Virtual Happy Hour Artists, December 2020

Singing is an essential part of life for Diane Althaus, (Dec 18) and sharing it with others is a joy. She organized and sang in an opera ensemble program, including music from Simon Boccanegra, Cosi Fan Tutte, Martha, and Carmen. She and her husband, baritone Mike Dodaro, have sung duet programs of opera arias and art songs, and performed in various local venues, including Stage7. Diane sang in Puccini’s Butterfly in a local opera company, the Countess in a duet from The Marriage of Figaro and Desiree in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater is her favorite sacred music.

Candice Chin (Dec. 4) began violin studies at the tender age of 12 and after learning the piano, flute, and oboe. She was in Steven Staryk’s violin studio at the University of Washington, and pursued orchestral studies at Eastman School of Music and the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music. She has applied her MBA and leadership skills in a gamut of companies for nearly 20 years. Candice currently performs with Puget Sound Concert Opera, Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society Orchestra, Weeknighters String Quartet, and NOCCO, while pursuing her next step at the intersection of music, tech, and economics.

Mike Dodaro (guest artist, Dec 11 & 18) has sung leading roles in regional opera productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Benjamin Britten, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, and Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny. He sang for several seasons as a regular chorister at Seattle Opera. A cantor and choir singer, he has been baritone soloist in the Fauré Requiem, several Bach cantatas, and Handel’s Messiah.

Emiko Hori (Dec 4), a native of Japan, graduated from renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Piano Performance. She studied with Shigeo Neriki, performed at numerous places including Banff Centre, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Germany, and others. Emiko became fascinated with and continued her study in Computer Science at Boston University. Busy working in technology companies such as CommerceHub and Microsoft, Emiko thought she would never play the piano again. She was wrong; Emiko became one of the newest performing members of Ladies Musical Club. Emiko enjoys dividing her time between performing concerts, teaching piano, and working at Starbucks HQ’s Digital Commerce team.

Sharon Jung (Dec. 11) was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She is a nurse practitioner, and works in a neurology practice in Tacoma, Washington. She freelances for numerous ensembles in the local area. She has been an LMC member since 1999. She is a former student of LMC member Gail Perstein and is also a former student of Bernard Shapiro.

Joan Lundquist, (Dec. 11 & 18) collaborative pianist, 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.

Katie O’Rourke (Dec. 4) served as pianist for Whatcom Symphony Orchestra and has collaborated with Whatcom Wind Ensemble, Skagit Opera, Bellingham Chamber Orchestra, and Opera Popolare. Now in Seattle, Katie enjoys a private teaching studio and is a member of the Ladies Musical Club, Seattle Music Teachers Association, and the Northwest Dalcroze Society. Katie is a graduate of Western Washington University, where she studied piano with Milica Jovanovic and Jeffrey Gilliam.

Erika Pierson (Dec 4) earned her bachelor’s in Cello Performance from Indiana University and her master’s in Performance from the University of Michigan. Between her degrees, Erika studied in Berlin, at the Hochschule der Kunste, and in London under Eileen Croxford, FRCM. Her other teachers included Richard Aaron, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Markus Nyikos, and Erling Blondal Bengtsson. Erika has given solo recitals in England, Germany, Spain, and in the United States, and has soloed with orchestras in Berlin, Ann Arbor, and Everett, WA. On the less classical side of things, she has also performed with Mannheim Steamroller, Rod Stewart, The Walkmen, and Deltron 3030. Currently Erika performs regularly as the cellist in Bella Sala String Quartet, NOCCO Chamber Orchestra, and freelances and teaches in the Seattle area.

Mezzo-soprano Katie Stevenson (Dec 4) has performed in numerous concerts in Seattle with the Puget Sound Concert Opera, including Anna Bolena, Cavalleria Rusticana, and their annual gala. While living in NYC, Katie worked with Dicapo Opera, Amato Opera, and Opera Collective, performing roles such as Romeo in I Capuleti e I Montecchi, Dorabella in CosÍ fan tutte, and Henrichetta in I Puritani. In Philadelphia she sang the title role in Carmen, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana, and Emilia in Otello. While living in Europe, Katie travelled to perform in concerts and festivals in England, Ireland, and Germany. She now lives in Seattle with her husband and puppies and works as a church music director and private voice instructor, while still enjoying life as a performer.

An outstanding member of the Northwest musical community for over 20 years, Regina Thomas (Dec 11 & 18) has performed with a variety of companies including Kitsap Opera, Willamette Concert Opera, Bellevue Opera, Puget Sound Concert Opera, Seattle Opera, and the Seattle Opera Guild. Currently LMC’s trustee of concerts and Artistic Director of Puget Sound Concert Opera, Regina has served as Seattle Opera Guild’s VP of Education and is a past President of LMC. Favorite operatic roles include Adriana Lecouvreur, Suor Angelica, Tosca, and Judith (Bluebeard’s Castle). Concert work includes Schumann’s Frauenleibe und-leben, Elgar’s Sea Pictures, and Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder; soprano solos in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Fauré Requiem, and Berio’s Folk Songs for voice and chamber ensemble.

Now Hiring: Social Media Specialist with Videographer Skills

The LMC’s most visible face is our Public Concert Series that offers over 50 free classical music concerts from October through May by LMC member-musicians and guests throughout Seattle and the Eastside. This year, we are expecting that many of our concerts will be cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In response, we are hiring a contract employee who can be both a Social Media Specialist and a Videographer who video records and edits our members’ performances and creates a weekly online concert series to be broadcast on our social media channels.

In addition to creating videos for an online concert series, our Social Media Specialist will be in charge of our general social media postings. These postings feature club events, spotlight members’ achievements and let our audiences know interesting historical information from our archives.

Initially, we plan to contract with our Social Media Specialist/Videographer for 3 months at 10-12 hours/week with the possibility of extending the contract through May 2021 or beyond. We have secured a hall to record our performances and our intention is to have our hire (you) record performances two days per month and then have our hire (you) edit and post the videos on a weekly basis.

As this is a newly created position, we will need our Social Media Specialist/Videographer to put methods and procedures in place for recording and posting prior to the fall season.

Further information can be found here: Social Media Specialist[4130].

COVID-19 & LMC Concerts and Events

Dear Members:

LMC is closely monitoring the developing spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) within King County. While most cases are considered mild and people in good health appear to fully recover, we are learning more each day. The well-being of our entire community is our highest priority and we are following guidance from the CDC and the Washington Department of Health to keep everyone safe and healthy.

The annual LMC Luncheon has been canceled, along with all concerts for the remainder of the season.

The Governor of the State of Washington has banned all gatherings of more than 250 people in King County, where the Frances Walton Competition is held.  Due to this, and the news that at least one university in the country has put travel restrictions on Seattle/King County, we must cancel this year’s Frances Walton Competition.  All people who have completed their applications will receive a full refund of their application fee.  Thank you for entering or considering entering our competition.

I hope you will all remain healthy!

Best wishes,

Kate Smith
Ladies Musical Club

2018-2019 Annual Financial Report and the Year in Review

Dear Members and Friends of LMC:

This year we celebrated 128 years of LMC’s presence in the Seattle musical community. LMC is fortunate to have an incredible roster of volunteers and friends such as you who continue to support our mission through free public concerts, Music in Schools and the Frances Walton Competition. Together, we make a real difference in music and the arts in our community.

This year has seen exceptionally creative member programming, including our composer’s concert, an outgrowth of our newly formed composition group. We were aided in our knowledge of LMC’s past composition groups by LMC’s member, professional historian, Whitney Henderson. Under her guidance, archival photos, member books and programs have all been scanned online with the goal of making all of our materials available to special collections and the public at large. Outreach to new venues and collaborations continues as our talented members keep our current programs relevant to our public.

As we start our 129th year, we remain grateful to our members, volunteers and supporters whose impact has made a difference in our programs.

Thank you,

Kate Smith

2019-2020 President

2018-2019 Annual Report