Candlelight Concert Society Staff

Photo by Wendy Hickok

Photo by Wendy Hickok

Jessica Julin White

Jessica Julin White, originally from Danville, California, moved to Maryland in 2009, following her studies at Ithaca College (BM), Indiana University (MM), and the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts. While continuing to enjoy a successful international operatic career, Ms. White has since formed her own vocal studio in Howard County and came on as Executive Director of Candlelight Concert Society mid-season in March 2017.

Favorite operatic roles of her career include the title characters of Turandot, Tosca and Ariadne auf Naxos. Performances have allowed her to sing on some of the most sought-after operatic stages of the world, including The Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala and OLBE-ABAO Bilbao, Spain. She has performed in concert, such as “Midsummer Night’s Dream” with the Philadelphia Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Rafael Frübeck de Burgos. Other recent engagements include featured soprano soloist in an opera program with the Cathedral Choral Society.

Ms. White has taught up to 25 Howard County students private voice a year since the studio’s inception. Her students are consistently granted acceptance into All-State Festival Chorus, Peabody Children’s Chorus and frequently continue on to collegiate music programs all over the country. In addition to her private studio, Ms. White has served on faculty at Ithaca College for the Summer Music Academy (2013 and 2014).

She currently resides in Frederick with her husband and daughter and continues to perform on occasion.

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Irina Kaplan Lande 

Irina Kaplan Lande is Artistic Director of the Candlelight Concert Society, where she conceives and implements the artistic vision for the series by bringing outstanding musicians, maintaining artistic excellence, fostering creative diversity, and building the organization’s reputation as an internationally-recognized music presenter.

A graduate of St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, Irina Kaplan Lande was trained in that school's famous tradition of piano playing. She has been on the faculty of the Peabody for over 20 years, teaching piano and chamber music, and has served on the faculty of the College of Notre Dame and Towson University. Her students have participated in numerous competitions, and have achieved successful placements at prestigious music schools and universities across
the country.

In 2003, Irina founded the Poulenc Trio, one of the world's most prominent piano-wind trios. The group has been critically acclaimed, by the New York Times and Washington Post, and has appeared on concert series and at music festivals in 45 states and around the world, including the Ravello Festival in Italy, the San Miguel de Allende Festival in Mexico, and the White Nights Festival in Russia. Irina has performed with violinist Hilary Hahn, the Thibaud Trio of Berlin, soprano Hyunah Yu, clarinetists Alexander Fiterstein and Anthony McGill and poet Lia Purpura, among others.

As Artistic Director for the group, Irina has been the driving force behind the Trio's commitment to commissioning, performing and recording new works from living composers. Since its founding, the Trio has greatly expanded the repertoire available for the oboe, bassoon and piano, with 22 new works written for and premiered, including three triple concertos for Trio and full orchestra. She has released two albums with the Trio - "Poulenc Plays Poulenc" and "Creation" on Delos label.

In her free time she loves to ski in the winter and forage for mushrooms in the summer.