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Classics III: Beethoven 9 (7:30pm) sponsored by University of Michigan Health-West

April 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Concert Sponsor:

Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 3:30pm & 7:30pm

Concert Hall at the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, Hope College


Shostakovich: Festive Overture

Beethoven: Symphony No.9
     Schyler Sheltrown, soprano
     Karen Albert, alto
     Jon Lovegrove, tenor
     David Grogan, baritone

Choirs of Hope College & Holland Chorale

Schyler Sheltrown, soprano

Schyler Sheltrown is a soprano from West Michigan. Heralded as one of “the country’s most vibrant up-and-coming singers” and “a lovely lyric soprano” by the Toledo Blade for her title role in The Ballad of Baby Doe, you have likely heard her in performances across the Great Lakes Region. These performances include the roles of Pamina in The Magic Flute, Musetta in La boheme, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Romilda in Serse, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, The Page in Rigoletto, and Mrs. Hayes in Susannah. She has also performed as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Mozart’s Requiem, and Debussy’s La damoiselle élue. She also had the pleasure of voicing Joan of Arc as a soprano soloist in Voices of Light with the Rackham Choir at the Detroit Film Theatre. She was a finalist in the Harold Haugh Light Opera Vocal Competition (2017) and, in the same year, lent her talents to The Library of Congress through the Comic Opera Guild for the first recording of The Free Lance by John Philip Sousa. She has received national recognition, gaining an Encouragement Award in the Michigan District of the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions in 2015 and 2016, First Place in the Scholarship Division of the National Opera Association's solo voice competition (2014), as well as numerous other competitions and prizes.
Miss Sheltrown is a graduate of Michigan State University, where she received her Master of Music (2016) as a Mackey Scholar under the tutelage of Melanie Helton, along with her Bachelor of Music (2014).

Karen Albert, alto

Equally at home on the opera stage and in intimate concert settings, Karen's work covers a variety of disciplines and styles. Recent opera roles include "Katisha" in The Mikado, the dasterdly "Mrs. McClean" in Susannah, and "Cio Cio San's Mother" in Madama Butterfly. Actively pursuing opportunities to share the unique beauty of the art song tradition, Karen has performed works such as Edward Elgar's Sea Pictures and Libby Larsen's Raspberry Island Dreaming. Her love for choral music is evident in her work as well, and she regularly sings both solo and ensemble works with historic Park Church in Grand Rapids, MI and other professional ensembles around the country.

Her scholarship has led to lecture recitals spanning from early French-Canadian folksongs to theological interpretations of Bach arias. Karen has also presented papers at the Midwest Gradatue Music Consortium and at the University of Calgary. 

Karen is an adjunct faculty member at Cornerstone University where she teaches music history and vocal technique courses as well as a studio of voice students.

Karen is also the creator of The Barber & The Singer, a lifestyle blog seeking to serve and inspire musicians, artists, and others in the freelance/self-employed community. The Barber & The Singer can be found in the blog section of this website. 

Jon Lovegrove, tenor

Tenor Jon Lovegrove has performed with West Michigan Opera Project as Sam in Susannah, as well as with Opera Grand Rapids as 2nd Priest and 2nd Man in Armor in The Magic Flute, the tenor soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Shem in Noah’s Flood, and Remendado in Carmen. He has also been a member of the OGR chorus since 2007, appearing in multiple productions, including The Mikado, La Traviata, The Marriage of Figaro, and I Dream. Other West Michigan performances have been with GVSU Opera Theatre as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra as Rodolfo in La Bohème, and Timothy in 2nd Act Opera’s production of Help, Help, the Globolinks!

Mr. Lovegrove was a soloist for the Michigan premier of Benjamin Britten’s The World of the Spirit with the Evangelical Choral Society in 2013, and has performed with the ECS on multiple other occasions.

Mr. Lovegrove holds an Associate’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Grand Rapids Community College. While pursuing that degree, he was a member of the Grand Rapids Community College Choir, Madrigal Singers, and Shades of Blue Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

David Grogan, baritone

The American baritone and music pedagogue, David Grogan, holds Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from Texas Christian University, where he studied voice with Sheila Allen and pedagogy with Vincent Russo. His love of choral music was solidified under the tutelage of the late Ronald Shirey, who taught Grogan much of his musicality. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy in 2010 from the University of North Texas, where he studied voice with Jeffrey Snider, pedagogy with Stephen Austin, and worked closely with Lyle Nordstrom in the early music program. Grogan’s dissertation was on the vocal pedagogy of Frederic W. Root, who was an American vocal pedagogue of the 19th century. A shorter version of the dissertation was published in the January 2010 Journal of Singing under the title, “The Roots of American Pedagogy.”

David Grogan joined the faculty at the University of Texas Arlington in the fall of 2009, first as visiting professor and in 2010 as tenure-track Assistant Professor of Voice. In addition to providing private vocal instruction for voice majors, Grogan teaches vocal pedagogy, voice class, and choral methods. His background in choral music education is extensive, including experience directing programs in both private and public schools across the metroplex. As choir director at Dallas Christian School from 1996 to 2000, Grogan increased choir participation from 15 members to 115, and took the choir to one of the first TPSMEA competitions. He has taught voice and served as assistant choral director in some of the most prominent programs in the area, including at Arlington High School under Dinah Menger, and Manor Middle School under Tommy Haygood.

Learn more about the music…

We will be hosting not only the Classical Chat series at Freedom Village, but also Pre-Concert Talks!  Details below:

Classical Chats at Freedom Village:  These informative and fun talks are led by Johannes Müller-Stosch and take place at 3:00pm on the Thursday before each Classics concert.  (Freedom Village, 6th Floor Auditorium, 145 Columbia Ave.)

Pre-Concert Talks:  These talks, led by Johannes Müller Stosch and Amanda Dykhouse, will be posted online this year, approximately one week before each Classics concert.  Look under the "Pre-Concert Talk" tab.

New to the Symphony?  Check out the Frequently Asked Question page…

Parking Map at the Miller Center

Holland Symphony Orchestra will reserve and monitor Lot 40 for handicapped parking.  The faculty parking lots are available for parking after 5pm

HSO thanks these business partners for their support of this concert!

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April 30
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts at Hope College
221 Columbia Ave.
Holland, MI 49423 United States
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Johannes Müller Stosch, Music Director

Board of Directors

Ann Query (Vice Chairman)
Barb McNally
Cathy Bekken
Don Cowie
Greg Bassett
Jan Dalman
Jane Vander Meer
Jean Olney (Chairman)
Johannes Müller Stosch
Juanita Bocanegra
Kay Walvoord (without vote)
Kerrissa Silverthorne
Marcia Forsman
Marcia Westrate
Marilyn Schmidt
Matthew Wiebe
Mike Usher
Paul Ten Elshof
Rayetta Perez
Ruth Crouch
Sarah Bast
Shandra Martinez
Susan Formsma
Tara Leonard
Tim Dyk


Amanda Dykhouse
Brenda Hearn
Jayne Gort
Jennifer Walvoord
Johannes Müller Stosch
Judy Meyers
Kay Walvoord