Announcing the 2019 Frances Walton Competition Winners

Solo Competition Winners

Ling Hang, clarinet
Diana Yusupov, cello with her collaborative pianist, Evangeliya Delizonas-Khukhua

Diana Yusupov, cello
Ling (Holly) Hang, clarinet
Minsun Kim, piano
Yukino Miyake, piano

Ensemble Competition Winners

Golden Bear Trio( Jolie Huang, piano, Billy Fang, violin and Emiel Cockx, cello)

Golden Bear Trio

Solo Competition Alternates

Cassie Lear, flute
Li Zhen Wu, piano

Ensemble Competition Alternates
Quartet Lyrique

Quartet Lyrique

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 ( 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.

New Afternoon Concert Series at Crossroads Community Center

LMC kicks off the 17-18 season at the Crossroads Community Center with a new time and day: Thursdays at 1:00pm

The series is sure to appeal to seniors, home school families and people who work in the neighborhood who want to enjoy music with their lunch.

Dates and Programming Planned:

Thursday, November 9 – Russian Opera of the 19th Century
Thursday, January 11 – Music of Spain and South America, solo piano, guitar and vocal music
Thursday, February 8 – Violin sonatas by Beethoven and Grieg
Thursday, March 8 – Soprano recital and instrumental recital TBA
Thursday, April 12 – Music by Schubert for solo voice and for violin, cello and piano trio

As with all of our concerts, this series is FREE and open to the public

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; “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