Jaeyoon Kim, a native of Seoul, Korea, earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance at the University of South Carolina where he was the recipient of the Carroll Taussig Opera Fellowship. Dr. Kim holds two master’s degrees, one in Choral Conducting from USC and a second in Vocal performance from College Conservatory of Music in the University of Cincinnati. He also earned an Artist Diploma in Vocal Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he apprenticed with the Lyric Opera Cleveland and was chosen to participate in the prestigious Cleveland Art Song Festival.
Dr. Kim has been praised for his lyric tenor repertoire. His operatic credits include the principal tenor roles in The Tales of Hoffmann, La Bohème, Gianni Schicchi, Don Pasquale, The Merry Widow and many others in the United States, South Korea, Italy and Austria. As an active oratorio soloist, Dr. Kim has also performed in Messiah, Elijah, Creation, St. Paul, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem, Coronation Mass, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Verdi’s Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem and many others. He made his debut on the European stage by performing the role of Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte at the Opera Theatre of Lucca, Italy and later was invited to perform Beethoven’s Mass in C and Bizet’s Te Deum as a tenor soloist in the Varna International Music Festival in Bulgaria. He also appeared at the South Carolina Education TV for the production of Mozart’s Requiem, which he performed again with Augusta Symphony Orchestra, USC orchestra, and finally with USC Concert Choir at the Dürnstein Abbey, Austria. Most recently, he has been invited to perform the tenor solo of Verdi’s Requiem with Dohnanyi Orchestra at the northern cities in Italy, hosted by Varna International. As an equally comfortable singer of art songs, he has been presenting art song recitals with his wife and concert pianist, Dr.Seung-Ah Kim. In 2016, they released a CD, “Romantic Art Songs” featuring art songs by Donizetti, Bellini, Turina, Liszt, Duparc, Rachmaninoff and Tosti. Recently, they have presented recitals at Clemson University, Louisiana Tech University, East Tennessee University, La Sierra University, and many others.
Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke where he coordinates vocal studies and directs University Chorale. At UNCP, he has presented large choral works series with University Chorale including Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Haydn’s Pauken Mass, Dvořák’s Te Deum. Under his direction, UNCP’s auditioned chamber choir, Pembroke Singers, has been actively presenting choral concerts in local area and also had concert tours in Puerto Rico, in May of 2015 and Mexico City in Feb. 2016 and most recently, has been invited to present a concert session at NC ACDA Fall Conference in Oct. of 2017. Dr. Kim is also the Music Director at Hay Street United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, NC. From summer of 2019, Dr. Kim will join in voice faculty at Montecito International Music Festival in Riverside, California. Dr. Kim resides in Fayetteville with his wife and two daughters, Yuna and Angelina.
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