Our program for the evening
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Selections from Ten Blake Songs for voice and oboe
- Infant Joy
- A Poison Tree
- The Piper
- Cruelty has a Human Heart
- Le retour du sergent (from Chansons villageoises)
- C (from Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon)
- Priez pour paix
Johannes Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge (Four Serious Songs)
- Denn es gehet dem Menschen
- Ich wandte mich, und sahe an
- O Tod, wie bitter bist du
- Wenn ich mit Menschen
Richard Strauss: Allerseelen
Robert Schumann (Excerpts from Fünf Lieder, Op. 40)
- Der Soldat
Richard Strauss: Morgen
- Stephanie Scogna, soprano
- Morgan Chalue, tenor
- Junhan Choi, baritone
- Seoyon MacDonald, piano
- Mary O'Keefe, oboe
About the Performers
Mary O’Keefe is a recent graduate from the New England Conservatory, earning her B.M. while studying with Keisuke Wakao. As a freelance musician in Boston, she has performed with A Far Cry, the Glen Falls Symphony, Chorus Pro Musica, and the Haffner Sinfonietta. She is dedicated to exploring social boundaries with music, organizing a benefit concert for the ACLU entitled “What Makes America Great” featuring 60 different performers in NEC’s Williams Hall. In April 2016, she performed in a solo recital raising money for the Nature Conservancy. She is a strong supporter of contemporary music, performing twice with the Callithumpian Consort and playing Xenakis’s “Dmaathen” for NEC’s Chamber Music Gala: 150th Anniversary in Jordan Hall. Outside of music, Mary enjoys walking in the rain, finding new crock pot recipes, and plump blueberry muffins.
Tenor Morgan Chalue’s recent credits include Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus (Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Opera Intensive), Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera del West), Lillas Pastia in La Tragédie de Carmen (BU Opera Institute), Older Brother in Dead Man Walking (Boston Opera Collaborative), Bill in A Hand of Bridge (BU Opera Workshop), Jenik and Vaclav covers in Die Bauer ein Schelm (Calliope), and ensemble in Cendrillon and Don Giovanni (BU Opera Institute) and Cossack Beyond the Danube (Commonwealth Lyric Theater). He serves as Music Director at The Stratford Street United Church in West Roxbury. Morgan graduated magna cum laude with a BM in voice performance from Boston University College of Fine Arts, where he studied with James Demler. He is a student of Penelope Bitzas.
Soprano Stephanie Scogna is a soloist, choral singer, administrator, and teacher in the Boston area. She has appeared as Sister Constance in Dialogues of the Carmelites and Zweite Dame in The Magic Flute with New England Conservatory’s Opera Theatre, and has sung the role of Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) and the title role of Massenet’s Cendrillon. An avid proponent and specialist of art song, Stephanie joined collaborative pianist Seoyon MacDonald in 2015 to found the Boston Art Song Society, providing the central avenue for a salon-style art song concert series each year. Stephanie is a four-year member of the Choir of the Church of the Advent, and sings frequently throughout Boston as a church choral singer and cantor. She also enjoys teaching voice and piano privately. She received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance at New England Conservatory with additional studies in Vocal Pedagogy, and completed her Bachelor of Music degree at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
Korean pianist Seoyon MacDonald enjoys an innovative and cultured musical career; one marked by her consistency of refinement and musical ingenuity. In her teenage years, MacDonald had made appearances as a collaborative pianist at international festivals in Germany, Czech Republic, and Hungary with choirs and chamber ensembles. As a solo pianist, she performed Beethoven’s Concerto in C minor with the University of Northwestern, St. Paul orchestra in 2010, as the prizewinner of the university’s concerto competition. Seoyon loves her active career as a song specialist, recitalist, and vocal coach in Boston. After completing her M.M. in Collaborative Piano from New England Conservatory in May 2016, she spent the summer in Austria performing German Lied with European singers and pianists at the Franz Schubert Institut. After returning from Austria, she joined New England Conservatory of Preparatory/Continuing Education School as a staff pianist. MacDonald is also Co-founder and Artistic Director of Boston Art Song Society, one of the pioneering art song companies in the United States. As an active freelancer, she is currently working as rehearsal pianist at Boston Ballet School and MIT Women's Choir.
Korean baritone Junhan Choi was recently awarded three special prizes at the 54th Viñas international voice competition in Barcelona. He also won 1st place in MetroWest Opera’s Vocal Competition and placed 4th with Audience Favorite prize at Rochester’s Classiac Idol Vocal Competition in 2017. He performed various opera roles including Dandini, Claudio, Revírník, Gianni Schicchi, Oreste, Geôlier, Guglielmo, Papageno, Eisenstein, Der Tod, Monsue Traversen, Belcore, Germont, Melisso and Don Giovanni.
Corey Dalton Hart, tenor, is an active performer of opera, oratorio, and art song repertoire. With a passion for American song, he is a regular recitalist along the east coast, having premiered new works in both New York City and Boston and as part of the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s American Music Festival. Corey’s opera credits include leading roles in works by Mozart, Bizet, Ravel, and Knussen, as well as a concert of opera arias with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. As an eager singer of oratorio, he most recently stepped in last minute as tenor soloist for Mozart's Coronation Mass with the Bard College Symphonic Chorus at the world-class Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. Corey has been a featured soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra, the Bard Baroque Ensemble, the Furman Symphony Orchestra, and New York’s newest professional orchestra, The Orchestra Now. This fall, Corey will perform with Boston Baroque, America’s premier period-instrument orchestra as well as the renowned choir at the Church of the Advent. He was also recently named an American Scholar of VOCES8, one of the world’s most visible and versatile vocal ensembles. Corey holds degrees in vocal performance from Furman University and the Bard College Conservatory of Music and is currently working on his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance and pedagogy from the New England Conservatory of Music. His teachers include Bradley Williams, Lorraine Nubar, Dawn Upshaw, Kayo Iwama, Bill Thomas, and Jill Feldman.
This event is presented in collaboration with the Boston Art Song Society.
This event is made possible thanks in part to Natixis Global Asset Management and the Mosaïque Cultural Fund.