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’s 2017 Frances Walton Competition Solo Winners to Present Six Free Concerts


LMC’s 2017 Frances Walton Competition Solo Winners to Present Six Free Concerts
September 10-14 in Yakima, Chelan, Omak, Raymond, Sekiu and Ferndale


Competition winners include Xiao Chen, piano; Xenia Deviatkina-Loh, violin; Yasmina Spiegelberg, clarinet; and Hannah Leffler, flute

Seattle, WA — August 23, 2017 — Ladies Musical Club of Seattle (LMC) will present six FREE public concerts in Eastern and Western Washington to showcase the musical talents of the winners from its recent 2017 Frances Walton Competition that was held in Seattle. Competition winners, ages 20-35 from all over the world, include Xiao Chen, piano; Xenia Deviatkina-Loh, violin; Yasmina Spiegelberg, clarinet; and Hannah Leffler, flute. The international artists will present six FREE classical music concerts plus school visits in communities that have limited access to live classical music. LMC has sponsored these popular, educational state tours since 1990. The artists will be featured on Classical KING FM 98.1 NW Focus Live on September 8 and 15 at 8:00 p.m.


Xenia Deviatkina-Loh, violin
Xiao Chen, piano

Sunday, September 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Englewood Christian Church, Yakima

Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Lake Chelan Lutheran Church, Chelan

Thursday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, Omak


Yasmina Spiegelberg, clarinet
Hannah Leffler, flute

Sunday, September 10 at 2:00 p.m. at the Raymond Theatre, Raymond

Tuesday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Sekiu Center, 42 Rice St., Sekiu

Thursday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ferndale High School Auditorium, Ferndale


Classical KING FM 98.1’s NW Focus Live host Sean MacLean will interview the winners and each will perform live on air:

Friday, September 8, at 8:00 p.m. in the KING FM studio

Xiao Chen, piano, and Xenia Deviatkina-Loh, violin, with collaborative pianist James Lent

Friday, September 15 at 8:00 p.m. at the Bloedel Reserve

Yasmina Spiegelberg, clarinet, and Hannah Leffler, flute, with collaborative pianist Jinshil Yi




Los Angeles, California, (born in Australia)
University of Southern California/Los Angeles, Master of Music (in progress)
Royal Academy of Music/London, Master of Arts



Los Angeles, California (born in China)
University of California/Los Angeles, Doctor of Musical Arts
The Juilliard School, Master of Music
Bard College Conservatory of Music, Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance
Bard College, Bachelor of Arts in Language and Literature


Los Angeles, California (born in Switzerland)
USC Thornton School of Music (CA), Graduate Certificate in Performance of Music, Artist Diploma, in progress
Norwegian State Academy of Music (Oslo, NO), Master of Music
Conservatorium van Amsterdam (Netherlands), Bachelor of Music
Academy of Music of Lausanne (Switzerland), Bachelor of Arts in Music



Denton, Texas
University of North Texas, Doctor of Musical Arts (in progress)
University of Northern Iowa, Master of Music
Oklahoma City University, Bachelor of Music

LMC’s mission is to foster classical music through education, performance and awards. For more information on Ladies Musical Club’s free community concerts, programs in schools and the Frances Walton Competition, visit LMC’s website at www.lmcseattle.org; “Like” Ladies Musical Club of Seattle on Facebook; and follow LMC on Instagram.

–All programs, artists and dates subject to change–

Support for the Ladies Musical Club is provided by 4Culture and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

Media sponsorship is provided by Classical KING FM 98.1.


Release #1718-2

August 23, 2017

LMC 2017 Competition Winners to Perform in Eastern and Western WA Sept 10-14-

Hannah Leffler, flute joins the 2017 LMC Award tour

Following the withdrawal of guitarist,  Bokyung Byun, guitar, FWC alternate Hannah Leffler, flute has been named as our newest Frances Walton Competition and Award Tour recipient.  She will join our other winners in September on the Award tour Washington schools. Welcome aboard, Hannah!

The 2017 FWC Award Tour Team

Hannah Leffler, flute





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


Performing member auditions on November 5

LMC member auditions to be held on Saturday, November 5 from 12 noon to 4pm 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!

Malya sings Mahler

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 membership@lmcseattle.org 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 November 5, 2016 from 12 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Queen Anne Christian Church, Seattle. Please have your application in by October 23, 2016. 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 membership@lmcseattle.org.

More information about the benefits of membership