William H. Scheide

William H. ScheideBill Scheide believes that each member of the human family deserves a free and enlightened life. Musician, philanthropist and humanitarian, Bill’s life-long support of the arts, education, civil rights, health, and poverty relief programs expresses this belief. Born in Philadelphia on January 6, 1914, Bill is the only child of…more

Mark Laycock, conductor

Maestro Mark LaycockMark Laycock made his conducting début at age 21 with the Philadelphia Orchestra, as winner of the only Leopold Stokowski Memorial Conducting Competition in Association with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Since then he has conducted more than 2,000 works with a wide array of orchestras and opera companies in…

Vienna Chamber Orchestra

OrchestraFounded in 1946, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra had a special partnership with principal conductor Carlo Zecchi as well as guests Yehudi Menuhin and Sándor Végh. Cooperation with Heinz Holliger, Sir Neville Marriner, Adam Fischer and Rudolf Barshai always held special significance… more

Westminster Symphonic Choir

Westminster Symphonic ChoirRecognized as one of the world’s leading choral ensembles, the Westminster Symphonic Choir has recorded and performed with major orchestras under virtually every internationally acclaimed conductor of the past 78 years…more

Ah Young Hong, soprano

Ah Young HongSoprano Ah Young Hong has been praised by The New York Times for her “lovely voice with round, soft low notes and a sugar-sweet top" and The Washington Post described her voice as “glistening and resilient.” Her solo concert work has included performances with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra… more

Leah Wool, mezzo-soprano

Leah WoolMs. Wool’s 2013-2014 season includes a return to Boston Baroque as Minerva in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Wiener KammerOrchester under Mark Laycock, and a début with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra…more

William Burden, tenor

William BurdenAmerican tenor William Burden has won an outstanding reputation in a wide-ranging repertoire throughout Europe and North America. He has appeared in many prestigious opera houses in the United States and Europe, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera…more

Mark S. Doss, bass-baritone

Mark S. DossGrammy Award winner Mark S. Doss has sung 60 roles with more than 60 major opera houses around the world, including Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, the Vienna State Opera, London’s Covent Garden, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and San Francisco Opera…more

Mariam Nazarian, piano

Mariam NazarianSince making her debut (at the age of eight) with the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia, Nazarian has performed with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra (Grand Philharmonic Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia), Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra… more

Andrew Sun, piano

Andrew SunAndrew Sun has appeared multiple times as soloist and chamber musician at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and Alice Tully Hall. Andrew made his orchestral debut in 2009 with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra performing Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto. He has since appeared with… more

William H. Scheide

Bill Scheide believes that each member of the human family deserves a free and enlightened life. Musician, philanthropist and humanitarian, Bill’s life-long support of the arts, education, civil rights, health, and poverty relief programs expresses this belief.

Born in Philadelphia on January 6, 1914, Bill is the only child of John Hinsdale Scheide and Harriet Hurd. He grew up in a household passionate about music, culture, rare books and the well-being of humanity. His father played the piano, and his mother sang. At age 6, Bill began piano lessons, and his passion for music has not diminished.

A Bach Scholar who majored in history at Princeton (Class of 1936) because there was no music department, he then earned an M.A. in music at Columbia in 1940. He was the first American to be published in the Bach Jahrbuch, a journal of Bach scholarship. In 1946, Bill founded and directed the Bach Aria Group, a vocal and instrumental ensemble that performed and recorded for 34 years.

Renowned for his interest in and collection of rare books, Bill is the owner of the Scheide Library, now housed in Firestone Library at Princeton University, which contains books and manuscripts that he, his grandfather, Willam T. Scheide, and his father, John H. Scheide (Class of 1896) acquired. The Scheide Library holds copies of the first four Bibles ever printed; materials on the invention and history of printing; books and manuscripts on the early voyages to the Americas; and musical manuscripts of J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, and many others.

Bill’s commitment to higher education reaches beyond his alma mater. He has long and faithful relationships with the College of Wooster, Princeton Theological Seminary and Westminster Choir College where for a collective 58 years he was a member of their Boards of Trustees. For 27 of those years, Bill served on the Board of Westminster Choir College, 9 of those years as Chairman of the Board. While he was a frequent lecturer and engaged leader, Bill underscored his belief in the mission of the College with generous support.

The January 25, 2014 Ode to Joy concert will not only fete Bill’s 100th birthday but will celebrate Westminster Choir College’s more than 80 years of musical excellence.

Mark Laycock, conductor

Mark Laycock made his conducting début at age 21 with the Philadelphia Orchestra, as winner of the only Leopold Stokowski Memorial Conducting Competition in Association with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Since then he has conducted more than 2,000 works with a wide array of orchestras and opera companies in Asia and Europe, as well as Israel and North and South America.

Maestro Laycock appears regularly with the Wiener KammerOrchester at the Wiener Konzerthaus, Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá, and the Georges Enescu Philharmonic in Bucharest, among others. This season he has appeared on two different occasions with the English Chamber Orchestra, and recently made a highly acclaimed return to The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Mark Laycock’s productions with Opera New Jersey included Don Pasquale, The Barber of Seville, and H.M.S. Pinafore, all of which received sparkling response from audiences and critics alike. Additionally, a concert of Mendelssohn’s rarely performed Symphony No. 2 (“Lobgesang”) with the combined forces of Opera New Jersey and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra excited an enthusiastic review in The New York Times.

Mark Laycock was Music Director of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra for more than 20 years, transforming the orchestra from a small chamber orchestra into a full and critically acclaimed professional symphony orchestra awarded Citations of Excellence for two consecutive years from the State Arts Council of New Jersey for “exhibiting the highest standards of artistic excellence.” He was also Associate Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra from 2000–2003, and has developed a reputation for stepping in to conduct without rehearsal, including performances of Ein Heldenleben, Carmina Burana, Brahms Symphonies, and a complete production of Carmen in Weimar to great acclaim.

As a published composer, he has just completed a Flute Concerto for the recent Principal Flute of the Weiner Symphoniker, and is currently working on a new commission for orchestra, chorus, and soprano, based on the Via Dolorosa. www.marklaycock.com

Vienna Chamber Orchestra

Founded in 1946, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra had a special partnership with principal conductor Carlo Zecchi as well as guests Yehudi Menuhin and Sándor Végh. Cooperation with Heinz Holliger, Sir Neville Marriner, Adam Fischer and Rudolf Barshai always held special significance. Between 2003 and 2008, Heinrich Schiff was Artistic Director of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. A number of significant projects took place under his direction. Since 2004, Joji Hattori has been Associate Guest Conductor of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.

In May 2008, Stefan Vladar was appointed Artistic Director. With him, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra became one of the leading chamber orchestras in the world.

The list of partners on stage sounds like the international artists’ Who's Who. (greatly reduced excerpt) Martha Argerich, Cecilia Bartoli, Elisabeth Batiashvili, Teresa Berganza, Ian Bostridge, Rudolf Buchbinder, Joseph Calleja, Karel Mark Chichon, Daniela Fally, Isabelle Faust, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hélène Grimaud, Edita Gruberova, Friedrich & Paul Gulda, Viviane Hagner, Lynn Harrell, Janine Jansen, Kiri Te Kanawa, Angelika Kirchschlager, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Oleg Maisenberg, Viktoria Mullova, Anna Netrebko, Emmanuel Pahud, Thomas Quasthoff, Julian Rachlin, Vadim Repin, Fazil Say, Benjamin Schmid, David Stern, Maxim Vengerov, Hanna & Bruno Weinmeister and Thomas Zehetmair, Wiener Sängerknaben, and the Hamburg Ballet (John Neumeier).

In addition to its subscription series Matinees and International Prizewinners at the Vienna Konzerthaus, the orchestra appears there in the Symphonie Classique and Voices series in the Great Hall and is a welcome guest at festivals and concert halls around the world: Beethoven Festival Bonn, George Enescu Festival, Eisenstadt Haydn Festival, just to name a very few.

The international renown of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra is reflected in its frequent tours throughout Europe, Russia, Asia, the USA and South America and in its regular appearances in virtually every major city in Europe. www.kammerorchester.com/en/wko.html

Westminster Symphonic Choir

Recognized as one of the world’s leading choral ensembles, the Westminster Symphonic Choir has recorded and performed with major orchestras under virtually every internationally acclaimed conductor of the past 78 years. Led by conductor Joe Miller, director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, the ensemble is composed of all juniors and seniors and half of the graduate students at the college.

The choir made its Philadelphia Orchestra debut in 1934 when Leopold Stokowski brought The Philadelphia Orchestra to Princeton to perform Bach’s Mass in B minor to celebrate the opening of the Westminster Choir College campus. In addition to this performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Mark Laycock, the ensemble’s 2013-2014 season includes performances of works by Beethoven with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Handel’s Messiah with the New York Philharmonic and Andrew Manze, Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, and Rouse’s Requiem with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert.

Recent seasons have included performances of Verdi's Requiem and Bach's St. Matthew Passion with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Berg's Wozzeck with the London Philharmonia and Esa-Pekka Salonen; Villa-Lobos' Choros No. 10 and Estévez’ Cantata Criolla with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and Gustavo Dudamel; and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Daniel Barenboim.

Westminster Choir College is a division of Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts, which has campuses in Princeton and Lawrenceville, N.J. A professional college of music with a unique choral emphasis, Westminster prepares students at the undergraduate and graduate levels for careers in teaching, sacred music and performance. www.rider.edu/wcc/academics/choirs/westminster-symphonic-choir

Ah Young Hong, soprano

Soprano Ah Young Hong has been praised by The New York Times for her “lovely voice with round, soft low notes and a sugar-sweet top" and The Washington Post described her voice as “glistening and resilient.” Her solo concert work has included performances with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Miama Symphony Orchestra, Tempesta di Mare, The Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, Opera Lafayette, and Dreyden Ensemble among others.

Ms. Hong has performed with Opera Lafayette in Rebel and Francoeur’s Zélindor, roi des Sylphes at the Lincoln Center and La Musique in Charpentier’s Les Arts Florissants at the Kennedy Center. With Opera Vivente, she has commanded the stage with the title role in Monteverdi’s L'incoronazione di Poppea, Morgana in Handel’s Alcina, Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto, Asteria in Handel's Tamerlano, and Minerva in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria. In England, she was Papagena in Die Zauberflöte under the direction of Benjamin Luxon, Fortuna and Minerva in Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria under the musical direction of Michael Chance and director Tim Carroll at the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. In 2013-2014, she will be premiering American composer Michael Hersch's first opera, On the Threshold of Winter, for soprano and chamber orchestra in New York City.

In the summer of 2005, Ms. Hong made an American premiere recording of Johann Sebastian Bach’s newly discovered aria, Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn’ ihn, BWV 1127, for National Public Radio’s Performance Today. This recording has been broadcast throughout the world. Other recordings include a world premiere of Rebel and Francoeur's Zélindor, roi des Sylphes (Naxos), Pergolesi's Stabat Mater (Peter Lee Music), and Harmonious Blacksmith's Sentirete una Canzonetta

Ms. Hong is currently a member of the voice faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University. www.ahyounghong.com

Leah Wool, mezzo-soprano

Ms. Wool’s 2013-2014 season includes a return to Boston Baroque as Minerva in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Wiener KammerOrchester under Mark Laycock, and a début with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for Handel’s Messiah. Last season brought appearances with both Nashville Opera and Knoxville Opera as Angelina in La Cenerentola; Sacramento Opera and Piedmont Opera as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia; and she bowed with the Utah Symphony at Deer Valley Music Festival. 



In the 2011-2012 season, Leah Wool returned to the San Francisco Symphony as the second mezzo-soprano in Debussy’s Le Martyre de St. Sébastien, bowed in Glass’ Kepler and in recital at Spoleto Festival USA, appeared with Gloria Musicae for Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ, performed with Portland's prestigious Chamber Music Northwest, and sang Handel's Messiah with both the Kansas City Symphony and the Cincinnati Symphony.

Her 2010-2011 season included returns to Gotham Chamber Opera as the title role in Montsalvatge's El gato con botas and Utah Opera as Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opéra Louisiane, and the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors with The Little Orchestra Society. Previous seasons include: Hänsel with Kentucky Opera, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Knoxville Opera, Amadigi di Gaula with Boston Baroque, Isabella in L'italiana in Algeri with Utah Opera, and Betty in Flora at the Spoleto Festival USA.

Ms. Wool holds an Artist Diploma and Master of Music from Yale University and received her Bachelor of Music magna cum laude from Westminster Choir College. www.leahwool.com

William Burden, tenor

American tenor William Burden has won an outstanding reputation in a wide-ranging repertoire throughout Europe and North America.

He has appeared in many prestigious opera houses in the United States and Europe, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Santa Fe Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, New Orleans Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Opéra National de Paris, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Thèâtre du Châtelet, Bayerische Staatsoper, Berliner Staatsoper, Madrid’s Teatro Real and the Saito Kinen Festival.

In concert, Mr. Burden has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and with Les Arts Florissants at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Barcelona and Lyon. He made his Edinburgh Festival debut as the title role in Judas Maccabeus, conducted by William Christie.

Mr. Burden’s recordings include Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS Media), Barber’s Vanessa (Anatol) with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Chandos) and Musique adorable: The Songs of Emmanuel Chabrier  (Hyperion). He also appeared in the Metropolitan Opera's live HD broadcast of Thomas Adès' The Tempest.

The season Mr. Burden makes his debut at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City in I Capuleti e I Montecchi  and returns to the Seattle Opera as the title role in Les Contes d'Hoffmann. He also sings his first Faust in Berlioz' La Damnation de Faust with the Arizona Symphony Orchestra as part of the Desert Song Festival, and appears in concert with the San Francisco Symphony and Boston Baroque. www.opus3artists.com/artists/william-burden

Mark S. Doss, bass-baritone

Grammy Award winner Mark S. Doss has sung 60 roles with more than 60 major opera houses around the world, including Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, the Vienna State Opera, London’s Covent Garden, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and San Francisco Opera.  

Mr. Doss opened the 2013–14 with Amonasro in Aida at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, Spain, followed by the Four Villains in The Tales of Hoffmann with the New National Theatre in Tokyo, Japan.

The 2012–13 season began at the Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy with the title role in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, followed by Escamillo in Carmen. Next he did double bill performances of Premysl and Alfio with the Teatro de La Maestranza in Sarka and Cavalleria Rusticana, followed by the Dutchman with the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Italy, which is soon to be released on DVD. He concluded the season with Amonasro in Aida at the San Diego Opera and the Dutchman with the Dorset Opera Festival in the UK.

Highlights of prior seasons include Mephistopheles in Santa Fe Opera’s Faust, a successful debut at the Vienna State Opera as Amonasro in Aida, a debut at the Arena di Verona as Escamillo in Carmen, and a debut at the Berlin State Opera as Jochanaan in Solome

In the fall of 2011, Mr. Doss was presented with the prestigious Entertainment Award from Planet Africa, recognizing his professional achievements and for being a positive role model for youths, both in Canada and in the United States.  

Upcoming engagements include Simone in Zemlinsky’s Eine florentinische Tragödie with the Teatro Regio Torino (Mar 2014), Jochanaan in Salome with the Teatro Sao Paolo (Aug/Sep 2014), and a new opera by Nicholas Lens entitled Shell Shock at the Théâtre de la monnaie in Brussels (Oct 2014). www.marksdoss.com

Mariam Nazarian, piano

Since making her debut (at the age of eight) with the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia, Nazarian has performed with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra (Grand Philharmonic Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia), Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra (Pennsylvania Convention Centre, Philadelphia), Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart (Richardson Auditorium, Princeton), and the Boston Pops (Symphony Hall, Boston), among others.

Nazarian made her U.S. debut, in 1995, with solo recitals in Washington, D.C., New York, Princeton, and Philadelphia, with subsequent appearances at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto and the Ontario Music Festival in Ottawa, Canada, as well as in Spain, Italy, and Switzerland. Her performances have been broadcast on WRTI-FM in Philadelphia, WWFM and WPRB-FM in Princeton, WQXR-FM and the MetroGuide TV Channel in New York.

Nazarian made her Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium) debut at age 16 as the youngest pianist in Carnegie’s history to have performed J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, BWV 988. Her debut recording of the Goldberg Variations, initially released by Ardani Classics, will be re-issued digitally this year.

In addition to her activities as performer, as producer and associate director of the Scheide Fund (Princeton) Nazarian has produced numerous benefit concerts featuring the Vienna, Zurich, and English Chamber Orchestras, Festival Strings Lucerne, the New Jersey Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, among others.

Nazarian also co-produces guest speaker appearances with Harvard University’s Office for the Arts and has served as programming advisor to the Arts Council of Princeton. Her recent film-related work includes development for a dance marathon-themed feature produced by Benjamin Millepied, Philip Kaufman’s MESHUGAH, as well as role coaching for Elijah Wood in the upcoming thriller, GRAND PIANO. Nazarian is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music (NYC) and Harvard University and is part of the distinguished roster of Bösendorfer Artists.  

Andrew Sun, piano

Andrew Sun has appeared multiple times as soloist and chamber musician at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and Alice Tully Hall. Andrew made his orchestral debut in 2009 with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra performing Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto. He has since appeared with the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, and most recently, in 2011, with the NYU Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the seldom-heard Dvořák Piano Concerto. Recent New York concert engagements have included performances at the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden, Greenwich House Music School, the Provincetown Playhouse, and Baruch Performing Arts Center. 

Andrew’s 2012 season saw the world broadcast premiere of the then newly-discovered Albumblatt by Johannes Brahms — on WPRB Princeton’s “Towe on Thursday” — which earned him a citation in the Bärenreiter edition. At last year’s Scheide Birthday Concert, Andrew presented 18 selections from the Mary Louise Curtis Bok Birthday Album, by leading 20th century composers including Stravinsky, Copland, Poulenc, and Villa-Lobos. 

Born in West Windsor, New Jersey, Andrew Sun is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at New York University, where he is also an adjunct instructor for private piano lessons and keyboard classes. 

Westminster College of the Arts

Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts educates and trains aspiring performers, artists, teachers, and students with artistic interests, to pursue professional, scholarly, and lifelong personal opportunities in art, dance, music and theater. The College consists of three divisions: Westminster Choir College, the School of Fine and Performing Arts and Westminster Conservatory.

Westminster Choir College is a college of music and graduate school located in Princeton, N.J. Renowned for its tradition of choral excellence, Westminster has become a center of excellence in solo performance as well. Its programs include music education; music theory and composition; sacred music; voice, organ, and piano performance and pedagogy; choral conducting; and piano accompanying and coaching. Westminster’s graduates go on to successful careers as performers and in leadership positions in schools, churches, community organizations and businesses around the world.

The School of Fine and Performing Arts is located on Rider’s Lawrenceville campus. Its programs include arts administration, musical theatre, dance, music, theatre and art. The School provides many opportunities for all students to participate in the arts.

Westminster Conservatory of Music serves the Central New Jersey/Eastern Pennsylvania area with on-campus and community-based music instruction. The community music school of Westminster College of the Arts, it offers a superior faculty and tailors lessons, workshops and classes to the needs of the individual student.

Rider University is a private co-educational university with campuses in Lawrenceville and Princeton, New Jersey, emphasizes purposeful connections between academic study and education for the professions. Its four colleges — The College of Business Administration; College of Liberal Arts, Education, and Sciences; the College of Continuing Studies and Westminster College of the Arts — provide dynamic undergraduate programs in more than 60 areas and graduate programs in 18 specialties.

Rider’s rigorous, hands-on learning prepares students to think critically and communicate clearly to become socially responsible leaders.

Learn more at www.rider.edu.