The Joan Chambers Concert Series welcomes Shana Mashego, soprano, and Jee Sook Cha, piano, to the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg on February 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Lou Campana Chapel and Lecture Center. This event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Shana Mashego combines her love for global Christian worshipping communities and sacred vocal music with her research interests on the study of voice, music practices of Afro-European church denominations and music for global and non-conventional church congregrations.
In 2014, Dr. Mashego founded Dr. Shana Mashego & The Sacred Ensemble, a collective of classical musicians devoted to the performance and preservation of the global Christian Hymn. In 2015, the ensemble released the first album of a multi-volume collection of concerted hymns titled The Hymn Project. The year 2016 brought two additional volumes of hymns and several live performances for the ensemble. Currently, Dr. Mashego facilitates a lecture series titled The Singer’s Breath-A Vocal Anatomy Intensive which has afforded her enormous opportunities to teach singers about the inter-workings of the vocal instrument. Dr. Mashego has taught and performed extensively in the United States and abroad and has become known as an expert interpreter of sacred song and a specialist in vocal anatomy. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice and Ethnomusicology from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona and the Master and Bachelor of Arts in Music degrees in Voice from Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas. She is wife to George and mother to Miles 21, Kamogelo 20 and Nyakallo 8.
Dr. Jee Sook Cha is a Korean born concert pianist with a style of musicianship which mixes both passion and technicality. As a Korean Baptist, Dr. Cha is an expert interpreter of the Christian Hymn. Her love for God is evident in her personal and professional commitment to the Korean New Community Baptist Church of Houston, TX, where has been serving as Director of Music for 7 years. She also conducts lessons of all music branches from Ear-Training and Sight-Singing to music theory at Texas Southern University, where she has performed many recitals since 2003. Dr. Cha holds the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from the University of California in Los Angeles and has been the recipient of numerous performance awards including the Outstanding Performance Citation from the President of Korea and full scholarship awards for study at The University of California and University of Texas. After years of performing in master classes and concert performances both in the United States and abroad, Dr. Cha maintains her designation as a magnificent performer, educator, and wife to Dr. Dong Ho Nam, mother to her two daughters, Xena 19, Mina 16, and to her son Rayleigh, who is 10 years old.
The Joan Chambers Concert Series is possible through the generous support of President Emeritus George F. Chambers. It brings local, national, and international artists to our campus for performances of the highest professional caliber. It has featured international opera star Andrew Zimmerman, cello/piano duo Antonio Lysy and Patricia Hoy, pianist Pablo Amorós, the Swara Sonora Trio, the Tucson Girls Chorus, thingNY, tenor Chris Carr, contralto Emily Marvosh with Greensburg pianist Matt Klumpp, and it has proudly presented some of Pennsylvania's finests ensembles and artists, including Kassia Ensemble, Heinz Chapel Choir, Pittsburgh Trombone Project, Blue Mile Jazz, PM Woodwind Project, Zach Rohlwing, and the Penn State Chamber Singers.
The series is named in honor of Joan Chambers, late wife of President Chambers, who was an ardent supporter and representative of Pitt‐Greensburg in the community for many years. While her interests were widespread, she especially enjoyed participating in book‐discussion groups, attending cultural events, hosting themed luncheons at her home, and spending winters in southwest Florida. The Children’s Literature Collection in Millstein Library, another of her passions, was developed and named in her honor.