June 29, 2016

Concert Two

July 11, 2017 - 7pm

Roland Park Presbyterian Church
4801 Roland Ave
Baltimore, Maryland 21210

$10 Suggested Donation



Hear the lyrical, flowing piece that inspired Schumann to call Mendelssohn “the Mozart of the nineteenth century, the most illuminating of musicians.” And baritone Phillip Collister joins us for a variety of classic and modern songs.



From Italian Art Songs and Arias, Reimagined

Caro mio ben
Amarilli, mia bella
Danza, Danza, Fanciulla Gentile


Four Songs

The Lake Isle of Innisfree (William Butler Yeats)   Ben Moore (b. 1960)
A Clear Midnight (Walt Whitman) Lee Hoiby (1926-2011)
When You Are Old (W. B. Yeats) Ben Moore
The Astronomers: An Epitaph Richard Hundley (b. 1931)


JOHN MUSTO Shadow of the Blues (Langston Hughes)

Could Be


WILLIAM BOLCOM Cabaret Songs (Arnold Weinstein)  

Song of Black Max


Phillip Collister, bass-baritone
Esther Lee, Piano




FELIX MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, op. 49

Molto allegro ed agitato
Andante con molto tranquillo
Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace
Finale: Allegro assai appassionato
Tamara Seymour, violin
Lavena Johanson, cello
Melody Quah, piano


Phillip Collister, bass-baritone, performs extensively as a soloist in opera, oratorio, and recital.  He has been a soloist with the Bach Sinfonia, The Handel Choir of Baltimore, The Bach Concert Series of Baltimore, The Baltimore Opera, Lyric Opera Baltimore, the Washington Bach Consort, the Maryland Handel Festival & Smithsonian Chamber Players, and internationally at the Handel Festival in Halle, Germany. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in October 2011 with Trio Montage, a professional chamber ensemble devoted to works for clarinet, voice and piano. www.triomontage.com  Trio Montage recently performed as part of the Candlelight Concert Series at the historic Whim Plantation in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands and in Assisi, Italy in 2013 as invited performers for the International Clarinet Fest.  A frequent oratorio soloist, Collister has performed Bach’s B-minor mass, St. John Passion, Christmas Oratorio, Handel’s Messiah, Joshua, Jeptha, Alexander Ballus, and Theodora, Mozart Requiem, Coronation Mass, and Beethoven’s Mass in C-minor.  He was a member of the Bach Sinfonia’s professional choral ensemble in the critically acclaimed recording Passion and Lament:  Choral Masterworks of the 17th Century and featuring Carissimi’s Jepthe and several psalm settings by Rossi released on the Dorian label.  

Collister is the Chairperson of the Department of Music at Towson University where he remains involved as a producer and director of Towson University’s Music for the Stage (Opera Workshop), in teaching private voice, vocal pedagogy, vocal literature survey, and as an active collaborator within the College and with Towson’s partner school in Oldenburg, Germany.  He is the founder of Towson’s Opera in a Can, children’s opera outreach program, which, since its founding in 2011, has performed for over 15,000 children in schools and as part several Annapolis Opera seasons.  From 2009-2006 Collister was the Music Director of Young Victorian Theatre Company. He has stage directed numerous productions for HUB Opera Ensemble in Hagerstown, MD.  He is a member of quinTUs, the faculty vocal quintet at Towson University and also serves as Music Director of the Roland Park Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, MD.

He holds a DMA in Voice & Opera from University of Maryland (College Park), a Masters of Music and Performance Certificate in Voice & Opera from Northwestern University (Evanston), and Bachelor of Arts in Music/Theatre from Marycrest College (Davenport, Iowa).  


Esther Lee, organist/harpsichordist/accompanist, began piano and organ  studies at an early age in her native South Korea, and after discovering the voice of the Baroque she turned her devotion to the harpsichord. She studied pipe organ at Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary and harpsichord at The Korean National University of Arts in Seoul. Having arrived in Europe, she continuously studied harpsichord at Musikhochschule in Luebeck with Hans-Juergen Schnoor and at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Bob van Asperen. Esther also followed classes with Gustav Leonhardt, Menno van Delft, Jacques van Oortmassen, Thérèse de Goede, Annelie de Man and Lucy van Dael amongst others.

As a soloist and an accompanist, she has appeared in recitals and concerts in the US, in Europe and in Asia. She made her debut at the Utrecht Early Music Festival. She has given concerts in halls such as Het Bethanienklooster Concert Hall, Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, Noorder Kerk in Amsterdam, St. Lambertus Kerk in Buren, Musikhalle in Hamburg, Musikhalle in Salzburg, Musikhalle in Muenchen, St. Thomas Church in Frankfurt, Chicago City Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Gunpo Culture and Arts Center, Kumho Art Hall and the Opus Hall. She has accompanied leading players like baroque violist Rie Kimura, viola da gambist and baroque cellist Robert Smith, baroque flutist Elin Olstorpe, recordist Francesca Thompson, baroque trumpetist Emile Meuffels. As a continuo player she has worked with Amsterdam University Baroque Orchestra and The Korean National University Orchestra. Moreover, Esther’s passion for song accompaniment has led to work with many soloists and choirs in the US, in Jamaica, in Thailand and in South Korea.

She previously served as an organist at Alliance Fellowship Church in Schaumburg, IL. Currently, she is an organist at Roland Park Presbyterian Church.


Violinist Tamara Seymour was born and raised in New York City. She attended the Juilliard School where she received both her bachelors and masters degrees. She was concertmaster of the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson-Thomas and then served as concertmaster of the Florida philharmonic in Ft. Lauderdale for five years. She came to Baltimore to play as first call substitute of the Baltimore symphony under maestro Yuri Temirkonov and she played with the symphony for 8 years, also playing with the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra as a first call substitute. Now freelancing in Baltimore, plays with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Bach in Baltimore, and the Concert Artists of Baltimore. Tamara has performed as a soloist at Alice Tully Hall in New York City, the Isabella Gardner museum in Boston, and has also been a featured soloist with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. She has been a regular performer at Summer Chamber Music Roland Park for the past 10 years.


Cellist Lavena Johanson is a com-manding performer and a consummate musician. Her passion for chamber music has led to performances with esteemed artists such as Robert McDuffie, Ara Gregorian, Amit Peled, Andres Diaz, Amy Schwartz Moretti, and Nicholas Cords. Lavena was a founding member of the Atlas String Quartet, semifinalists in the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed new and recent works by Ted Hearne, Amy Beth Kirsten, Caroline Shaw, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir on Baltimore’s Evolution Contemporary Music Series. Lavena has also premiered two pieces written expressly for her by her husband, Judah Adashi, and is only the second cellist to have performed both of Michael Hersch’s Sonatas for Unaccompanied Cello in one night. Most recently, Lavena toured as a cellist with the indie rock band Ra Ra Riot, playing to sold-out crowds at the 9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.), The House of Blues (Cleveland), and Lincoln Hall (Chicago). On April 19, 2017 she released a record-ing of Judah Adashi’s piece The Beauty of the Protest for singing cellist. A native of Seattle, Lavena holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Robert McDuffie Center for Strings and a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory. She plays on a cello made by Jason Viseltear and Robert Young in 2005.


Described as a “poet with titanium fingers” by the Vancouver Sun, Melody Quah has performed across four continents. She has appeared as a soloist with the Ku-Ring-Gai Symphony and Central Coast Symphony Orchestras in Australia; the Pomeranian Philharmonic in Poland; and the Richmond Philharmonic, Academy Philharmonic, Vancouver Philharmonic, West Coast Symphony, and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras in Canada. In 2012, after she performed in the Yale in New York–Prokofiev series at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, the New York Timesreviewed, “she had admirable refinement and achieved power through crisp attack and clarity.” She is a prizewinner of the 7th International Paderewski Competition held in Bydgoszcz, Poland, and won Yale’s Chamber Music Competition and Outstanding Pianist Award in 2013. Melody is a graduate of The Vancouver Academy of Music, The Juilliard School and Yale School of Music, and graduated this year from Peabody Conservatory with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Melody serves as faculty at the Community College of Baltimore County, The Park School of Baltimore and Levine Music, D.C.