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Instruments: Voice
Styles: Classical, Folk, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera

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Jade L In Studio
Instruments: Voice
Styles: Classical, Folk, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera

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Ages Taught: 15-55
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
PGD/MM. The Juilliard School of Music, Voice & Opera MM, Temple University, Voice & Opera BM, Ewha Woman's University in Korea, Voice & Music Education
Awards:
2013 - Classical Music Concert of "Haunted House Projects" by White Columns & Rainer Ganahl, a visual artist at El Mundo Theatre in NYC 2012 - American Cancer Society's Fundraising Gala Concert, as a Guest Singer in Flushing, NY 2010 - Haiti Benefit Concert at Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center, NYC 1986-2008 - The title role of Madama Butterfly with Arizona Opera, Nevada Opera Association in Reno, Nevada Opera Theatre in Las Vegas, OperaDelaware in Wilmington, DE, Sarasota Opera in FL, Westchester Lyric Festival in NY, Chattanooga Symphony Opera in TN, Brooklyn Opera society in NY, Choong-Bouk Opera in S. Korea The videotape of Interview for "Focus on Women" on Cable Vision in Long Island, NY, has been preserved at the Schlesinger Library of Harvard University. ("Women of the 20th Century in America") Awards - Fritzl Jokl-Siegel Memorial Scholarship in Voice, graduated with honors from The Juilliard School of Music. The Raymond Hubbell Music Scholarship from Temple University. A winner of the Artists International Young Musicians Competition in NYC, as Award, I gave my debut recital at Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall in NYC As a Guest Teacher Artist, I gave my recitals and Masterclasses for Voice Students at Winthrop College, Rock Hill, SC, Hiram College, Hiram, OH, Porto Alegre Music College, Porto Alegre, Brazil, and Voice Coaching in S. Korea. I gave numerous recitals and concerts with the orchestras in the States, Switzerland, Belgium, Korea.
Overview:
I am a soprano who has trained in voice and opera. I earned my Post-Graduate Diploma with honors from the Juilliard School of Music, a Master of Music Degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a Bachelor Degree in Voice and Music Education with honors from Ewha Woman's University in Seoul, South Korea. A native of Seoul, Korea, where I received my early musical training. I earned widespread critical acclaim for my many fine performances with opera companies across the United States, in Europe and in S. Korea. I was mostly noted for my portrayal of Cio-Cio San, appearing in the role for two seasons in six years with the Arizona Opera in Tucson and Phoenix, with Nevada Opera Theatre in Las Vegas, Sarasota opera in Sarasota, FL, Nevada Opera Association in Reno, NV, The Westchester Lyric Festival in White Plains, NY, Opera Delaware in Wilmington, DE, Brooklyn Opera Society in NY as well as with Choong-Bouk Opera in Korea. Highlights of my career include recitals in U.S. cities such as Philadelphia, Washington D.C., St Paul, Princeton, Wilmington and New York City as well as in Busan, Korea, Porto Alegre, Brazil and Brussels, Belgium, as well as special concerts on Great Opera Arias in Switzerland and for the Holiday Dinner Concert at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Recently, she was invited to perform the operatic aria, “Un bel di” from Madama Butterfly and a Russian song by S. Rachmaninoff for the benefit concert for Haiti at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City. (www.theworldwater.org – “Water for Haiti” Benefit Concert) On June 14, 2012, as a Featured Artist, performed at the Fundraising Gala Dinner of the American Cancer Society-Asian Initiatives in Flushing, NY. I was personally invited to give a guest performance of Madama Butterfly for the Master Class of Madame Licia Albanese at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. A taped version of my very first "Madama Butterfly", produced by the National Educational Television Network and the Brooklyn Opera Society, was aired on local PBS television in the New York Metropolitan Area. Recently, I was featured as a guest on Focus on Women with Florence Rapaport on Cable Vision in Long Island, NY. The tape of this appearance has been preserved at the Schlesinger Library of Harvard University (Women of the 20th Century in America). I was also on Good Morning America on ABC in Philadelphia, as well as on a Korean television show and on Manhattan Cable TV in New York City. As a guest soloist, , I was invited to perform with Pyongyang National Philharmonic Orchestra during “The 27th Spring International Art Festival” in Pyongyang, N. Korea with a Gold Prize Award as an excellent artist, with Busan Civic Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chung-Ju Civic Orchestra in Korea, and the Hollywood Wilshire Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles, CA. For the Haiti Benefit Concert in Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center in March 2010, I performed as a vocal soloist with a group of internationally renowned and active musicians who are the alumni of the Juilliard School of Music. As a Featured Artist, I was invited to perform for the American Cancer Society’s Fundraising Gala Concert in Flushing, NY in June 2012 PRESS REVIEW “As a singing actor, Lim knows Puccini’s tunes and harmonies are why we care about Butterfly ... Lim gives melody everything we want to hear ... To avoid an artificial Butterfly requires a great deal of art by Lim ... Lim’s solo voice is expressive and thoroughly musical, never diving over the edge but piercing us with each of Butterfly’s momentary moods. Maintaining a dignity that’s not rigid ... Lim colors each step precisely.” Gazette Journal----Reno, Nevada “Certainly much of its effectiveness is due to the personal charm and authentically Oriental presence and grace of gesture and movement of the Korean singer, Ok-Ja Lim. Her small person houses a surprisingly large, perfectly focused lyric soprano voice of a very individual quality. Particularly fine in the upper range, whether fortissimo high B-flat of the “Un bel di” in the second act, her voice never lost its focus or its full, round quality. Her portrayal of Cio-Cio-San coupled with a childlike propriety with a flirtatious submissiveness over a core of steel, at once captivating while commanding sympathy and respect.” Sarasota Herald Tribune----Sarasota, Florida “The long-awaited and anticipated Butterfly was beyond our expectations ... never such a “Madama Butterfly” as this, Ok-Ja Lim, a girl from South Korea, whose liquid voice and acting ability were so natural, so superb. She was truly “Madama Butterfly” ------for real!” The Longboat Observer----Florida “Performances in this production are uniformly outstanding. Of particular note is Ok-Ja Lim as Madama Butterfly ... Vocal capacity and stamina, sense of dramatic action and overall creation of the environment are most supremely demonstrated by performers.” Arts in Our Town----Sarasota, Florida “Ok-Ja Lim-Superb as Butterfly, Miss Lim’s mastery of this difficult role is a marvelous achievement. Such music from this woman who must be about ...?” Pelican Press----Sarasota, Florida Giacomo Puccini Would Have Been Delighted! “All the elements have come together on a top-quality level; Ok-Ja Lim’s voice is extraordinary, true, strong and warm. Add the inimitable charm of her movement, and you have found the ideal of what Cio-Cio San should be.” The Music Scene by Herman Baar, The Longboat Observer----Florida “An exquisite Madama Butterfly, in the person of soprano Ok-Ja Lim, makes Giacomo Puccini’s opera a delight to see and hear.” Sarasota Herald----Sarasota, Florida “Opera singer and honorary co-chairman, Renata Scotto , applauded the performance and commented on the high calibre of the production with special kudos to Ok-Ja Lim’s portrayal of Madama Butterfly.” New York Medical College----White Plains, New York “Soprano Ok-Ja Lim is a Butterfly of the very highest calibre ... She’s simply wonderful; a strong, warm, effortless soprano, a major voice just waiting to be discovered, I have yet to see or hear a more beautiful Butterfly.” Bright and Early with Gregg Whiteside, WQXR, New York Times -New York City “Somehow the Sarasota Opera has managed to find a fragile and delicate Butterfly who dramatizes the vulnerability of the character. Furthermore, she actually looks Oriental. That’s because she really is Oriental. She is Korean and her name is Ok-Ja Lim.” Critic at Large, Eyewitness News----WTOG TV, Ch. 44----Sarasota, Florida “Puccini’s Madama Butterfly was particularly effective was due in great part to the personal charm, authentically Oriental presence, and grace of gesture and movement of Korean soprano Ok-Ja Lim and to the fact that her surprisingly large, perfectly focused lyric soprano voice never lost its full round quality.” Opera Canada - Canada “In such a production, Cio-Cio San cannot be a withering blossom, and Korean soprano Ok-Ja Lim was not. She has a full, almost mezzoish voice, stronger in the middle and lower register, and she used it to portray a woman who is worldly wise, even a bit tough at the age of 15.” St. Petersburg Times ----St. Petersburg, Florida “Miss Lim still makes the most adorable and enchanting Butterfly I have ever seen, and the most authentic never a more impressive characterization. She even manages to create the illusion of a 15-year-old girl on stage. Miss Lim, who is Korean, is an appealing actress in addition to being an excellent singer. She looks the part to perfection and is completely charming.” News Journal ---- Wilmington, DE “Petite Ok-Ja Lim, a native of Korea and an alumna of Temple University’s opera program, portrayed the ill-fated Japanese heroine with close attention to the role’s dramatic possibilities; her singing matched her acting in intensity.” Philadelphia Inquirer ---- Philadelphia, PA “Miss Lim’s singing and acting were fantastic. Her voice was powerful and resilient in her flawless portrayal of Cio-Cio San prepared to end her life. There was hardly a dry eye in the theater.” Tucson Citizen ----Tucson, AZ “The season’s Butterfly, adorable Ok-Ja Lim, gave her seamless spun-gold soprano to Puccini; first with exquisite pathos for “Turandot”, then simmering in the all-too-short “Chi il bel sogno di Doretta” from “La Rondine.” Sarasota Herald Tribune ----Sarasota, Florida “Miss Lim was at her best in four Rachmaninoff works sung in Russian. She was able to let her voice out in an operatic manner, and the big phrases had a line and dramatic power. The voice has an instrumental timbre with a touch of hardness that is very effective at full strength.” The New York Times ----New York, NY “Delightful is the best way to describe Miss Lim in the “trouser” role of Oscar. She cavorted across the stage while trilling her voice and elicited lots of laughter, especially when snatching the wig from the head of a pompous judge ...” Chattanooga Times ----Chattanooga, TN
EXPERIENCE
I am a positive and very challenging voice teacher and vocal & acting coach with my love and devotion to cultivating the hidden potentials in students who are not yet able to aware what they have the innate musical gift by nature with sensibility. As a professional singer, I have been performing in opera, concert and in numerous recitals with major regional opera companies and at music colleges in the United States as well as abroad. I am confident that my professional experiences as an active performer, as an Operatic Voice & Acting Coach over twenty years in New York and as a guest artist/teacher I was invited to Winthrop College in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio and Porto Alegre in Brazil to perform recitals and to conduct Master Classes for the voice students and young professional singers. I value student diversity and I am particularly sensitive to issues of voice and identity. I encourage students and performers to embrace and expand upon their sense of individuality. I would be an excellent fit for the opportunity, to cultivate the gifted students to the fullest with a flexibility of healthy singing as true artists. Also, I served as a judge for the Vocal Artists Competition by the New Jersey Alliance of Performing Artists (affiliated with the New Jersey State Opera) in Newark, New Jersey. I believe my experience and track record make me help the voice students who will discover themselves with joy and growing confidence to express themselves freely through singing. Singing is joyful and rejuvenating in mind and body! In addition, I have taught piano for beginner and intermediate in the past and as a conductor/soloist of church choirs over 15 years in New York City. I am looking forward to having new students with passion, desire, and patience to accomplish their goals and dreams in a healthy way of joyful singing and love to share with the community people and worldly people as well, as the Musical Ambassadors for the Peace on Earth.
METHODS USED
For the beginners or advanced students, I let them sing freely with their own selections first to learn about their vocal instruments. Then I explain the basic vocal techniques how to vocalize with humming and why it is necessary to warm up with the humming with my own demonstration for them to understand how to produce singing sound with the feeling of sensation in body to sing freely as a singing-actor with the clarity with the pure vowel sounds, A E I O U in a basic Bel Canto singing technique of the continuation of the vowels. The clarity of lyric diction in any languages is rudiment for the singers. Also, I show them how to maintain the breath control economically for a healthy singing. "The sound is the compression of the air and the diaphragm is the support for the breath." I have been through the misinterpretations about the breath controls by the diaphragm, with many other teachers and singers in the past. We all have our own unique vocal instruments and we have to train our minds to picture of our sensitive vocal cords' healthy functioning by nature. We all have a tendency to be against nature. it is very important to find the right voice teachers for ourselves like finding the right physicians for ourselves who are able to help our problems and to learn about our body by nature. For the selections of song and operatic arias, I let the students select for themselves at first and I will advise them to try out the appropriate selections of song and arias for them to develop their ability to feel comfortable to sing with joy and accomplishments eventually. It is very important for the students to perform in public to learn how to communicate with people by singing on the stage and at the various venues. I encourage them to plan to perform as often as possible with their growing confidence and love for singing in public.
LESSON STYLE
As a voice teacher and vocal and acting coach, my mission as a teacher is to entice the learners’ enthusiasm, to promote positive learning practices, and to provide a strong musical foundation, which will benefit each individual student. Music and art education, along with stellar educators, is fundamental to the development of individuals aspiring to advance their potentials. From the dawn of humanity, music existed as an inspiration to conscious beings. As a musical educator, I am able to harness the qualities of music to entice students to learn more about the history and the future of music and to advance their natural talents. I guide my students in accessing the meaning and structure of language through a variety of textual idioms. They develop facility in identifying imagery, operatives, and rhetorical structures and use them as tools with which to unlock specific, personal meaning in the delivery of both heightened and vernacular text. The study of vocal production, articulation, semantics, and syntax follows a logical, developmental progression that allows the artist finally to let go of technique and focus on the pragmatics of communication: identifying objectives, impulsively choosing tactics based on moment-to-moment sensory experience, and effectively acting in relationship with others. I value student diversity and I am particularly sensitive to issues of voice and identity. In the process of identifying personal habits of vocal use, I encourage students and performers to embrace and expand upon their sense of individuality. I teach speech skills acquisition from a kinesthetic and descriptive basis rather than an arbitrary linguistic standard, in order to respect the individual and focus on what is fundamentally useful to the artistic process— “the ability to adapt”. My role is to add to a student's repertoire of skills, not to diminish the student's sense of what is appropriate or possible on stage. By explicitly addressing both the objective facts of vocal production and the subjective nature of vocal experience in my teaching, I help the students to free themselves to learn in a way that suits the individual situation. Learning outcomes in my teaching are both practical, in terms of healthy and expressive vocal production and encouraging students to “have a voice” in their own lives, in the studio and on the stage as well. Through physical practice and by the information of various other forms of voice and bodywork, I guide students toward increased physical self-awareness, freedom of breath, relief from tension, and ease of production of healthy singing from the heart. What a joy to watch my students progressing technically, musically and emotionally with growing love for singing simply with joy and some of them with the ambitions and dreams in the tough music world to compete and to struggle to reach their goals in the future.
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