Jonathan Kim is a DMA student in choral conducting at the University of Arizona,with a doctoral minor in vocal pedagogy. A native of Los Angeles, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance at the University of California,Irvine, where he won multiple vocal competitions including NATS, Young Musicians Scholarship, and Opera 100. He’s sung with Opera Pacific, and has been a guest artist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.
Jonathan pursued a master of sacred music degree in choral conducting at the University of Notre Dame. He conducted multiple ensembles including the Notre Dame Chorale, Notre Dame Celebration Choir, Notre Dame Handbell Choir, The South Bend Chamber Singers, and was the chorus master for the Notre Dame Opera Program. He has also been featured in a conducting masterclass at the 2012 Midwest ACDA Convention. He also conducted in master classes with professional choirs, Seraphic Fire, and Conspirare.
At the University of Arizona, Jonathan has conducted the University Singers, Kantorei, Honor Choir, Recital Choir, and was the chorus master for the Opera Program. For his Graduate Assistantship, Jonathan served as conductor of the Collegium Musicum. He was also featured in the 2014 Chorus America’sChoral/Orchestral master class in New York,and the 2014 ACDA master class in Santa Barbara. His conducting mentors are Dr. BruceChamberlain, Dr. Elizabeth Schauer, Dr. Carmen Tellez, Dr. Tom Merrill, Dr.Nancy Menk, and professor Joseph Huszti. He has studied voice with Dr. Andrew Stuckey, professor Grayson Hirst, professor Patrick Goeser, and has worked with professor Horst Günther, Rodney Gilfry, professor Martin Katz, and professor Graham Johnson.
Currently, Jonathan is in his second year as the Artistic Director of Tucson Masterworks Chorale. He is also the Assistant Director of the professional choir, True Concord (formerly, Tucson Chamber Artists), as well as the Director of Music at Catalina United Methodist Church in Tucson. Jonathan is thrilled to be joining the Chorale and continuing its rich tradition of performance excellence.