2017-2018 Concerts

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Past Concerts

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2015-2016 Concerts

Rose Jo-Shih Cheng

Rose Jo-shih Cheng is currently studying under the tutelage of Professor Craig Sheppard for her DMA majoring in Piano Performance at the University of Washington. She holds a MMus of the same major from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where she studied with Dr. Rae de Lisle, Professor Bryan Sayer and Dr. Sarah Watkins.

Ms. Cheng has won many first prizes as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician in various competitions in New Zealand such as the Institute of Registered Music Teachers Competitions, North Shore Performing Arts Competition, West Auckland Competitions and Te Awamutu Competitions, as well as gaining second prizes in many other competitions, including the Asia-Pacific Competition in Taiwan. As for competition in the US, her most recent success is being the first prize winner of the Don Bushell Concerto Competition, which led to a performance of the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra last March.

Academically Ms. Cheng was also the recipient of many scholarships including the Helen A. Reynolds Endowed Scholarship in Music, John Baros Scholarship in Music, George Turner Wilson Music Trust Scholarships—Senior Awards, Anne Bellam Scholarship, and Janetta McStay Prize for Pianists.

She enjoys a balanced life of piano teaching and her own practice as she furthers her own performing career. She is now the teacher of twenty delightful children at La Belle Music Studio in Bellevue.

Jo-shih Cheng’s thoughts about Piano Concerto in A Minor by Grieg

This is a piece that has grown with me over the years. Having heard it as a child and fallen in love with the beautifully serene second movement as a teenager, I first learned this concerto as an undergraduate student in 2008.

I really enjoy how Grieg spices up the traditional Romantic harmonies with his personal blend of exotic progressions and Norwegian folk elements. Also, being a lover of snow and winter, I guess the other aspect that has attracted me to revisiting the piece several times over the years is how many sections of this Piano Concerto in A minor by Grieg remind me of the grandiose mountains capped with snow and the winter beauty nature has to offer, not unlike the Violin Concerto written by the Finnish composer Sibelius, though the latter is a much darker interpretation of the similar landscape. Because these sceneries are very familiar to the audience here in the Pacific Northwest, I think it adds another dimension to how the Seattle listener relates to the piece.

2014-2015 Concerts

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Featured Arists

Laura Hendrickson - Pianist Laura is very excited to be performing with the Mukilteo Community Orchestra today! Currently she is studying with Judy Baker. Her most recent achievements are placing 1st at Snohomish County Music Teachers Association’s Sonata/Sonatina Festival and Anna Rollins Johnson Scholarship Competition. Laura is a senior graduating as a running start student through Everett Community College with an Associates Degree. Ms. Hendrickson’s future plans are to study Piano Pedagogy and Performance at Washington State University in Pullman.

Eugene Choi - Pianist Eugene is a senior at Kamiak High School. She is studying with Allan Park. Ms. Choi had participated in Cornish College’s Summer Piano Institute, receiving the Joan E. Brown scholarship. She placed 2nd at Snohomish County Music Teachers Association’s Sonata/Sonatina Festival, and performed at Benaroya Hall in 2013. Eugene and her piano quintet placed 1st at the Sanford Wright Chamber Music Competition.She plays cello for Kamiak’s Kammerstreich. Eugene plans to attend UW in the fall.

Sarah Davis - Soprano Hailed by the New York Times as "a voice with considerable warmth," and the Boston Globe as "elusive, delicate, silvery and persuasive," lyric-soprano, has been recognized as a gifted performer both on the recital and operatic stage. Ms. Davis has debuted with the Cleveland Orchestra under the baton of Matthias Pintscher and was honored to give the American and French premiere of Elliott Carter’s "what are years" with Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and most recently with the Radio France Orchestre in Paris. Notable concert credits include Mendelssohn Midsummer Night’s Dream, Orff's Carmina Burana, Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem, Brahms Requiem, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Ninth Symphony. Opera credits include: Fiordiligi, Contessa , Donna Anna, Gilda, Pamina, Cendrillon and Stravinsky’s Anne Trulove. In recent seasons Ms. Davis debuted with the Annapolis Opera, was Young Artist at the Caramoor Music Festival, the lead in world premiere opera, Weakness at Princeton University where she collaborated with Kate Weare Dance Company, and performed Poulenc Gloria and Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with Kent State University. Last year she performed Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate and Coronation Mass in Phoenix, Verdi’s Requiem in Philadelphia, Hansel & Gretel with Coeur d’Alene Opera and named the 2014 national winner of the American Prize in Voice~Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award, in the professional art song/oratorio division. Upcoming performances at Ballard’s Bastille Back Room on June 24th and the Good Shepherd Center on July 11th.

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Charles Crowley, an accomplished baritone has performed for many years in musical theater, cabaret, opera and operetta productions in the Puget Sound area, and as a clarinetist in multiple instrumental ensembles. Favorite roles have included Reverend Crisparkle in Drood, Angus in Brigadoon, and Roberts in Unsinkable Molly Brown (all with Village Theatre), Ruben in Joseph (Seattle Musical Theatre), Hennessey/The Captain in Dames at Sea (Classics Unlimited), Cinderella’s Prince/The Wolf in Into the Woods (Studio East Faculty Production), and Kodaly in She Loves Me (Renton Civic Theatre). Opera and operetta roles have included Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore (Skagit Opera), Dancairo in Carmen (Opera Pacifica), and Frederic in Lakme (Puget Sound Concert Opera). Charles has performed in several shows at the late, great Cabaret de Paris, as well as the 2013 and 2015 “March is Cabaret Month” festivals at Egan’s Ballard Jam House.

David Droz a senior at Central Washington University where he is double majoring in Music Education and Violin Performance with a minor in Mathematics. He currently serves as coconcertmaster for the CWU symphony. After graduation in 2016, David hopes to find a full time orchestra teaching position. David grew up in Mukilteo, graduating from Kamiak High School in 2011. During his time at Kamiak, he played in the symphony and Uber Kammerstreich chamber orchestra, serving as the orchestra President and principal second violin during his senior year. David also performed in Kamiak Musicials.

George Steward, is a trumpet performer and private instructor. After earning trumpet performance degrees at Wheaton Conservatory and Yale School of Music, he is pleased to be back in the Northwest, living in Lynnwood with his wife Diane, three sons, and a daughter. He is principal trumpet with Everett Philharmonic, Cascade Symphony, and Octava Chamber Orchestra, and is a member of Lake Washington Symphony. George is a member of the Brass Reflections Quintet and Evergreen Brass Quintet. He has performed with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Bellevue Philharmonic, Tacoma Symphony, Yakima Symphony, Orchestra Seattle, Lake Union Chamber Orchestra, and many other groups throughout the Northwest and across the country. He is a member of the Latin band, SalsaRosa Orchestra. Locally, George has been a featured soloist with: Octava Chamber Orchestra, Skagit Symphony, Sammamish Symphony, Northwest Wind Symphony, Everett Symphony, Cascade Symphony, BrassBand Northwest, Boeing Employees Concert Band, and KING-FM. Later this season he will be soloist with Mukilteo Community Orchestra and Philharmonia Northwest. According to his kids, George has a horrible sense of humor. They claim puns are not their favorite. We’ pretty sure they laugh in secret, though.

Sarah Richàrd, is a native of the Pacific Northwest. Mrs. Richàrd is both a teacher of singing and an active performer. She is a frequent recitalist in the greater Seattle area. She is also actively involved in music through North Sound Church, under the direction of Allan Skoog. During her university studies, Mrs. Richàrd was actively involved in Opera Workshops. She performed the title role for the world premier of the one act opera, *The Prestigious Music Award* by Seattle native Gloria Swisher. She also performed the roles of Adele (*Die Fledermaus*), Susanna (*The Marriage of Figaro*), Leticia *(Old Maid and the Thief), *and many operatic chorus roles. Her next professional performance will be a joint recital with pianist Michael Misiurak featuring "Cuatros Madrigales Amatorios" by Joaquin Rodrigo and "Airschantés" by Francis Poulenc. In addition to performing, Mrs. Richàrd is the owner and director of Alley Bell Music in downtown Edmonds, a licensed Music Together center. She is also the K-6 music teacher for the Shoreline Home Education Exchange, the pre-K and kindergarten music teacher for First Lutheran Richmond Beach Preschool and Kindergarten, and maintains a thriving private voice studio at Kennelly Keys Music in Lynnwood, WA. Mrs. Richàrd currently studies with Charles Peterson, and would like to dedicate her performance today to him. She holds a B.M. in Music Education from Western Washington University and M.M. in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Texas Christian University. When she is not singing or teaching, she is busy being Mommy to Josiah (6) and Jamison (2).

Alexander Ardakov

A graduate of the Moscow Conservatoire and a prizewinner at the Viotti International competition in Italy, Alexander Ardakov has been living in England since 1991 where in addition to his performing career throughout the world he is a Professor of Piano at Trinity College of Music in London. He has performed for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and has made several CD recordings, including Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Alexander Gibson. Among his recent engagements are recitals at the Bosendorfer Hall in Vienna, at St. John’s Smith Square in London, at the Carnegie Hall in New York, in the Casteig Music Centre in Munich, in the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford and a much acclaimed sold-out recital in the Wigmore Hall in January 2007. In May 2004 he performed in one evening the three piano concertos (Schumann, Rachmaninov-2 and Tchaikovsky-1 with the ‘Orquestra do Norte’ in the Coluseo Hall in Oporto, Portugal. In May 2007 he performed Rachmaninov 2 in the famous Benaroya Hall in Seattle with the Cascade Symphony Orchestra, receiving a standing ovation from the 2000 audience. He has performed and held Master classes in France, Germany, USA, Poland, Russia and Denmark. Future plans include performances in the USA, France, Germany, Israel, Norway, Portugal and Russia. Mr. Ardakov performed the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Mukilteo Community Orchestra in 2013, and will perform the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 with them on November 16th 2014 at the Rosehill Community Center.