YoonGeong Lee, soprano
As a 2014 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (San Francisco District), YoonGeong Lee made her debut as a soprano soloist in Orff's Carmina Burana at Davies Symphony Hall. She also performed at Stanford's Bing Concert Hall as a soprano soloist in Poulenc's Gloria, with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and the Stanford Symphonic Chorus.
YoonGeong was a soprano fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in 2011 and 2012; in 2012, she received the Grace B. Jackson Prize, which is awarded to one outstanding vocal fellow. Her numerous awards include third place in the 26th National Opera Association Vocal Competition and the Italo Tajo Memorial Award in the CCM Opera Scholarship Competition (University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music). She performed many cantatas of J. S. Bach with the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble. She is an active recitalist and concert soloist.
In Korea, YoonGeong's voice is familiar to the public from her recording of the “Opening Theme” and “Mishil Theme” on the soundtrack of the Korean historical drama Queen Seondeok, which topped the charts on Korean TV and received widespread critical acclaim.
YoonGeong holds a bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University, where she graduated summa cum laude, and she earned a master's degree in music and a doctorate in musical arts in vocal performance from the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music.
YoonGeong loves teaching, and she has taught voice classes at Evergreen Valley College. YoonGeong is currently a professional AGMA singer in the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and continues to develop her teaching and singing career in South Korea and the United States.
Katherine Trimble, mezzo-soprano
Katherine holds a master's degree in vocal performance from San Jose State University and a bachelor's degree in music from Chapman University. She has recently appeared in outreach performances with Opera San José, where she portrayed the Mother/Witch in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel and Lillas Pastia in Bizet's Carmen, for which the San Jose Mercury News praised her "agile" performance. Other operatic roles include Ormindo (in Cavalli's L'Ormindo), Public Opinion (in Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld), Olga (in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin), Zita (in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi) and Petra (in Sondheim's A Little Night Music).
Along with operatic performances, she has been the alto soloist in Mozart's and Duruflé's requiems, as well as in Saint-Saens's Christmas Oratorio. She has taken first place in competitions held by the Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, the San Jose Woman's Club, and the San Jose Study Club. Katherine was also honored to be the first recipient of the Irene Dalis Memorial Award from San Jose State University. Currently, she is the alto vocalist/soloist for the New Choir and for Kerry Irish Productions' national touring shows "An Irish Christmas," "St. Patrick's Day in Ireland," and "The Heart of an Irish Woman," which celebrate traditional Irish song and dance. She loves sharing with others the joy that singing has brought to her life, through teaching and coaching as well. You can find more information at: www.ktmezzo.com.
Derek Jackenheimer, tenor
André Chiang, baritone
Touted by The Oregonian as “vocally commanding,” baritone André Chiang brings his lyrical voice to repertoire spanning from Handel to Glass. André’s recent engagements include Opéra Louisiane as King Melchior (Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors), Mobile Opera as Schaunard (Puccini’s La bohème), Opera Birmingham as Belcore (Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore), and Pensacola Opera as Yamadori/Commissioner (Puccini’s Madama Butterfly). Previous credits include Young Galileo/Salviati (Glass’s Galileo Galilei), Argante (Handel’s Rinaldo), Falke (Strauss’s Die Fledermaus), and Ford (Verdi’s Falstaff), all with Portland Opera; Anthony Hope (Sweeney Todd) with Virginia Opera; Masetto (Mozart’s Don Giovanni), El Gallo (The Fantasticks), Moralès/Le Dancaïre (Bizet’s Carmen), and Motorcycle Cop/First Prison Guard (Heggie’s Dead Man Walking) with Shreveport Opera; Marco (Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi) with Mobile Opera; and Lancelot in the Young Artist Matinee of Camelot at the Glimmerglass Festival.
Competition honors include Regional Finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, finalist in the Liederkranz Art Song/Lieder competition, winner of the Grand Concours de Chant for French song, winner of the 59th National Federation of Music Clubs’ Biennial Young Artist Award, and winner of the 45th National Association of Teachers of Singing’s Artist Awards Competition. André was the baritone soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and the bass soloist in Haydn’s Mass in D minor with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra.
He is a doctor of musical arts candidate at Louisiana State University, studying under Dennis Jesse, where he has been seen as Falstaff (Verdi’s Falstaff)and the Gamekeeper (Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen).
For more information, see www.andrechiangbaritone.com.