Pianist Bethany Pho makes LMC debut at the Frye on April 7

A concert of piano music by Mozart and Chopin as well as a Brahms viola sonata will be featured at the April 7 concert at the Frye Art Museum beginning at 2pm.

Bethany Pho, pianist, performed for recitals, weddings, special events and department stores throughout her school years. She holds a B.A. in Music and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, and a Masters in Design Methods from Illinois Institute of Technology. After graduating college, she worked as an engineer/design researcher and played for special events when possible. Piano performance is her true passion and she continually seeks out opportunities to share her music skills. While working as an engineer at The Boeing Company she was inspired by the opportunity to compose music for trade show displays and provide guidance for advertising music. She is now a mother of two boys, revitalizing her music career after realizing how the pursuit of music adds a depth of understanding to every aspect of life.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Grace Huang began studying the piano at age five. She earned a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at the University of Washington School of Music, where she studied with Dr. Robin McCabe. As a winner of prestigious Brechemin Scholarship and Elizabeth Goldmann Award, she also had the privilege of working with Seattle Symphony musicians and working in masterclasses with internationally acclaimed pianists. She hopes to share her enthusiasm for music as a solo and collaborative pianist with the community.

Violist Yi Zhou is pursuing a diverse career as a violin/viola teacher, chamber musicianand soloist. She has appeared in many music venues across North America, Europe and China. Yi has been featured at Benaroya Hall, Nordstrom Recital Hall, Meany Hall for the Performing Arts, Chinese Embassy in France and Université de Poitiers etc. She has played the principal viola in a number of orchestras including the UW Symphony. She has also performed at a number of master classes, including those given by Garth Knox, Yizhak Schotten, Manchin Zhang, among others. Yi received her Master’s degree on Viola Performance from University of Washington, supervised by Professor Melia Watras. She has another Master’s degree in Violin Performance from Wuhan Conservatory of Music. Before coming to the US, she was Assistant Professor of the School of Music in Nanchang University.

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Ladies Musical Club featured in The Woodinville Weekly Newspaper

LMC was recently featured in the February 13, 2018 edition of The Woodinvile Weekly newspaper.  With the eye-catching headline “The Ladies Musical Club: A Real Meat and Potatoes Organization”, the article briefly describes the history of the organization and the impact LMC, through its members, continues to make on the Seattle area through its concert series and educational outreach initiatives. Below is an excerpt with a link to the full story:

From The Woodinville Weekly; 13 Feb 2018; Written by Kirsten Abel

The Ladies Musical Club of Seattle has a quaint-sounding name.

“You immediately see hats and gloves and teacups and so on,” said Dorene Kenkman, a Carnation resident and a former Ladies Musical Club president.

But the club—organization might be a better word for it—is anything but quaint.  “This is something that’s got real meat and potatoes to it and it’s been going for over 100 years,” Kenkman said.

Ellen Bartlett Bacon, along with several other women, launched the organization out of her Seattle house in 1891. According to the Ladies Musical Club website, the group was dedicated to “developing the musical talent of its members, and stimulating musical interest in Seattle.”

Click to read the remainder of the story in The Woodinville Weekly.

Spring 2018 Performing Member Auditions to be held on Saturday, May 26.

LMC member auditions to be held on Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 12:30 PM to 4 PM at Queen Anne Christian Church

Ladies Musical Club (LMC) members participate in a wide variety of rewarding music activities and collaborations with other women of similar interests. Join us in growing our presence and influence in the community. LMC membership is open to music and fine-arts advocates as well as actively performing musicians. In addition to our outreach programs, LMC promotes music among its members through interest groups, master classes, special events, professional networking and community building. All ages are welcome!

Applying for membership

Performing and At-Large membership is by invitation of the Board of Trustees, based on audition or résumé review. Annual dues are $100 for both At-large and Performing Members over age 32.  Members who are age 32 and under pay $90 per year. Dues for members accepted during the winter/spring auditions will be half the annual rate. There is a non-refundable $25 application fee, which will be applied to the annual dues for successful applicants. To apply:

Download the LMC application for membership (PDF).
Complete the application. Save and place your name where indicated in the file name.
Email the completed application to our membership committee.
Applicants can email the LMC membership committee at with any questions that are not answered on the website, or if the application process cannot be completed.

LMC Member-musician auditions
LMC Performing Member auditions will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Queen Anne Christian Church, Seattle. Please have your application in by May 12, 2018. An application received after this date may still be considered if the audition schedule permits. If not, the application will remain active for the Spring LMC Auditions.

Applicants wishing to be accepted as a performing member have two options: audition either as a solo performer or as a collaborative/ensemble performer. In either case, the applicant shall prepare three pieces in contrasting styles, for a total of about 15 minutes of music. Music does not have to be memorized. Other requirements for specific instruments and for singers are:

Pianists wishing to audition as accompanists, but not as solo pianists, should bring a collaborator to the audition. This may be a current collaborator or LMC may be able to find a current LMC member for this purpose. If a collaborator is needed, the applicant shall notify LMC with enough time to find someone, and for the applicant to be thoroughly rehearsed by the day of the audition.

Pianists desiring to perform both as soloists and accompanists should plan to complete an audition for each category. In this case, please submit only one application and fee.

Singers should prepare songs in three different languages. At least two of the selections should be art songs, as LMC primarily presents recitals.

Applicants wishing to audition as an ensemble-only performer, please indicate this on the application. We would strongly prefer to hear the audition with a collaborator. If you have questions about this, please contact LMC at

More information about the benefits of membership

LMC showcases music of Spain and South America in its debut concert in Burien on March 4

LMC member performers and guests artists perform music of Spain and South America at Merrill Gardens in Burien on Sunday, March 4, 2018 @ 3:00 pm at Merrill Gardens. This is LMC’s first concert in Burien which is co-sponsored by the City of Burien. Click to view the entire program and for directions.

About the performers

Diane Althaus has explored many arenas of music, classical to sacred, Bach to Dvorak to Gershwin. She has organized opera ensembles, sung in a concert series titled Classy to Sassy, sung leading roles with the Fat Chance Opera company for several seasons and performed Rachmaninov songs at the Russian Community Center. She thoroughly enjoys her musical adventures and tries to entice a younger generation who may not have heard live classical vocal music into wanting to hear more.

Equally at home with viola and piano, Annie Center enjoys an international career as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. She has performed as piano soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. As violist, she has performed at the Marlboro, Ravinia, Olympic, Utah, Prague, Red Rocks, and Music In The Mountains Festivals. She has also performed with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Emerson, Cleveland, Philadelphia string quartets. Annie holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and San Francisco Conservatory. Her major teachers include Robert Schultz, Paul Hersh, Isadore Tinkelman, Robert Weirich, and Paul Coletti. While she lived in Arizona, she was the pianist of the Concorda Trio with her cellist husband, Michael Center and violinist Dana Pasley.

Joyce Gibb was born in Sri Lanka and started her early piano studies with the admired, but feared music critic Elmer DeHaan. After surviving his rigorous training, she moved to London for further studies with Swiss pianist Albert Ferber whose teachers included Rachmaninoff. Studying both piano and cello, she was awarded a gold medal for performance by the Royal Schools of Music. Now a Seattle resident, Joyce teaches and performs regularly and has been the concerto soloist with the Cascade Symphony, Seattle Philharmonic, Rainier Symphony, Port Angeles, Thalia, and Philharmonia Northwest Orchestras. Her performances have included concertos by Beethoven, Poulenc, Grieg, Addinsell, and Chopin and the 1st and 2nd piano concertos by Rachmaninoff.

Joan Lundquist has served as a collaborative pianist for Seattle area musicians and organizations for 30 years. Since moving to the area from Humboldt State University in northern California, where she was staff accompanist, Joan has worked with the Northwest Boychoir, Seattle Choral Company, has taught at Seattle University and Northwest University, and has worked with several area private music teachers. Currently, Ms. Lundquist is the Director of Music at Immanuel Lutheran Church in downtown Seattle and rehearsal accompanist for the Seattle Choral Company.

Erika Pierson grew up in the Seattle area, beginning cello at age 7. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Cello from Indiana University and her Master’s Degree in Performance from University of Michigan. Between her degrees Erika studied in Berlin, at the Hochschule der Kunste, and privately in London, England under Eileen Croxford. Erika has given solo recitals in England, including a solo performance at St Martin in the Fields, London, in Germany, Spain, and in the United States. She has performed as featured soloist with orchestras in Berlin, Ann Arbor, and Everett, WA. Currently, Erika performs regularly as the cellist in Bella Sala String Quartet, NOCCO Chamber Orchestra, and freelances and teaches in the Seattle area.

Eric Shankland (guest artist) has been playing bassoon since age 15. He played in the NCR band and the Youth Philharmonic in Dayton, Ohio. He studied with Arthur Grossman and played in the University Symphony at the University of Washington, and currently studies with Paul Rafanelli of the Seattle Symphony. He was principal bassoon in the Eastside Symphony (Redmond) for fifteen years. Eric is a research scientist at the University of Washington.

Julie Shankland has played clarinet since marching band in the Ohio snow. Since moving to Washington, Julie has played in the UW Concert Band, Eastside Symphony, West Seattle Community Orchestras, Rain City Symphony, and various chamber music camps. Julie is an adult student of Jennifer Nelson and recently learned to play bass clarinet. Julie works in the Office of General Counsel at the Washington State Bar Association.

Gwen Trussler, mezzo-soprano, holds Performance degrees from Florida State University (BM/MM) as well as ARRT Certification in Radiography, Computed Tomography, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. She has appeared with Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Heavier Than Air Theatre, Evergreen Performers, TMP Family Theater, Amici Opera, Operesque, South Georgia Opera, and Florida State Opera. A Wagner enthusiast, she was chosen to perform in the inaugural year of the Baldwin-Wallace Wagner Intensive where she coached with Jane Eaglen, Timothy Mussard, and Nancy Maultsby. Gwen works with MultiCare and Franciscan Health as an MRI Technologist and is also a Voice Over artist specializing in audiobook narration.

Lucas Victor (guest artist) is a guitarist who has been praised for his musicality, unique phrasing and inspiring playing. He studies in the studio of guitarist Michael Partington at the University of Washington. In 2017, Lucas was a finalist in the Adult Solo Guitar Competition at the Northwest Guitar Festival in Portland, Oregon, which is a competition open to the Northwestern U.S. and Western Canada. At the UW, he has been honored to be a recipient of the John Tripp Endowed Fund for Student Support, and the Helen A. Reynolds Endowed Scholarship in Music. Lucas also performs with the UW Guitar Ensemble. As a youth, Lucas studied several years with Jason Williams at the Rosewood Guitar studio in Seattle. During that time, he was a finalist twice in the Youth Solo Guitar Competition of the Northwest Guitar Festivals held in Idaho, and in Washington. Before studying with Jason Williams, he also had instruction from guitarists Mary Lord, Ken Elia, and others. Lucas also performed and recorded with Mark Wilson’s Guitar Orchestra of Seattle. Lucas has been fortunate to have the opportunity to perform in guitar master classes for acclaimed musicians David Russell, Ana Vidovic, Stephen Stubbs, Jorge Caballero, Marc Teicholz, Martha Masters, and others. Lucas Victor can be found online at

A recent transplant from Chicago, Il, soprano Clarice Warrick received her master’s degree in voice performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Past feats this season have included her Orchestra Hall debut as the soloist in the North American premiere of Jacob TV’s Mountaintop, First Lady in Die Zauberflöte with Chicago Chamber Opera, and Julia Jellicoe in The Grand Duke. Clarice has sung with the Grant Park Chorus and Chicago Symphony Chorus, is a part of the VOX3 Ensemble, and often gives concerts featuring musical theater, jazz, and opera.

New LMC member YeonSoo Lee performs in her LMC debut concert February 18 at Mirabella

Mezzo-soprano YeonSoo Lee makes her LMC debut joining fellow LMC member performers on Sunday, February 18 at 3pm in a concert at Mirabella in Seattle. They will perform songs by Obradors, Italian and French Opera, and Korean composers for soprano and mezzo-soprano

A graduate of Kyung Hee University (Seoul), mezzo-soprano YeonSoo Lee also participated in stage director HoKeun Moon’s Opera Workshop Program (Seoul). She made several appearances on “Today’s Art Song” (KBS-TV, Seoul) and received the “Best Voice Award” from MBC-TV’s Korean Art Song Competition. South Korean roles include Rosette (Manon) with Kim-Cha-Kyung Opera, Dangeville (Adriana Lecouvreur) with Seoul Metropolitan Opera and Flora (La Traviata) with International Opera. Concert work includes Alto solos in Mozart’s Coronation Mass with Seoul Metropolitan Chorus and Beethoven’s C Major Mass with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. YeonSoo Lee has been a regular chorister with Seattle Opera since 2001, having performed in sixty-one productions. Solo appearances include Second Bridesmaid (Le Nozze di Figaro) with Seattle Opera and Alto soloist (Elijah) with Masterworks Choral Ensemble, WA. She is a favored performer within Seattle’s Korean American Community and has been a guest journalist for the Eumak Journal, a monthly classical music magazine in South Korea since 2014.

Joining YeonSoo will be soprano Ki-Jung Jun who completed her Master’s degree at New York University and was in the emerging artist program at Pacific Opera in New York City. Her operatic roles there included Nora (Riders to the Sea), First Knitter (A Game of Chance), Princess (L’enfant et les sortileges) and the role of Hyangdan in Chun-Hyang-Jeon, an opera celebrating the 100th anniversary of Korean immigration in America. In the Northwest, her most recent opera role is Giulietta (Cover) in Bellini’s I Capuletti ed i Montecchi and Caterina in Mascagni’s L’Amico Fritz with Puget Sound Concert Opera.

Also performing will be Joan Lundquist who has served as a collaborative pianist for Seattle area musicians and organizations for 30 years. Since moving to the area from Humboldt State University in northern California, where she was staff accompanist, Joan has worked with the Northwest Boychoir, Seattle Choral Company, has taught at Seattle University and Northwest University, and has worked with several area private music teachers. Currently, Ms. Lundquist is the Director of Music at Immanuel Lutheran Church in downtown Seattle and rehearsal accompanist for the Seattle Choral Company.

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