang the ill-bred and macho guy who takes him out, had a sexy presence and a thrilling lunge of phrase. It would be fun to hear him in a role that let him show off." PARTERRE BOX
Suchan Kim (Baritone), a native of Busan, South Korea, recently sang the role of Giorgio Germont in New Rochelle Opera’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata. He has performed as a resident in San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program as well as with The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Carnegie Hall, Mannes Opera, Dallas Opera’s The Hart Institute for Women Conductors, Sarasota Opera, Opera in Williamsburg, Bare Opera, New Rochelle Opera, New Amsterdam Opera, Loft Opera, Opera Ithaca, Barn Opera, Amore Opera, Boardwalk Opera, Sinfonietta of Riverdale, The New York Concert Opera, New York Grand Opera, New York Lyric Opera, Fairfield County Chorale, Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York, Sign & Sing, NYU IMPACT Conference, MidAmerica Productions, National Theater of Korea, Seoul Arts Center and several opera companies in South Korea.
His role credits include Don Giovanni and Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Count and Figaro in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Hoël in Meyerbeer’s Dinorah, Enrico in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Marcello and Schaunard in Puccini’s La Bohéme, Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff, Alfonso in Donizetti’s La Favorita, Silvio in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, Marullo in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Giorgio Germont and Barone Douphol in Verdi’s La Traviata, Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Dandini in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Germano in Rossini’s La Scala di Seta, Tobia Mill in Rossini’s La cambiale di matrimonio, Yamadori and Bonzo in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Dancaïre in Bizet’s Carmen, Le Marquis de la Force and Jailer in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, Salieri in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri, Paquiro in Granados' Goyescas, Fiorello and L’Ufficiale in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Le chat and L’horlage comtoise in Ravel’s L’Enfant et Les Sortilèges, Simeon from Debussy’s L’Enfant Prodigue, Payador from Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires, Father in Kamala Sankaram’s Thumbprint, King Solomon in Dina Pruzhansky's Hebrew opera 'Shulamit’, The Critic in John Gilbert’s multimedia opera ‘Rotation’ and Strange Man in Faye Chiao’s ‘Island of the Moon’.
He was an Eastern District Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2011 and he received the Opera Award from Mannes Opera in 2013. Mr. Kim holds a Bachelor of Music from Korea National University of Arts and a Master’s Degree and a Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College, the New School for Music. He studies with Arthur Levy.
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.