Hunt’s Church hosted a concert of 4 talented musicians from the Peabody Conservatory on May 21, 2016, followed by an Ice Cream social hour. The concert featured portions of Vivaldi’s Spring, other classical pieces, and selected sacred music.

Michelle Shin (violin)

Michelle Shin, violin, is a Master of Music degree candidate at the Colburn Conservatory of music, where she studies with Martin Beaver. Previous teachers include Masao Kawasaki and Stefan Milenkovich at Juilliard Pre-College, and Victor Danchenko at the Peabody Conservatory where she was granted a full scholarship. As First Prize winner of the Yale Gordon Competition for Strings, she presented recitals on the Music in the Great Hall Series in November 2015, the Discovery Series of the Shriver Hall Concert Series in January 2016, and appeared with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra in February 2016. Earlier achievements include First Prize in the New York Music Competition resulting in her Weill Recital Hall debut in 2003. 2006 marked her Merkin Concert Hall debut as soloist with the Ureuk Symphony, as well as appearances with the Sewanee Festival Orchestra. She was a featured soloist with the St. Petersburg Symphony in Russia in 2010 and 2011.

Alexis Meschter (violin)

Award-winning violinist Alexis Meschter performs as soloist and chamber musician in the US and in Europe. This season, Alexis was the winner of the William Marbury Competition at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University as well as the first prize winner of the LISMA Foundation International Competition on Long Island, NY. He has studied and performed at the Summit Music Festival in Purchase, NY, Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy, and the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute in Washington DC. In past seasons, he has appeared with the Newark Symphony Orchestra and the Wilmington Community Orchestra. Alexis Meschter is enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and studies with the renowned Russian violinist and teacher Victor Danchenko.

Claudia Malchow (viola)

Violist Claudia Malchow has performed as an orchestral musician and chamber musician throughout the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Ms. Malchow has performed as the assistant principal of the Peabody Concert Orchestra, and served as the assistant principal violist of the new Baltimore-based Symohony No 1 during their first season. A lover of chamber music, she has performed in masterclasses for many prominent groups in the field such as the Chiara Quartet, Arianna String Quartet, the Ahn Trio, and Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet. In 2012 her masterclass and performance of the Trout Quintet with the Ahn Trio was broadcast on Iowa Public Television. Claudia ‘s viola studies have been aided by leading viola pedagogues such as Ivo-Jan Van Der Werff, Peter Slowik, and James Dunham. She currently attends the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and is pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance under the instruction of Victoria Chiang.

Najette Abouelhadi (cello)
Cellist Najette Abouelhadi performs as an orchestral and chamber musician in the US and abroad. In recent seasons, she has appeared as principal cellist with the Peabody Institute’s Concert Orchestra, as well as with Symphony No.1, the East Coast’s newest chamber orchestra. She has performed on four continents, in chamber music, orchestra, and solo performances. Ms. Abouelhadi invests much of her time into community outreach in many different capacities, hoping to bring as much music to the greater Baltimore area as possible. Najette Abouelhadi is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music Degree in Cello Performance with Alan Stepansky at the Peabody Conservatory, where she has been awarded the Stephen Kates Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Cello.