University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, DMA
Boston University, MM
New England Conservatory of Music, BM
Dr. Soo Yeon Kim is currently an associate professor of music at Nazareth College of Rochester, New York. A winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council's Audition, San Francisco Opera, and the Bel Canto Opera Competition, Dr. Kim has been a leading coloratura soprano with many opera companies across the United States, Europe, and Asia. During the summer season of 2005, she sang as Pamina in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte in Rome, Italy. She also sang as Adina in Donizetti's L'elisir D'amore with the International Chamber Orchestra in Rome and Florence, Italy. Her recent opera performances include Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto, Lucia in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, Le Rossignol in Stravinsky's Le Rossignol, Despina in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein's Candide, Queen of the Night in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, and Lucia in Britten's The Rape of Lucrecia with the Illinois Opera Theater, Aspen Opera Theater, New England Opera Theater, Boston Opera, and Harvard University Opera Theater.
Dr. Kim also has been a soprano soloist for many oratorios and orchestras. Her performance in Handel's Messiah with the Annapolis Symphony at the U.S. Naval Academy was telecast on PBS. She gave a successful New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall in 1998. In 2004, she also made prestigious Kennedy Center debut as a soloist with the Korean Symphony Orchestra. Some of the highlights of recent season’s performances include a concert at Symphony Hall in Chicago, a concert in Prague as a soprano soloist in Dvořák’s Te Deum with the Czech National Symphony, and a Christmas Concert in Eisenach, Germany, the birthplace of J.S. Bach.
Ever since her arrival at Nazareth College of Rochester in fall semester of 2007, she has been actively performing both on campus and for the Rochester community. Dr. Kim performed as a soloist for the Rochester Chamber Orchestra for Mozart’s Regina Coelli and chamber work with Cello Divas, in the spring of 2007 she had successful concert tour with Nazareth Choir in Poland, most recently she performed as a soprano soloist for the Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with Nazareth Symphony and Choir.
Dr. Kim is a recipient of a prestigious fellowship award from the Birkshire Music Center at Tanglewood and the Aspen Music Festival. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Master of Music from Boston University, and Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.