The Arizona Christian University Music Department is pleased to announce a recital of Robert Schuman’s Dichterliebe featuring ACU adjunct pianist Dr. Jessica Yam and guest artist from Chicago Lyric Opera, tenor Bernard Holcomb. The recital is free of charge and will take place on Thursday, August 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the Student Activity Center on the campus of Arizona Christian University. This is a rare opportunity to see Dr. Yam and Mr. Holcomb, who will later perform as part of the Arizona State University Guest Artist Series.

Massachusetts native Dr. Yam was one of two national recipients of the Chopin Foundation of the United States Scholarship in 2001 and 2002.  As a bicentennial salute to Fryderyk Chopin, Robert Schumann, and Franz Liszt, Dr. Yam expressed her affinity for the composers in several concerts in 2010 and 2011.  She has also guest performed with the New England Philharmonic, Maryland Symphony, and Young People’s Symphony Orchestras and has won numerous scholarships, prizes, and competitions up to the international level.  Currently, Dr. Yam is appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Piano at ACU as well as a Faculty Associate at the Arizona State University.  She also maintains an active piano studio in Tempe.

Dr. Yam has Piano Performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Arizona State University.  She has also received rigorous musical training from the New England Conservatory.

A native of Detroit, Mr. Holcomb is a recent alumnus of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, recently seen performing Gastone (Verdi’s La Traviata, Act 1, Stars of Lyric Opera), Ernesto (Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Ryan Opera Center Workshop), Rodolfo (Puccini’s La Bohème, Act 4, Symphony Hall), and featured as a solo artist alongside Renee Fleming and Sir Patrick Stewart in Second City’s Guide to the Opera.  For the 2012/2013 season, Mr. Holcomb appeared on the Lyric mainstage as the Young Servant (Strauss’ Elektra), Captain of the Crossbowmen (Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra), Notary (Don Pasquale) and Parpignol (La Bohème).  Mr. Holcomb also covered major roles in Massenet’s Werther, Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Verdi’s Rigoletto.  Last week, he appeared as the Crabman in several performances of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in Hungary.  He has also won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the Michigan District.

Mr. Holcomb has Vocal Performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music and University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. For more information, please visit

The evening’s repertoire will also feature piano works by Sergey Rachmaninov, Johann Sebastian Bach, Fryderyk Chopin and Sergey Prokofiev.

For more information, please contact Shara Engel at [email protected] or 602-386-4129.