Faculty with Strings Showcase
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2019
The GVSU Symphony Orchestra Strings
Henry Duitman, conductor
BOYCE Symphony No. 1
Horn quartet TBD
FINZI Five Bagatelles with Gary June, clarinet
MOZART Three opera arias with Alexander Hahn, bass and Jennifer Sung, soprano
BLOCH Concerto Grosso for strings and piano
Alexander Hahn, bass
When he sang it, the foundations of the Warsaw Philharmonic trembled. It was truly an amazing voice. - Wielkanocny Festiwal LvB Czasopismo
A 2019 Paris Opera Competition Grand Finalist, bass Alexander Hahn’s recent performances include his debut with the Beethoven Easter Festival of Warsaw as Pietro in Simon Boccanegra, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro with Bronx Opera, Claudius in Hamlet with Opera Ithaca, Monterone with in Rigoletto with Opera Theater of Connecticut, Zuniga in Carmen with New Rochelle Opera, and the bass-baritone soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with EOS Orchestra of Beijing. Mr. Hahn's operatic credits include performances of Colline in La Bohème, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, King René in Iolanta, Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Lorenzo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, as well as many others with Empire Opera, Opera Company of Brooklyn, and Occasional Opera NYC. Equally at home in art song, Mr. Hahn has performed Winterreise at New York’s Staller Center, and sung as a soloist in Chautauqua Opera’s young artist recital series, Yale Opera’s Liederabend concerts, and the Montreal International Vocal Arts Institute recital series.
Recent commendations include awards from the Career Bridges Organization as well as being a finalist in the 2017 Giulio Gari Competition. Mr. Hahn is a graduate of the Yale School of Music, where he earned both a Master’s degree in Music and an Artist Diploma as well as being awarded the David L. Kasdon Memorial Prize, for the most outstanding singer in the School of Music. Mr. Hahn earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music from Mannes College of Music.
The audience burst into applause as she finished the introductory number - The Statesman
American soprano Jennifer Sung enjoys a dynamic career in both North America and Europe. Hailed for her "flexible" and "rich Mozartean singing," Ms. Sung's most recent performances include Mimi in La boheme and the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor with Stony Brook Opera, Madame Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor with Opera NEO, Anna in Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor with Occasional Opera of New York, the soprano soloist in Haydn's Die Schopfung with NYC Chamber Orchestra, and numerous other recitals, concerts, and performances. Recognized for her versatility, Ms. Sung's operatic repertoire covers a range of different characters - including performances of Giulietta in I Capuleti ed i Montecchi, La Fee in Cendrillon, Gretel in Hansel und Gretel, as well as many others with Amato Opera, Kaliope Opera, and New York Occasional Opera.
Equally at home on the concert and recital stage, Ms. Sung has performed as a soprano soloist in various oratorio and concert works throughout North America including Bach's Mass in B minor, Saint-Saens' Oratorio de Noel, Handel's Messiah, and many others. Ms. Sung is also a winner of multiple competitions including first place in the New York Emerging Artist Competition and a finalist award in the National Opera Association Competition.
Ms. Sung holds a D.M.A. degree from Stony Brook University, an M.M. from Manhattan School of Music, and a B.M. from Eastman School of Music.
Jennifer Sung, soprano
Gary June, clarinet
Gary June is a clarinetist and educator based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He holds teaching positions at both Saginaw Valley State University, where he is the Adjunct Professor of Clarinet, and Grand Valley State University, where he teaches clarinet and general music courses. As an orchestral musician, he has held the position of 2nd/Eb clarinet with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and was an Associate Member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has likewise regularly played with Sinfonia da Camera, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, and the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra. As a committed educator of primary and secondary-aged students, he spends summers teaching and playing at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and the Illinois Summer Youth Music Pre-College Clarinet Camp.
Dr. June can be heard on the GVSU New Music Ensemble’s celebrated recording of Terry Riley’s In C: Remixed and Sinfonia da Camera’s to-be-released recording of Bohuslav Martin’s ballet, Stin. He holds degrees from Grand Valley State University and the University of Colorado-Boulder, and recently completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he served as the clarinet studio Teaching Assistant and wrote his thesis on contemporary Finnish clarinet music. His principal teachers include Dr. Arthur Campbell, Daniel Silver, and J. David Harris.