Wei En Chan, countertenor
CNA's Artistic Director and resident countertenor, Wei En's singing is lauded for its “time-stopping” beauty and technical finesse. Apart from being a producer of arts events, Wei En leads an active career in Asia and North America performing the major works of Bach and Handel.
His work with CNA has been recognized with grants from The Iguana Music Fund, Cambridge Arts, and an artist/scholar residency with the Sunlit Residency.
Yoonjeong Yoo, soprano
Soprano Yoonjeong Yoo is a native of Incheon, South Korea. She has played Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Ruth in John Musto’s Later the Same Evening. She joined Nahant Music festival as a 2019 vocal apprentice. She has covered Rose in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene and Adele in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus.
Jeannette Lee, mezzo-soprano
Described to have “a lovely mezzo voice with lots of color, warmth and vibrancy,” Hong Kong mezzo soprano Jeannette Lee is a sought-after versatile performer and was a semi-finalist at the 2019 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Pendine Voice of the Future. She is currently engaged to sing in Boston Opera Collaborative’s Opera Bites project in September and will be competing in the live round of Neue Stimmen in New York this November.
Wee Kiat Chia, countertenor
Praised for his "rich and deep countertenor voice" with a "dramatic edge", countertenor Dr. Wee Kiat CHIA has participated in events in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Austria, Australia and the United States.
He was the soloist for the US West coast premiere of Matthew Aucoin's The Orphic Moment at the Music Academy of the West, as well as the Florida premiere with the enSRQ, both under the baton of the composer. He was a 2017 finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions New England Region, and in 2016, he participated in the professional première of the Beth Morrison Projects’ Ouroboros Trilogy in Boston, covering the roles of Xiao Qing in all three operas. Dr, Chia is also a frequent guest singer in the events organised by Bachfest Malaysia and International Christian Choral Conductor Society (ICCCS).
As a Music Associate at Colby College Music Department, Dr. Chia achieved his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) at Boston University College of Fine Arts under the tutelage of Dr. Lynn Eustis.
David Rivera Bozón, tenor
David Rivera Bozón is an international tenor with more than seventeen years of performing experience. The core of his career is to share with love the joy of singing.
Recent highlights includes Boston Singer´s Resource Composer´s Lab, Opera Talk Italy Virtual Serenade, Opera on Tap OperaGrams, NEMPAC Balcony Series at Tresca, Opera Evening with Veronica Robles Cultural Center.
Junhan Choi, baritone
Praised for his “splendid baritone voice, rich and rounded”, baritone Junhan Choi, a native of South Korea, has performed in numerous operas, oratorios and concerts with such companies as Boston Lyric Opera, Teatro Nuovo, Odyssey Opera, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Boston Opera Collaborative, MassOpera and Naples Philharmonic.
He is a prize winner in the 54th Viñas International Voice Competition(Spain), the Berliner International Music Competition(Germany), Talents of the World International Voice Competition(USA), MassOpera’s Vocal Competition(USA), Rochester International Vocal Competition(USA) and St. Botolph Emerging Artist Grant for excellence in music(USA).
Mr. Choi hold a Master’s degree and a Graduate Diploma with a Presidential Scholarship from New England Conservatory of Music.
Hohyeon Kyung, piano
Sought-after musician Hohyeon Kyung is a collaborative pianist, music coach, and composer based in New York City. While completing his studies as a composer, Mr. Kyung developed a unique career as a pianist, coach, and conductor working with a immensely diverse group of musicians. Mr. Kyung is currently a vocal coach and musical theatre pianist at the MSM.
Jacob Hiser, piano
Jacob Hiser is a versatile pianist and violinist who performs and studies a variety of musical traditions. Born and raised in southern Missouri, he grew up playing bluegrass, blues, and classical music, eventually discovering jazz and graduating from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies. In 2014, he moved to Boston to attend New England Conservatory's Contemporary Improvisation program, graduating with his master's degree in 2016. While there, he studied with Ran Blake, Bruce Brubaker, Joe Morris, and Frank Carlberg, and performed in ensembles and concerts coached/directed by John Zorn, Jason Moran, Tanya Kalmonovitch, Anthony Coleman, and Simon Carrington.
With jazz groups, country bands, choirs, Korean folk music ensembles, and classical cellists, Jacob has performed all over the United States, as well as Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, and Australia. In summer 2019, he was accepted into the International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada, where he spent 3 weeks creating music with 45 other improvising musicians from around the world and working closely with faculty Vijay Iyer, Steph Richards, Tyshawn Sorey, Okkyung Lee, and many others. Currently, Jacob is adjunct piano faculty at University of Massachusetts Lowell and a pianist for Boston Children's Chorus. During the summers, he is a faculty member of two fine arts programs: Missouri Fine Arts Academy (a two-week summer residential program for high school student artists in visual arts, theatre, dance, creative writing, and music), and Next Generation Performing Arts Camp (a week-long piano/strings camp in Lawton, Oklahoma for middle school and high school students). He has released one album, “Seconds”, comprised mostly of original jazz compositions for quintet and trio.
Jonathan Shin, piano/composer
Jonathan Shin performs extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, as well as composes and improvises across multiple genres and styles.
A graduate of the Longy School of Music, Jonathan won both the Orchestral Composition Competition and the Concerto Competition, was conferred the Patricia Sherman Award and the Roman Totenburg Award. In October 2019, he was awarded the Emerging Artist Award by the St. Botolph Club.
Equally prolific as a composer, his song cycle, The Other Merlion and Friends, was critically reviewed as “probably the most compelling and worthwhile new work from any Singaporean composer in recent years.” His 1819 Suite, commissioned for the Singapore Bicentennial, was reviewed to be “supremely confident and comfortable in its own skin.” (The Straits Times) His works are frequently commissioned, performed, and recorded by orchestras in Singapore.
Jonathan is currently pursuing his doctoral studies in composition at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University.