Hsuan-Wen Chen, harpsichord, is a native of Taiwan. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in harpsichord performance from Stony Brook University where she studied with Arthur Haas. Ms. Chen currently serves on the faculty at Montclair State University in New Jersey where she teaches Collegium Musicum, harpsichord, and chamber music. She has been Assistant Director for the Baroque Academy at Amherst Early Music Festival and International Baroque Institute at Longy for many years and enjoys meeting musicians from abroad at annual summer workshops. To Ms. Chen this is a reflection of how music cultural exchanges that were celebrated in the 17th and 18th centuries. She is also the artistic director of the baroque ensemble The Soul’s Delight, a group that finds passion and virtuosity in vocal and instrumental chamber repertoire of the Renaissance and Baroque eras.
Flutist Sang Joon Park was awarded the Samuel Baron Prize at SUNY Stony Brook University where he received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree under Carol Wincenc. He studied with Wilbert Hazelzet, Sandra Miller, Janet See, Jed Wentz, Linda Chesis, and Thomas Nyfenger, and participated in Amherst Early Music Festival, International Baroque Institute at Longy, and Vancouver Early Music Programme. He is the director of Aula Harmoniae, and performs with Baroque groups Glitter & Gold, Rossignol Amoureux, Flying Forms, Ensemble La Sylva, Newton Baroque, La Donna Musicale, Catacoustic Consort, Bacchanalia Baroque, Empire Viols, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, Concert Royal, and The Grand Tour Orchestra. He researches Spanish Baroque music at the Patrimonio Nacional Archivo y Biblioteca de Palacio Real de Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional de España, Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, Biblioteca Histórica Municipal de Madrid, Biblioteca Musical Municipal de Madrid, Real Biblioteca del Monasterio San Lorenzo de El Escorial, and the Royal Library at the Hague, Netherlands.
Jason Priset, theorbo and guitar, is a regular performer in the United States and abroad as a soloist and chamber musician. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) from Stony Brook University and specializes in a variety of lute and guitar-related instruments. Jason has appeared in concert through the Chamber Music Society of Detroit including appearances in the Cathedral at St. John the Divine and Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. Jason has performed and toured with Bach Vespers, Brandywine Baroque, Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine, Early Music New York, LOFT Opera, Newton Baroque, New York Continuo Collective, Piffaro: The Renaissance Band. Currently, Jason is serving as an elected LSA Board Member and as Director for the Lute Society of America (LSA) Festival. For 2018-2019 Jason is pursuing Formació Continuada at Escola Superior Musica Universidad de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Jason serves on faculty at Montclair State University.
Sian Ricketts enjoys a multi-faceted career as a singer and a period woodwinds specialist. This season, she performs chamber music and orchestral repertoire with ensembles such as Bach Collegium Fort Wayne (IN), Apollo’s Fire (OH), Dallas Bach Society, and ACRONYM. Sian is a co-founding member of the early music ensemble Alkemie, specializing in music of the medieval period. This season, Alkemie is featured on several concert series, including Music Before 1800 (NY) and the Amherst Glebe Arts Response (VA), and also performs in collaboration with Fordham University and the Metropolis Ensemble. In addition to her interest in early music, Sian also regularly performs 21st-century repertoire as both an instrumentalist and singer, and has recently collaborated with composers such as Jonathan Dawe, Gregory Spears, Elliot Cole, and Mark Nowakowski. Sian holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in historical performance practice from Case Western Reserve University with concentrations in voice and baroque oboe.
- Tuesday, November 27, 12:10 p.m.
Church of the Epiphany, Washington, DC
- Friday, September 21, 7:00 p.m.
Hamburg United Methodist Church, Hamburg NY
- Saturday, September 22, 7:30 p.m.
Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, East Aurora NY
- Sunday, September 23, 3:00 p.m.
Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Lockport NY
- Sunday, September 30, 7:30 p.m.
St mark’s Episcopal Church, Islip NY
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“Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the souls.” – J.S. Bach
The Soul’s Delight is a period instrument chamber ensemble that explores the broad spectrum of music of the 17th and 18thcentury with its various combinations of instruments and voices. The ensemble has performed on the Midtown Concerts, SoHIP and A Little Midday Music series and at various venues throughout Manhattan, including Second Presbyterian Church, Saint Peter’s Church, Immanuel Lutheran Church, and The Church of the Transfiguration. Members have appeared with distinguished ensembles throughout the United States and abroad, including REBEL, Concert Royal, Apollo’s Fire, the Handel and Haydn Society, the American Classical Orchestra, Opera Lafayette, the Classical Music Consort, the Arcadia Players, Juilliard415, the Washington Bach Consort, and Cambridge Concentus. This vibrant group aims to promote historical performance by presenting a fresh yet informed approach to both standard and lesser-known works of early music.