Date: 7:30pm EDT October 25, 2017

The Mashups

As part of its 2017-2018 Premier Artists lineup, The Concert Series presents The Mashups, a trio of musicians specializing in genre bending. Their passion lies in mixing Beyonce with Bizet and coupling Porter with Puccini. They break all the rules while taking the audience on an adventure through opera to jazz to musicals to Motown and back again. Advance tickets are available through Eventbrite.

Individual tickets are $20 (adults) and $15 (non-WC College Students / Seniors over age 65 / WC faculty & staff). WC students and youth 18 and under are free. Individual tickets can be purchased online with a credit card via EventBrite, or with cash or check at the door. Season tickets can be purchased on the Concert Series website. Inquires and ticket holds can be sent to or 410-778-7839 (Debbie Reed).


Matthew Brower has been a Lecturer in Piano at Washington College since 2015, teaching group piano classes and individual lessons for students at all levels. He is also a faculty member of the University of Delaware’s Master Players Summer Festival. Matthew received his Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he was awarded the Oberlin Piano Faculty Prize in Accompanying, and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Collaborative Piano from the University of Michigan under the tutelage of renowned pianist Martin Katz.Matthew Brower is a Philadelphia-based pianist, coach, and educator who brings vision and sensitivity to a variety of genres, from classical piano, chamber music, opera, and art song to musical theatre and jazz. As a member of the 6ixwire Project, a violin/erhu/piano ensemble acclaimed for its synthesis of traditional and contemporary Eastern and Western musical styles, he was recently honored to perform for Vice President Joe Biden. After two rewarding seasons as Chorus Pianist and Musical Assistant at Opera Philadelphia, Matthew is now the pianist with the Mendelssohn Club Choir in Philadelphia. He has also coached and accompanied singers at Westminster Choir College, the University of Michigan, the College of New Jersey, and the Curtis Institute’s Summerfest Young Artist Voice program.


Julia Chalfin loves opera and the big stage! She has made a name for herself in Munich, Germany, as an Opera-Cabaret performer with original shows such as The Birth of a Diva, A Taste of America, Sopranos-more than just a pretty voice! and Ladies, who Brunch which she wrote, produced and performed.  Together with the composer Hartmut Zöbeley, Julia Chalfin wrote the libretto for Kaffeegenuss! as well as stage directing and singing in the two one-act operas: Coffee Cantata (Bach) and Kaffeeklatsch Cantata (Zöbeley). Her latest success is her monthly concert series “Opernstammtisch”, which explores the passionate and dramatic world of opera with a beer in hand. Since the premiere in October 2013, she has produced and performed in more than 33 shows along with over 90 guest singers, pianists, conductors, stage directors and dramaturgs. The Süddeutsche Zeitung recently praised her success in an Artist Portrait calling her “the slightly different Diva”.

Awarded the Filene Music Scholarship, Julia received her BA Cum Laude in Music at Skidmore College (NY) and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College (NY). She relocated to Munich, Germany for her postgraduate studies at the Richard-Strauss-Konservatorium.


Cory O’Niell Walker is a diverse performer, composer, and designer who performs in many genres including Opera, Musical Theater, Art Song and Dance. Cory has been a soloist with The Network for New Music in Philadelphia, Opera Boston, Longwood Opera, New England Light Opera, Boston Theater Bridge, Fiddlehead Theatre, North Shore Music Theater, and Cape Rep Theater. Cory has also been seen at the Philly Fringe Festival performing his own art-song based theatre works, such as L’Heure Exquise and Cupid’s Little Prick. He holds a Master’s degree in vocal performance from Ithaca College, where he also studied composition. Cory maintains a popular voice studio in Philadelphia, is Executive Artistic Director and co-founder of the Philadelphia-based Artsong Repertory Theater Company, and also performs regularly with The Opera Company of Philadelphia and The Mendelssohn Club Chorus.