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MM, Westminster Choir College, Voice Performance and Voice Education MM, Han Yang University, Seoul, Korea, Music Performance BA, Han Yang University, Seoul, Korea, Voice Performance
Tenor Role for Opera Opera ‘William Penn’ (July 2009) Freehold NJ Opera ‘Chunhyang’ (May 2009, 2011) Princeton NJ Mozart’s Opera ‘Magic Flute’ (May 2000, April 1993) Philadelphia PA Hong’s Opera ‘Wedding Day’(Sep.1986) Seoul Korea Mozart’s Opera ‘Bastien Und Bastienne’(Oct. 1979) Seoul, Korea Tenor Soloist for Church Music Duboi’s Oratorio Seventh Last Words (April 2012) Haydn’s Oratorio Creation (May 2006) Handel’s Oratorio Messiah (Dec. 2005) Mozart’s Great Mass (May 2005) Handel’s Oratorio Messiah (Dec. 2004) Rossini’s Stabat Mater (May 1998) Mendelssohn’s Oratorio Elijah (June 1997) Handel’s Oratorio Messiah (Dec. 1996)
My name is Ki C. and I graduated with a Master’s in Music from Westminster Choir College where I majored in voice performance and voice pedagogy. My extensive training and experience as a voice teacher has helped me develop a variety of voices including those of men, women, young adults, and children. As a voice pedagogy major, I trained in voice theories ranging from the tradition of Bel Canto to modern scientific method and have continuously developed my teaching method throughout my career.
Most recently, I worked at Chun University as a voice department faculty and I taught two voice classes and two choral programs. Students improved their individual performance ability greatly with my voice pedagogical method in one semester. In 1994, I founded the Albert Conservatory, where I taught voice lessons for over 21 years to students of all ages. There I established the teenager choir and using my voice training plan the choir accomplished a beautiful sound. My focus with any student is to raise and strengthen their voices with breathing techniques and to teach them how to prevent damage to vocal chords.
I am an experienced choral conductor, too. At Westminster Choir Collage, all programs are related to choral music. Unlike many conductors who look for well-trained singers, I enjoy working with amateur singers and take the opportunity to develop their skill. After twenty-five years of conducting, I have extensive experience building beginner’s voice to professional level for chorus and teaching members how to achieve high quality harmony. My experience as a voice performer include appearances in several operas such Magic Flute, La Traviata, and Chun Hyang. I have also performed oratorios such as Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation and many other sacred music.
My love for music is heavily influenced by church where I learned my first songs before going to preschool. At church I gained much of my musical knowledge such as instrument ensemble, choir, and voice technique. Actually, my career began as a children’s choir conductor at church. As a performer, this influence may show in my appreciation for oratorios, which I also believe inspire a more academic approach to singing. I have been giving voice lessons both in class and privately for more than twenty-years. My lessons are based on my knowledge of voice pedagogy and is backed by scientific research. Much of what I teach is also used by notable singers and teachers.
As a teacher, my preference is to combine the traditional and the modern voice method because beginners may have difficulties applying the modern scientific method alone. The traditional method provides a simpler language that facilitates students’ understanding. While the traditional method offers simple phrases, if it is not paired with scientific explanations, students can go in a wrong direction. Therefore, I like to combine both methods in my voice lessons. For example, breathing technique is the most important part of singing and I always tell students that breathing methods depend on the proper use of the diaphragm. But they cannot understand this sentence because they do not have good awareness of their diaphragm at this point. Therefore, I prefer to use music for diaphragm exercises using some traditional methods while explaining the science behind the exercise. After learning breathing techniques we study other skills such as resonation, registration, articulation, and much more.
Many students engage in daily and rigorous voice practice believing that the more they practice, the better they will sound. My philosophy is that not only is such practice time-consuming, but also harsh and abusive to your voice, and will lead to disappointing results. I like to first teach my students how to become acquainted with their voices and gradually teach them singing exercises. Recently, I achieved excellent results in my voice classes at Chun University. My class begins with basic voice technique utilizing two Italian songs that students learn together. Students are individually coached throughout the course and by the end of the semester they are ready to perform solo.
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