Joo-Hwa Lee is a native of Busan, South Korea. She obtained a B.M. degree in piano performance from Kosin University, and received the Austria Salzburg Summer Academy Diploma in collaborative piano. Joo-Hwa has been accompanying for various ensembles, both instrumental and vocal. She also has experience as the rehearsal accompanist for various opera companies and oratorio performances in South Korea. Her repertoires include La Boheme, L ‘Elisird’Amore, La Traviata, Pagliacci and Hansel and Gretel, The Messiah, Eljjah, and The Creation. Before coming to the U.S. in 2007, she was the accompanist of the Masan Civic Professional Choir in Masan, South Korea. She was also an associate professor of collaborative piano at both Ulsan University and Busan Presbyterian College. Joo-Hwa was the accompanist for the 2007 and 2008 Dana Vocal Performance Clinic, and in the fall semester of 2007 she accompanied both the Dana Chorale and University Chorus at Youngstown State University. Most recently she accompanied opera Madama Butterfly as a principal accompanist in Youngstown. JooHwa is currently the accompanist at the Stambaugh Chorus as well as at the Korean Central Presbyterian Church in Cleveland and also accompanies many students both vocal and instrumental at the Dana School of Music.
Don Megahan, director
Don Megahan is music director of the Stambaugh Chorus in addition to serving as organist/choirmaster at Ingomar United Methodist Church in Pittsburgh, and Acting Music Director and Organist at Rodef Shalom Congregation in Oakland. Mr. Megahan was a member of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, singing with the nationally famous ensemble from 1987 to 1995, and served as accompanist for their 1995 Central European Tour. He was also accompanist for the Junior Mendelssohn Choir for 13 years, serving as assistant conductor for two of those seasons. Don Megahan earned his bachelor of music from Duquesne University with degrees in Sacred Music and Organ Performance, and his master of music in Conducting from Carnegie Mellon University where he was a student of eminent American choral conductor, Robert Page. He has served on the Executive Board of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) Pittsburgh Chapter, Board of the Organ Artist Series of Pittsburgh and holds the AGO Service Playing and Colleague certificates. Mr. Megahan is also active in Chorus America and the American Choral Directors’ Association.
Linda Rein, assistant director
Linda Rein is Director of Music at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Austintown and has taught private piano, organ and voice lessons for 19 years. She received her BA in Music and Elementary Education from Concordia College, Ann Arbor, MI and Master of Education from Indiana Wesleyan University. Mrs. Rein serves as the vice-president for the Stambaugh Chorus. She is the Music Education Coordinator for Solich Piano & Music Company. Linda also teaches music at Boardman United Methodist Preschool and Montessori School of the Mahoning Valley and presents after-school enrichment programs at Eagle Heights Academy, Austintown Local Schools and Mineral Ridge Schools featuring group piano, voice, drumming and recorder instruction. As a certified Musikgarten instructor, Mrs. Rein teaches group piano and piano preparatory programs at The Ursuline Center in Canfield. Organizational memberships include the Youngstown chapter AGO (American Guild of Organists), NAMM, MENC, OMEA and Youngstown Music Teachers Association. She also serves as judge for music festivals in Ohio. In addition to her many musical involvements, she is devoted to several church and community activities and most enjoys being with her family: husband, Karl and children, Danny, Alison and Katie.