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 www.domopod.com/guitar

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.

LMC free concert to debut in Kirkland on Friday, February 9 preceded by Kirkland Art Walk

Come and see LMC members and guest artist perform Spanish vocal and piano music, Korean songs, and a Mendelssohn trio in d minor at starting at 7:30pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church, a new venue as part of LMC’s annual free concert series throughout the Seattle metropolitan area. Click for directions and concert details.

Come early and check out Kirkland’s Art Walk where you can visit downtown Kirkland galleries and businesses and meet with local Kirkland artists.

Karin McCullough (karinmcculloughpiano.com) took the less-traveled road: a serious pianist while growing up, she reluctantly suppressed her aspirations and instead became a paralegal. One day she was asked to accompany opera singers every Friday night at a bistro (a gig which lasted five years). By then her popularity as accompanist, soloist, and teacher allowed her to trade her full-time law career for one in music. Karin maintains a flourishing piano studio in Ballard and performs frequently in the Seattle area. Karin serves on the Board of Directors of Bach in the Subways Inc. and is Program Director for Haller Lake Music Series.

Soprano Ki-Jung Jun 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.

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.

Ann Rackl, violinist, is the former assistant concertmaster of Philharmonia Northwest chamber orchestra, where she has been a member since 1976. She holds a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Montana, and has studied violin with Emanuel Zetlin and Martin Friedmann in Seattle. Formerly a private violin instructor, these days she especially enjoys playing chamber music.

Lawrence Chu, cellist, is a native of the Seattle area, and currently resides in Bellevue with his wife and two children. His former instructors include Phyllis Allport, Frances Walton and Eva Heinitz. He has been practicing Emergency medicine locally for the past 26 years. He would like to thank Ann and Selina for this opportunity to make music together.

Selina Chu has a special place in her heart for all types of ensemble playing, from duo-piano recitals to dance collaboration. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Washington, and her Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. A nationally certified member of Music Teachers National Association, Selina has maintained an independent piano studio in Issaquah since 1998.

Midge Bowman, Former Executive Director of the Frye collaborates on Debussy Concert, Nov 4

Midge Bowman, Former LMC President, Exec Director Emeritus of the Frye

Former Executive Director of the Frye Art Museum and Past President of the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle, Midge Bowman, will be the special guest speaker at LMC’s “The Life and Works of Claude Debussy” concert on Saturday, November 4 at 2:00 PM.  Midge will guide the audience through Debussy’s life as well as the development of his compositions over three distinct periods.

A one hour program of solo piano and vocal works as well as the first movement of the Debussy’s only cello sonata will be performed by LMC members.

Midge holds degrees in Music History from Pomona College and Yale University, and has done doctoral work at the Fielding Institute. Her writings have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Puget Soundings, USA Today, Perspectives of New Music, and numerous educational newsletters.

2017 Frances Walton Finals Competition on Saturday, June 3






 The public is welcome to attend the free day-long competition

and the 7:30 p.m. winners’ concert at Magnolia Lutheran Church


Seattle, WA — Wednesday, May 10, 2017 — Top aspiring classical music artists, living, working or studying in 19 western states, will compete for cash-award prizes at the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle (LMC) 29th annual Frances Walton Competition on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at a NEW VENUE, Magnolia Lutheran Church, 2414 31st Avenue W, Seattle, WA. The 15 final competitors of piano, voice, strings and wind instruments are between the ages of 20 and 35. They will compete for 4 solo-winner spots from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and all four winners will perform a free concert that evening at 7:30 p.m. for the public. The day-long competition, featuring fifteen 20-minute recitals, is also free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend this family-friendly day of music. Free parking is available on the public streets or in the LDS parking lot across the street.


The 2017 Competition will feature artists who studied at The Juilliard School of Music, Curtis Institute of Music, University of Minnesota, Guildhall School of Music, Saratov State Conservatory, University of Southern California, Royal Academy of Music/London, Colburn Conservatory, University of Washington, Bard Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, University of North Texas, Western Washington University, Norwegian State Academy of Music, Conservatorium van Amsterdam and Academy of Music of Lausanne/Switzerland, among others. Many have earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree.


Joining competitors from Switzerland, Australia, Korea, Russia, China and six western U.S. states, are local musicians from Seattle, Kenmore, Gig Harbor and Tacoma. The artists will be performing on the piano, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, saxophone and guitar. Soprano and alto vocalists also will be competing. Competitors’ cities of residence, schools of study and performance schedule on June 3 follows.

In September 2017, the competition winners will take part in two LMC-hosted statewide outreach tours, visiting Washington state communities underserved by classical music. While on tour, the musicians will present public concerts, school assembly performances and master classes. The 2017 Frances Walton Competition and Tours are organized by members of the Frances Walton Competition Committee, chaired by LMC trustee Gail Perstein. To fund this educational and career-supporting opportunity for classical musicians, please visit LMC’s website at lmcseattle.org and click on the “donate” button.

Previous Frances Walton Competition winners include: renowned soprano Heidi Grant Murphy (in 1987), who is in demand by worldwide opera companies and symphony orchestras; award-winning soprano Anne-Carolyn Bird (in 2003), who made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2006-2007 season; violist Mara Gearman (in 2003), a member of the Seattle Symphony; pianist Natalya Ageyeva (in 2002), founder and artistic director of the Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle; guitarist Hilary Field (in 1993) featured in the March 2017 Classical Guitar magazine; and cellist Darrett Adkins (in 1993), currently on the faculty at both Oberlin and Juilliard schools of music, to name a few.


About Ladies Musical Club

Seattle’s oldest cultural organization, Ladies Musical Club, was founded in 1891 by a group of 24 women musicians. Its original mission was to foster an appreciation of classical music in the cultural life of the city. Artist performers hosted for more than a century by LMC make up a Who’s Who list of classical music stars. These include such luminaries as Sergei Rachmaninoff, Geraldine Farrar, Fritz Kreisler, Marian Anderson, Artur Schnabel, Igor Stravinsky, Isaac Stern, Marilyn Horne, Alicia de Larrocha, Canadian Brass, Emanuel Ax, Beaux Arts Trio, and many more. See the entire list from 1900-1995. Celebrating its Quasquicentennial (125th anniversary) in 2016, Ladies Musical Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, consisting of 150 intrepid women. LMC’s mission is to foster classical music through education, performance and awards.


For more information, visit LMC’s new website at lmcseattle.org.; and “Like” Ladies Musical Club of Seattle on Facebook.


–All programs, artists and dates subject to change–


Support for the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle’s 2016-2017 season is provided by

Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture


2016–2017 Season Media Sponsor is Classical KING FM 98.1




Media Contact (do not publish)

Media requests for photos, interviews and photos relating to Ladies Musical Club and performing artists are welcome.

Mary G. Langholz/LMC communications consultant

Email: vote4arts@outlook.com


Release #1617-11

May 10, 2017

Ladies Musical Club of Seattle


Saturday, June 3, 2017

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Magnolia Lutheran Church

2414 31st Avenue W

Seattle, WA 98199


7:30 p.m. – Competition Winners’ Concert – FREE TO THE PUBLIC

Each of the four final solo winners will be featured.
The following schedule is also available on LMC’s website at www.lmcseattle.org.


Each artist will perform for 20-minutes.

9:30 a.m.



Boulder, Colorado

University of Colorado Boulder College of Music, (2016-present): Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance  Guildhall School of Music and Drama: (2014-2016): Master of Music/MPerf in Piano Performance; Degree classification, with Distinction
Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 2010-2014: Bachelor of Music (Honors) in Piano Performance; Degree classification, First Class Honours


9:559:55 a.m.



South Pasadena, California

Indiana University: Master of Music 2009-2011
Manhattan School of Music: Bachelor of Music 2005-2009


10:20 a.m.



Missoula, Montana

University of Montana; Undergraduate 2011-2015, Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance
University of Montana; Graduate 2015 to present, completing a Master of Music in Piano Performance


10:45 a.m.Top of Form


Eugene, Oregon

Saratov State Conservatory 2007-2013 Master of Music in Piano Performance.
University of Oregon 2015 – current. Second Master of Music in Piano Performance.


11:10 a.m.Top of Form


Los Angeles, California

University of California, Los Angeles: 2014–2017 (expected) • Doctor of Musical Arts, Piano Performance

The Juilliard School, 2012–2014: Master of Music, Piano Performance

Bard College/Bard Conservatory of Music, 2007-2012: Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance

Bard Conservatory of Music: Bachelor of Arts, Language and Literature

Bard College Middle School, Attached to Beijing Central Conservatory Music School, 2001-2007


11:3511:35 a.m.


Burwood, New South Wales, Australia; Los Angeles, California

UCLA, 2015-2017: Master of Music
Royal Academy of Music, London, 2013-2015: Master of Arts
Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, 2009-2012


12:40 p.m.



Seoul, Korea; Los Angeles, California

Colburn Conservatory: 2016 Artist Diploma
Curtis Institute of Music: 2011 Bachelor of Music

Bottom of Form

Top of Form
1:05 p.m.



Seattle, Washington

Indiana University: Bachelor of Music
Indiana University: Master of Music
University of Washington: Doctor of Musical Arts
1:30 p.m.



Los Angeles, California

The Juilliard School, 2011-2015: Bachelor of Music
The Juilliard School, 2015-2016: Master of Music
University of Southern California, 2016-2019: Doctor of Musical Arts


1:55 p.m.1:55 p.m.



Denton, Texas

Oklahoma City University, 2005-2009: Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance
University of Northern Iowa, 2009-2011: Master of Music in Flute Performance
University of North Texas: Doctorate of Musical Arts in Flute Performance, 2014-present (In Progress)

Top of Form
2:20 p.m.



Bavois, Vaud, Switzerland; Los Angeles, California

USC Thornton School of Music (CA), 2015-2017: Graduate Certificate in Performance of Music. 2017-2019 Artist Diploma
Norwegian State Academy of Music (Oslo, NO), 2013-2016: Master of Music
Conservatorium van Amsterdam (Netherlands), 2010- 2013: Bachelor of Music
Academy of Music of Lausanne (Switzerland), 2007- 2010: Bachelor of Arts in Music.

Top of Form


2:55 p.m.



Kenmore, Washington

University of Minnesota, 2016-present: Doctor of Musical Arts – Flute Performance (in progress)
University of Oregon, 2014-2016: Master of Music – Flute Performance
Carleton College, 2008-2012: Bachelor of Arts – Music


3:20 p.m.

Soren Hamm, 27

Tacoma, Washington; Bowling Green, Ohio

Bowling Green State University, 2016-2018: Master of Music Saxophone Performance
Western Washington University, 2013-2015: post-baccalaureate study in music education
University of Oregon, 2008-2012: Bachelor of Music Saxophone Performance


3:45 p.m.



Westminster, California

University of Southern California, 2015-2016: Graduate Certificate Candidate
University of Southern California, 2013-2015: Master of Music Vocal Arts
California State University Long Beach, 2009-2012: Bachelor of Music Vocal Performance

Top of Form


4:10 P.M.

Rachelle Moss, 27


Gig Harbor, Washington

University of North Texas, 2012-2014: Master of Music Vocal Pedagogy and Performance
University of North Texas, 2009-2012: Bachelor of Music, Music History and Lit./ German minor


Frances Walton Winners to perform free in Seattle and the Eastside

Some of our favorite award winners of 2016 will return for free concert performances in the Seattle and eastside in September.

Concerts will feature Anne Suda, cello Dana Jackson, bassoon and Nicholas Dold, piano.  In addition to these live public performances, competition winners will go into the schools providing interactive close up experiences for school aged children in September of 2016.  Schedule and information about the performers is below.  Concerts are FREE and open to the public.

Sunday, September 11th, 3:00 PM
Church of the Redeemer
6211 NE 182nd St., Kenmore, WA 98028

Wednesday, September 14th, 7:00 PM
Pine Lake Covenant Church
Co-sponsored by Sammamish Arts Commission
1715 228th Ave SE Sammamish, WA 98075

Thursday, September 15th, 7:00 PM
Immanuel Lutheran
1215 Thomas Street Seattle, WA 98109

Anne Suda cello
Anne Suda, cello

Accomplished cellist Anne Suda has performed many concertos, most recently with One Found Sound in SF and with the Venice Symphony led by Maestro Imre Palló. Anne tours a memorized production of Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire and her trio was in residence at Banff, Aldeburgh Music, Old First Concerts, won the Berkeley Piano Club Competition, and toured France. Anne has given numerous outreach performances. This summer Anne performs at Yale’s Norfolk Festival. Pursuing her DMA at UCLA with Antonio Lysy, she studied previously at SF Conservatory, Sydney Conservatorium, and Vanderbilt, double majoring in English. Anne began cello at four with her mother Carolyn Suda. www.annesuda.com

Dana Jackson bassoon
Dana Jackson, bassoon

Dana Jackson, a native of Seattle, Washington, is a member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra in Seattle, and the Santa Barbara Symphony. She is a freelancer up and down the West Coast and performs regularly with the Seattle Symphony. Ms. Jackson holds a BA from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, a MM from Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music, a PSC from the Colburn School. Dana received the Honorable Mention prize in the Gillet-Fox bassoon competition at the International Double Reed Society convention. She is also an artistic director for the Archipelago Collective, a San Juan Island chamber music festival.

Both will be working with collaborative pianist  Nicholas Dold, an Indiana University pianist based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Nicholas Dold, piano
Nicholas Dold, piano

Pianist Nicholas Dold has an active career performing across the United States as a soloist and collaborative pianist. He has been featured in venues such as the Musical Flights Series of the Orchestral Institute Napa Valley, the Duxbury Music Festival, Steinway of Phoenix, and Indiana Public Radio – WFHB. A specialist in instrumental collaboration, Nicholas currently serves on the piano accompanying staff of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has held prior positions with the Crowden Music School, the South Bay String Academy, the Indiana University Precollege Strings, and the Indiana University Piano Academy. He received his graduate and undergraduate degrees at IU, where his principal teachers included Reiko Shigeoka-Neriki and Yael Weiss.