News: Concerto Soloists to be Featured in May 6 Orchestra Concert

Posted on 22.02.2018 by Darden

Congratulations to the following students who were chosen as winners of this year’s Concerto Competition! They will be featured as soloists in the May 6th Mason Symphony Orchestra Concert. Buy your tickets now!

Yundian “Elle” Cao, Flute (Student of Prof. Julianna Nickel)
Natalie Duchen, Voice (Student of Dr. Kathryn Hearden)
Crystal Golden, Voice (Student of Prof. Miller)
Seon Gyu, Voice (Student of Prof. Miller)
Hakyong (Kelly) Park, Piano (Student of Dr. Linda Monson)
Linh Trinh, Piano (Student of Dr. Linda Monson)

Natalie Duchen

Natalie Duchen, soprano, is a second year graduate student pursuing a Master of Music in Vocal Performance at George Mason University in the studio of Dr. Kathryn Hearden. While at Mason she has performed the roles of Leila (Iolanthe) and The Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel) with Mason Opera and sang La Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro) for the Mason Opera Scenes program. She can be seen in Mason Opera’s Spring 2018 production of Albert Herring as Cis. Equally comfortable performing oratorio, she was featured as a soprano soloist, performing the Mozart Regina Coeli with the Greeley Chorale in the spring of 2016. A native of Colorado, she was previously seen in University of Northern Colorado’s productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Rondine, La Traviata, and Carmen, among others. In the summer of 2017, she traveled to Novafeltria, Italy to perform the roles of Suor Dolcina in Suor Angelica and cover Zerlina in Don Giovanni with La Musica Lirica.

Linh Trinh An

Linh Trinh was born in Hanoi, Vietnam, and is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in piano performance at George Mason University where she is privileged to study with Dr. Linda Apple Monson.  At age six, Linh became a piano student at the Hanoi Conservatory, now renamed the Vietnam National Academy of Music. Linh earned her bachelor’s degree in music with Cum Laude honors from St. Mary’s College of Maryland as a piano student of Brian Ganz. She earned her master’s degree in Piano Performance in  May 2017 from George Mason University as a student of Dr. Monson and received an Academic Achievement Award.  She has also performed in Alba, Italy, at an international festival of music. Linh was chosen to perform for the Mason School of Music Honors Recital and numerous featured recitals at Mason. Linh is the grateful recipient of the Friends of  Music at Mason Ruth Jacksier Scholarship Award.  Linh is currently teaching at Potomac Arts Academy and is a graduate lecturer in Keyboard Skills in Mason’s School of Music.

Crystal Golden

Crystal Golden is a Master’s student in Vocal Performance in the studio of Professor Patricia Miller, Director of Vocal Studies at GMU. A Virginia native, Crystal also earned her Bachelor of Music degree from George Mason University. Additionally, she was selected to study at the University of Oxford in Spring 2016. Crystal is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi academic honor society. Crystal has had leading roles in Mason Opera and has performed as a soloist with the University Singers, Mason Symphony Orchestra, and Mason Wind Symphony. She has performed in masterclasses with notable singers and conductors such as Leona Mitchell, Rosa Lamoreaux, Joe Walsh, Tom Colohan, Robert Ainsley, and Maestro Vincenzo de Vivo (Teatro San Carlo, Italy). She has won First Place in several competitions and has performed several operatic roles in Mason Opera productions: Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (2014), Mabel in Pirates of Penzance (2015), Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring (2018), and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Maiori, Italy (2014).

Hakyong (Kelly) Park

Hakyong (Kelly) Park is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in Piano Performance at George Mason University School of Music studying with Dr. Linda Apple Monson. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Hakyong (Kelly) Park began piano studies at the age of three. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Yonsei University School of Music (Seoul, Korea), and worked with Dr. Young-Ho Kim. She holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from The Hartt School (West Hartford, CT) under Dr. Paul Rutman. Additionally, Hakyong earned an Advanced Performance Certificate from New York University Steinhardt (New York, NY) where she studied with Eduardus Halim. Hakyong Park performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in New York City with NYU Symphony Orchestra as the Winner of the Steinhardt Concerto Competition. Hakyong Park performed at the Seoul Arts Center, Korea’s preeminent concert venue, as the winner of the Kaywon Concerto Competition. Also a chamber musician, Hakyong Park has worked with violist Rainer Moog, Principal Violist of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Yundian (Elle) Cao

Yundian (Elle) Cao is an international student from Nanjing China. She is part of the China 121 program (2 years at Mason, 2 years at Nanjing Normal University). Yundian (Elle) studies under the guidance of Professor Julianna Nickel and is in the Mason Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony. She has played with Alice Kogan Weinreb of the National Symphony Orchestra and has participated at the Washington Flute Society’s Spring event with Dionne Jackson. Recently, she has played for Asian American festival on Millennium Stage in Kennedy Center and won concerto competition for 2018 spring semester in George Mason University. With the background in classical music, Yundian (Elle) has expanded her repertoire to Jazz music.

Seon Gyu Park

Seon Gyu Park is a full lyric soprano, and a doctoral student at George Mason University under the tutelage of Professor Patricia Miller. She earned a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Catherine Malfitano. She graduated with honors from Hanyang University, Korea with a bachelors degree in music. She won the first prize at the Virginia Regional NATS competition and was a semi-finalist at the Classical Singer National Competition. She will perform a leading role of Benjamin Britten’s opera Albert Herring (Lady Billows) with Mason Opera this year. She performed the title role of Massenet’s opera ‘Cendrillon (Cinderella)’ with Amato Opera. Previous credits include Hansel and Gretel (Sandman) with Amato Opera, Così fan tutte (Dorabella) with Hanyang University and Jungmiso Theatre and Die Zauberflöte (2nd lady) with New York Lyric Opera, Madama Butterfly (Cio Cio San) with Opera Manhattan Repertory Theatre, La Traviata (Violetta) with Korean Military Academy Orchestra, and Gianni Schicchi (Lauretta) with World Milal Choir.