Crystal Soo Jeong Kim

Name: Crystal Soo Jeong Kim
Voice type: Soprano
SFS Chorus member since: 2015
Hometown: Seoul, Korea
Music schools I attended: San Francisco Conservatory of Music (PGD, MM), Han Yang University (BM)

Began singing: At age 11

Musical inspirations: My aunt who graduated from Juilliard and is now a professor in Korea. After hearing me sing at a family party for a new year's celebration, she approached me and started giving me private lessons.

If I were not a professional singer, I might be a: A geologist. That was the only other interesting subject to me throughout school. Or maybe a wedding planner, I recently realized I don't get stressed while planning or decorating.

Favorite composers: Puccini, Mozart, Beethoven, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky.

Favorite vocal works: Puccini's La Boheme (I tear up every time I listen to it), Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, Mozart's Exsultate, jubilate and The Magic Flute, and Handel's Messiah.

This season, I am really looking forward to: Performing Handel's Messiah and Mahler's Resurrection symphony.

Most memorable SFS performances: Joshua Bell's Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis.

When I’m not working, I enjoy: Spending time with my fiancĂ© and memorizing music. I love walking and getting sunshine. Also sipping coffee or wine in bed.

Recent reading: The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch

On my CD player/iPod: Maria Callas, Mirella Freni, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Fritz Wunderlich.

Favorite things to do in the Bay Area: There are so many places to go in the Bay Area! Walking, hiking, exercising, and trying delicious food and boba tea.

Anything else you'd like to share? I feel honored to sing in the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and am very excited to share the music with other wonderful musicians. I would like to sing from my heart and hope I can bring wonderful music to the audience. This journey is thrilling!