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. www.katiehstevenson.com

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.

Virtual Happy Hour Artists, November 2020

Vicki Boeckman (Nov 6, 13 & 20) has been performing and teaching since the 1980s. She is embracing the new virtual world with enthusiasm, curiosity, and a sense of awe, finding it to be positive and rewarding amidst the challenges we are all facing. Pre-pandemic she was an internationally acclaimed performing and recording artist who traveled all over the US and to many other countries to perform and teach. Vicki resided in Denmark from 1981-2004 and had the opportunity to collaborate with some of the
finest musicians of the day including Jaap ter Linden, John Holloway, René Jacobs, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Pedro Memelsdorf and Markus Zahnhausen. Her Danish recorder trio Wood’N’Flutes had a fantastic 15-year run performing all over Europe and working with contemporary composers in addition to doing children’s theater. She was an adjunct professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen for 12 years and taught at the Ishøj Municipal School of Music for 23 years. Many of those students
are now professionals, performing and teaching in conservatories in Denmark and around Europe.
Locally Vicki has been a featured soloist with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, The Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera, Medieval Women’s Choir, Gallery Concerts, Philharmonia Northwest Orchestra, and the Skagit Symphony. She is currently music director for the Seattle Recorder Society, co-director for the Recorder Orchestra of Puget Sound (ROPS), and Artistic Director for the Port Townsend Early Music Workshop. She dearly hopes that these organizations can withstand the challenges of separation and continue to thrive.

Selina Chu (Nov 6 & 20) 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.

Violinist Angie Kam (Nov 20) is an established teacher and performer in the Seattle area. In addition to maintaining a violin studio of over 30 students, Angie plays with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Tacoma Symphony, North Corner Chamber Chamber Orchestra, and the Tacoma City Ballet. Angie has performed with Idina Menzel, Il Divo, Michael Buble, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra; she is also an active studio-recording musician. Angie holds a Bachelor in Violin Performance from the University of Oregon, and a Master in Violin Performance and String Pedagogy from the Boston Conservatory. In her spare time, Angie enjoys hiking, yoga, and fuzzy animals.

Joan Lundquist (Nov 6, 13 & 20) 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 Pianist/Organist at Immanuel Lutheran Church in downtown Seattle and rehearsal accompanist for the Seattle Choral Company.

Ann Rackl (Nov 6 & 20)  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.

Emily Riesser’s (Nov 13) diverse experience encompasses opera, oratorio, theatre, and new works. Recent highlights include soloist in Bach’s Wedding Cantata, BWV 202 (several venues), Frasquita in Carmen (Kitsap Opera), Soprano in Silverbells Carolers, Ensemble in Sister Act (Tacoma Musical Playhouse). Favorite experiences include opera roles: Iphigenie in Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride (Seattle Opera Guild), Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata (Kitsap Opera), Tamiri in Mozart’s Il Re Pastore, Sarah in John Duffy’s and Joyce Carol Oates’ Black Water (both OffCenter Opera), and soprano chorus roles at Seattle Opera; soloing in Bach cantatas with Baroque specialists of St Stephen’s Evensong Cantatas; and Shakespeare roles with Greenstage.

An outstanding member of the Northwest Musical community for over 20 years, Regina Thomas (Nov 20) 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 Chair 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.

Introducing LMC Virtual Concerts

LMC is going virtual! Kick off your weekend with an LMC happy hour concert: Fridays at 5 p.m. Enjoy these appetizing half-hour programs from the comfort and safety of your own home.

  • Nov 6, 5pm – Bite-sized Britannia – Featuring Vicki Boeckman (recorder) and Joan Lundquist (piano), Ann Rackl (violin) and Selina Chu (piano) performing music by Lennox Berkeley and Sir Edward Elgar
  • Nov 13, 5pm – Taste of the Americas – Featuring Vicki Boeckman (recorder), Emily Riesser (soprano) and Joan Lundquist (piano) performing works by Astor Piazzolla and Samuel Barber.
  • Nov 20, 5pm – A Musical Journey: Upper Rhineland to Vienna – Featuring Angie Kam (violin), Vicki Boeckman (recorder) with Joan Lundquist (piano), Regina Thomas (soprano),  Ann Rackl (violin) with Selina Chu (piano) performing music by Max Reger, Hans Ulrich Staeps, Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert.
  • Dec 4, 5pm – LMC Composer Spotlight – Program TBA
  • Dec 11, 5pm – Brittannia, The Second– Featuring Sharon Jung (oboe) and Mike Dodaro (baritone) with Joan Lundquist (piano) performing music by Benjamin Britten and Roger Quilter.
  • Dec 18, 5pm  – Italian Songs of Love and Loss – Featuring Regina Thomas (soprano), Diane Althaus (soprano) and Mike Dodaro (baritone) with Joan Lundquist (piano) performing works by Giacchino Rossini, Stefano Donaudy, Gaetano Donizetti and Giuseppe Verdi.
  • January 8, 5pm – Art of Piano: Masters of  Salon Concert Music– Featuring Molly Forde, Valentina Rodov and Karin McCullough performing the works of François Couperin, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Frédéric Chopin and Johannes Brahms.
  • January 15, 5pm – Full of Hot Air: A Woodwind Extravaganza – Featuring Sharon Jung (oboe), Vicki Boeckman (recorder) and Julie and Eric Shankland (clarinet/bassoon duo) performing the works of Telemann, Bach and more.
  • January 22, 5pm – Music of Spain and South America – Featuring Diane Althaus (soprano) with Joan Lundquist (piano) and Karin McCullough (piano)
  • January 29, 5pm  – Potpourri: A little bit of this and a little bit of that! Program TBA
With generous support from Seattle’s
Office of Arts & Culture