You may be hard-pressed to find someone as busy as Yunjin Audrey Kim is these days.
The 32-year-old lives in Rochester but routinely branches out to teach vocals and music — and perform — throughout central New York.
What ties her to this area is her role as the director of music at the United Methodist Church in Geneva. She started there in November.
However, it is something else entirely that is raising her profile these days: The much anticipated musical making its world premiere tomorrow in Rochester. Kim is the musical director for “Two Tickets to Paradise: The Eddie Money Musical.” Its five-day opening run goes through Sunday at the Kodak Center.
Money was one of the first rock-and-roll musicians to take advantage of the MTV generation, performing songs that made ideal vehicles for video presentations. When he was at his peak, Kim was an infant living in her native South Korea. Her family moved to the United States when she was 15.
Given her age, and her background in classical music, the project would seem like a challenge. For Kim, though, it was something she was ready to jump into with both feet.
I stopped at the United Methodist Church Sunday. She was leading the choir and also playing the organ. She also is proficient in playing some brass instruments and the piano; she noted that her mother also has a strong music foundation.
The element that is Kim’s biggest strength is her voice. It’s been good enough to have allowed her to grace the famous stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City, where she made her debut performing the songs of Russian composer Nikolai Medtner.
Kim’s training was shaped by her years at James Madison University and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester. At the latter, she earned a master’s degree in vocal performance and literature.
I started this piece by mentioning how busy Kim’s life can be.
She chairs the…