2022-2023 Concert Season
We are glad to announce that the 10th WCS Vocal Academy class will be open on Saturday, October 15th, 2022. WCS is resuming classes in person now. If you want to register, click here and email firstname.lastname@example.org after filling out the form.
Please contact 703-728-3339 (Seong Nam) if you have any questions.
Night of Korean Art Songs
∎Meet the Performers
Veronica Kim, soprano
- Adjunct Professor, Voice, at Trinity Washington University
- Debut as the Queen of the Night in the opera Die Zauberflöte in Seoul, Hamburg, and Rome
- Performed The Fairy-Queen the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Italy.
- Doctorate degree in Early Music, Conservatorio di musica "Giuseppe Verdi" in Milan, Italy
- D.M.A. (Voice), University of Minnesota
- GPD (Voice), Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University
Soprano Veronica Kim studied history and law at Sogang University and then studied classical voice performance music at Sookmyung Women's University Graduate School to obtain a master's degree in Korea. She continued her studies and performing career for eight years in Europe, mainly in Germany and Italy, and studied opera performance at the Hamburger Konservatorium (Hamburg Municipal College of Music) in Germany. She graduated from the Conservatorio di musica "G. Verdi" di Milano, Italy (the National University of Music in Milan, Italy), with a diploma in opera performance and a doctorate in early music voice performance summa cum laude. She made her successful role debut as the Queen of the Night in the opera Die Zauberflöte in Seoul, Hamburg, and Rome. She also performed various roles like Susanna, Violetta, Gilda, Serpina, Adina, and the title role of The Fairy-Queen in a baroque opera production of the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Italy. Moreover, she has placed in numerous international competitions and music festivals in Europe, including second place at the 20th Rome Anemos International Competition. She performed both of the roles of Diana and Giove in Diana in Cavalli's La Calisto in a Peabody production and the role of Olga in A. Dargomyzhsky's Rusalka in August 2017 in Philadelphia. She performed Serpina from La Serva Padrona at Teatro Macedonio Alcalá in Mexico. She also took the main roles of Pamina from The Magic Flute, and the Governess from The Turn of the Screw in productions of the University of Minnesota.
As a professional concert performer of art songs and sacred music, Veronica Kim has received numerous invitations worldwide, including the Easter Celebration Concert at the Vatican in 2015 and the Invitational Concert of the Republic of San Marino. She is also active in operas and concerts in the United States. She was the only non-westerner member of the Roman Baroque Ensemble and with them released a CD, a Baroque historical performance on the Bon Giovanni label. After she relocated to the U.S., she obtained a professional performer diploma (GPD) at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. She then completed the D.M.A. (Doctor of Musical Arts) in vocal performance major with a minor in Ethnomusicology at U of Minnesota. She is currently teaching applied voice as an adjunct faculty professor at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C. She will join a member of the voice faculty of the University of Minnesota, Duluth in 2022 fall.
Ji Eun Park, soprano
- Debut at Boston Symphony Hall as a soprano soloist of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in 2016
- First Prize Winner in the Piccola Opera Competition in New Hampshire
- 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, such as the fall 2012 performance of Violetta in the third act of La traviata at the Fringe Festival with the Boston University Opera Institute. Park has been acknowledged for her clean, well-tempered sound and ability to accurately depict the character of the roles she performs for. 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 addition to winning countless awards, Dr. Park was a first prizewinner in both the local Metrowest Opera Competition and Piccola Opera Competition in New Hampshire. 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.
Min Jin, tenor
- Associate Professor of Voice at Towson University
- DMA (Voice), Eastman School of Music
- MM (Voice), Mannes School of Music
- Debut at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center
- Member of the National Teachers Association
- Music Director of the Bethel Korean Presbyterian Church
Tenor Dr. Min Jin has a versatile and wide-ranging career as a leading operatic tenor, recitalist, conductor, and voice professor. Praises for his easy lyricism, emotional intensity, and extraordinary top notes, Dr. Jin has delighted audiences throughout the world.
His virtuoso singing has taken him to many of the major concert halls such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. His opera performances include the leading tenor roles in La Boheme, Rigoletto, Carmen, Otello, La Rondine, Lucia di Lammermoor, Romeo et Juliette, L’elisir d’amore, Manon, Werther, and several other roles with the New Jersey State Opera, Ann Arbor Opera, Aspen Opera, Rochester Mercury Opera, Dicapo Opera, NY Touring Opera, Academic Opera, Mannes Opera, Eastman Opera, PoHang Opera and Kwangju City Opera. He also performed with numerous regional orchestras on the East Coast and the Midwest.
Dr. Jin currently works as Division Leader and Associate Professor of voice at Towson University in Maryland.
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
- President 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.
- 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.
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.
William Chang, piano
- Faculty Member of Montgomery College in Germantown, MD
- Choir Director of One Body Church, VA
- Piano Instructor of Blackrock 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 Blackrock 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.
Cellist Hyun Ji Choi enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. She has been heard in venues as diverse as the Alice Tully Hall of the Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. to name a few. Her artistry has taken her to perform in South Korea, Japan, Canada, Mexico, and Argentina as a soloist and a chamber musician. While living in Chicago, she performed a wide selection of solo cello and chamber music repertoires as a member of Apas Duo/Trio, appearing as a frequent and regular guest in many of the recital series and educational programs for public libraries, hospitals, and community centers in the region. She was a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony in Michigan and now appears as a guest musician for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
A native of Seoul, S. Korea, Hyun Ji earned her bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School and her master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music. She has participated in the Saugatuck Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, Toronto Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and Killington Music Festival. She performs regularly in the Washington metropolitan area with her piano trio, Trio Kalos. She is a full-time cello faculty member at the Peabody Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Hyejin Kim leads an exciting career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician as concertmaster and sectional and conductor. She teaches violin, viola, and conducts at Bello Chamber Youth orchestra. Dr. Kim participates as a judge at Howard county solo and ensemble auditions, American Asian Music society International competition, and MSMTA solo competition. She attended Catholic University of America with music scholarship, graduating with Doctor of Musical Arts, and received Master of Music from Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. She won first place at 2013 American Protégé International Piano & String competition and was invited to play at Carnegie Hall in 2013. She won first place at Catholic University America concerto competition in 2008. Dr. Kim joined Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, and Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. She was a member of Violin/Viola/Chamber faculty for 8 years at the Levine school of Music . She plays as a solo violinist and violist at Friday Morning Music club and performs solo violin concerto and concertmaster with orchestra. She performed solo viola for a recital at An die Music Live concert series in 2021 year . You can find more video of her performances at https://www.youtube.com/c/
Violinist Minjin Lee, a native of South Korea, is an avid orchestral and chamber musician who has performed extensively throughout Europe, Russia, South Korea, and the United States. Minjin is a first violin section member of the Allentown Symphony and York Symphony, and has performed with Annapolis Symphony and Washington Chamber Orchestra as well.
A graduate of Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University where she received her Master of Music degree and Graduate Performance Diploma, under the tutelage of Herbert Greenberg, former concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony. During her times at Peabody, she received Artistic Excellence Award and J.C. Van Hulsteyn Award. She served as a concertmaster of the Peabody Chamber Orchestra and an associate concertmaster of the Peabody Conductors Orchestra. Chamber masterclass appearances include Leon Fleisher, Brentano String Quartet, and Jupiter String Quartet.
Minjin has participated in music festivals including Summit, Atlantic, Texas, Napa Valley Music Festival, David Kim Orchestral Institute, Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy, and Prague Summer Nights, where she worked with musicians from Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Radio Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and Philadelphia Symphony.
With a genuine love of music, Haerin Jee decided to become a professional violinist at
the age of eleven in her native Korea. She began lessons with violinist Namil Chung who was the
concertmaster of Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra. Shortly after she began her studies, she started
to win competitions including the prestigious Korea Mozart Competition in which she won first
out of all middle school, high school, and college student players.
Haerin has constantly given private lessons for ages 5-17, played in small chamber
groups, and played with orchestras including Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Columbia
Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, and UMD Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Symphony
Orchestra where she served as section violin, principal second violin, and assistant
concertmaster. She also has played in masterclasses with violinist Cho-Linag Lin and David
She was awarded a full merit scholarship at the University of Maryland where she earned
her Bachelor of Music, studying with professor David Salness. She also received her Master of
Music Degree studying with professor Judith Ingolfsson at the Peabody Conservatory with
excellent artist scholarship.