From Washington National Opera:
A native of Philadelphia, soprano Leah Hawkins is in her first season of WNO's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. This season she appeared with WNO as Mrs. Dorsey and Viola Lee in the world premiere of the revised version of Appomattox. Her roles include Julia Child in the one-woman opera Bon Appétit, Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, La Badessa in Suor Angelica, Giulietta in Les contes d'Hoffmann, Tisbe in La Cenerentola, and Maria in Porgy and Bess. On the concert stage, she has appeared with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony, Black Pearl Orchestra, Chesapeake Youth Symphony, Yale Philharmonia, and the New Haven Symphony. She has been a young artist with the Martina Arroyo Foundation's Prelude to Performance Program, Houston Grand Opera's Young Artist Vocal Academy, and Central City Opera. In the summer of 2015 she was a Studio Artist with Chautauqua Opera, covering the role of Madame Larina in Eugene Onegin. Awards include an Encouragement Award at the 2015 George London Competition, second place at the 2015 New England Region finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Hope Clark award at the 2014 Opera Ebony Competition, Finalist and Encouragement Award at the 2014 Marcello Giordani International Vocal Competition, first place at the 2013 National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc. Vocal Arts Competition for Emerging Artists, and an Encouragement Award at the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Region finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Morgan State University and her Master of Music from Yale School of Music.
Ms. Chandler-Eteme first came to international prominence as a favorite of Robert Shaw and has in the years since collaborated with many renowned and respected conductors, among them Marin Alsop, James Conlon, Andreas Delfs, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Claus Peter Flor, Hans Graf, Jeffrey Kahane, Carlos Kalmar, Raymond Leppard, Jahja Ling, Andrew Litton, Keith Lockhart, David Lockington, Stuart Malina, Peter Oundjian, Christof Perick, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Stefan Sanderling, Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Temirkanov, Edo de Waart and Hugh Wolff. She has been guest soloist with the Los Angeles and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras; Boston, NHK (Japan), Phoenix and Kansas City Symphonies; Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Rochester Philharmonics; and Philadelphia Orchestra. Festival invitations include Bard, Grant Park, Aspen, Prague Autumn and Blossom. Ms. Chandler-Eteme's recordings include an inspirational solo disc (Devotions), and the Dvořák Te Deum with Zdeněk Mácal and the New Jersey Symphony. She holds degrees from Oakwood College and Indiana University and has studied with Virginia Zeani, Margaret Harshaw, Ginger Beazley and Todd Duncan.
Christmas Eve Song Service
At the French Protestant Church
We will be celebrating Christmas
With traditional hymns and melodies sung
By two well-known professional soloists:
Janice Chandler-Eteme and Leah Hawkins
Saturday, December 24
6:30 - 7:30 pm
chef d'orchestre français
Eglise Protestante Francophone de Washington, DC