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Lizzie Shelly ’13

Soyoun Lim Chun

Soyoun Lim Chun is an exciting soprano with an exceptional voice. Equally comfortable in opera as she is on a recital stage, as well as performing with an orchestra as she is within a chamber music setting, she was appointed as the Assistant Professor of Voice at Bethel College in 2006. She has received her doctorate degree with honors at University of Kansas, the master’s from the New England Conservatory, and bachelor’s from Seoul National University, as well as having participated in masterclasses at the famed Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.

Soyoun has performed with Piu & Piu Opera in Seoul, Korea and at Wichita Grand Opera. Her recital appearances include a series at French Cultural Institute in Seoul, Korea, a tour of Guatemala and performances on the renowned Cantata Singers Recital Series in Boston.

One of the cornerstones of Soyoun’s repertoire is a little known single-act monodrama by Francis Poulenc, La voix humaine, a tour de force for a singer who is on stage continually for 45 minutes, which she has recently sung to critical acclaim. In addition, she has performed works in extremely diverse genres and styles, from early music (Carissimi’s opera Jephte and Pergolesi’s oratorio Stabat Mater), to romantic-era and contemporary (Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Ned Rorem’s song cycle Nantucket Songs, along with many other works in between.

Soyoun regularly appeares as a soloist with at Bethel College’s Masterworks series, in works such as Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Vespers and Verdi’s Requiem.

Born in Seoul, Korea, Soyoun lives in Lawrence, KS with her musician husband Peter and two children, Suzy and Jake.