House Concert January 4, 2020


Arwen Myers - soprano, Monica Ohuchi - piano


An eventing of art song including Barber Hermit Songs


Monica Ohuchi's "commanding pianism" (The New York Times, Anthony Tommasini) allows her an active career as a piano soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. She is the pianist and Executive Director of Fear No Music, a founding member of the piano quartet Thunder Egg Consort, and performs locally with Chamber Music Northwest, March Music Moderne, Music in the Woods, 45th Parallel, Chintimini Chamber Music Festival, and is often heard on Portland's All Classical radio station. Ohuchi.s recent engagements include soloing with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Marin Symphony Orchestra, Newport Symphony Orchestra, and the New Millennium Symphony Orchestra of Spain. She is a frequent guest clinician and adjudicator for the Oregon State and Washington State Music Teacher Associations, as well as the Oregon state chapter of the National Federation of Music. Her solo album released on Helicon records label, "Monica.s Notebook", is a series of piano Études written expressly for her by her husband, Kenji Bunch. Ms. Ohuchi holds advanced degrees from the Juilliard School. After nearly two decades in New York City, she and Kenji relocated to Portland, with their two young children and Pitbull-mix rescue. Ms. Ohuchi has been teaching at Reed College since 2014.

Arwen Myers, praised for her "crystalline tone and delicate passagework" (San Francisco Chronicle), soprano Arwen Myers is quickly gaining a reputation as a captivating & sensitive interpreter of repertoire spanning from early to new music. A versatile artist equally comfortable in oratorio, chamber music, and on stage, Ms. Myers has performed major works with Portland Baroque Orchestra, Early Music Vancouver, Pacific MusicWorks, and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, among others. Recent & upcoming highlights include Handel with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Bach & Purcell with Portland Baroque Orchestra; Vivaldi, Monteverdi, and Gabrieli with Early Music Vancouver; Fauré with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; world premieres by Robert Kyr, Zachary Wadsworth, J.J. Wright, and Michel Petrossian; and Handel Semele (title role) with American Bach Soloists Academy. An enthusiastic collaborator, she has been featured with some of the nation's premiere chamber ensembles, including Seraphic Fire, Bach Akademie Charlotte, and Cappella Romana, among others. A native of Augusta, GA, Arwen holds degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and she currently serves as Director of Communications & Marketing at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and Executive & co-Artistic Director of Northwest Art Song in Portland, OR. She is an active freelance artist across the United States & beyond. Learn more at