Hyunji Kim (Michelle), also known as A s t r o Rh y th m is a twenty-year-old singer from Toronto and South Korea. She is a proud scholarship recipient of Norm Nathan Endowed Scholarship, Berklee College of Music Voice Department Achievement Award, Berklee Achievement Scholarship, Berklee Five Week Summer Program (2008), Bronze Ranker at Kiwani’s Music Festival in Foreign Language Art Songs Category (2009), and Level 9 Certificate holder of Royal Conservatory of Music Canada Voice program.
A classically trained singer with a soaring coloratura voice, a soulful funk, jazz vocalist with a beautiful spin to her timbre, and an aspiring composer is a full-time student at Berklee College of Music, majoring in Voice Performance.
She has performed with many renowned artists such as Grammy Award winning drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, Nona Hendryx (Labelle), Vernon Reed, Nobuo Uematsu; and has recently studied flamenco with her long-time inspiration and multi-Grammy Award winning composer/producer Javier Limón, and has performed with the flamenco great Pepe de Lucía.
Also a 2010 alumnus of Collaborative Arts Project 21 (NYU) Professional Musical Theater Intensive, she has worked closely with distinguished actors and choreographers such as Jan Horvath (Phantom of the Opera, Broadway), Michael Raine (Beauty and the Beast, Broadway; Rent, Japan), Ben Cameron (Wicked, Broadway), Janet Brenner, Aimee Francis, Marshall Keating, Corrie Cooper, Jill Gorrie (AIDA), and Sean Dougherty.
Hyunji (Michelle) is the main vocalist, composer, and a bandleader of her A s t r o Rh y th m Band that she recently formed in January, 2012. She has an infinite interest for cultures, having traveled and lived in many different countries in her childhood, she aims to fuse Korean traditional music with jazz along with other elements of world music to create a colorful mosaic to her sound. She is currently working on her first album which she plans on releasing next year.
Hyunji (Michelle) is always bringing her creativity and spontaneity to the game. She loves being around positive, talented, and open-minded people who inspire her to grow bigger as a person everyday. She believes in the power of intension; and encourages others to believe in their potential.
Experience & Education
Student Ambassador for BerkleeMay 2012 to Present (over 7 years)
The Student Ambassador Program is an honor and volunteer program administered through the Office of Admissions. As a Student Ambassador I have the opportunity to represent the college and share my Berklee experience by participating in Admissions recruitment events.
Lead Singer for Estella Yoon's Senior RecitalJanuary 2012 to Present (over 8 years)
Lead singer for Estella Yoon's Senior Recital. Will take place on March 13th, 2012. 7pm at 1W and July 2nd, 2012 at BPC
Band Leader for A s t r o Rh y th m BandJanuary 2012 to Present (over 8 years)
I am the founder of A s t r o Rh y th m Band. Jazz/World Music. We are currently working on our first song-- a jazz arrangement of one of my favorite Korean folk song called Spring in My Hometown.
Student Representative for Berklee Voice DepartmentSeptember 2011 to Present (over 8 years)
I was chosen as the student representative of Berklee Voice Department to speak and share my experiences to prospective voice performance major students at the Majors Fair with Carl Riley from the Performance Division. Fall '11 & Spring '12. 921 Uchida Loft.
Lead Singer for RENATUSSeptember 2011 to Present (over 8 years)
Lead Singer of my all female band RENATUS, co-founded with singer and my good friend Rocio Mejia. Funk, Jazz, Neo-Soul band. Formed to advocate female empowerment through music.
Background Vocalist for SHARIN TORIBIO for Fresh Prospects: SHARINJuly 2011 to Present (over 8 years)
Background vocalist for Berklee Fresh Prospect: Sharin Toribio (Latin Pop/Folk singer). Performed in various venues including The Prudential Center: The Lunch Session (July 12th, 2011), The Red Room Cafe 939 (July 15th, 2011), more upcoming tours..
Office Assistant for Berklee College of Music Voice DepartmentMarch 2011 to Present (about 9 years)
I am very happy to have been referred by the Voice Department Advisor/Professor Lisa Thorson to work for Sean Kelly at the Voice Department. I am grateful for all these amazing opportunities that help me to grow as an artist, and to get closer to achieving my goals.
Work Study for Berklee College of Music Ensemble DepartmentSeptember 2010 to Present (over 9 years)
Ensemble room monitor, receptionist at the ensemble faculty office
Professional Vocalist for Student Projects/BandsSeptember 2009 to Present (over 10 years)
sing/perform/help with student projects/bands/ensembles. Upcoming shows: vocalist for Omar Gitten's upcoming blues and jazz project. Past experiences: Lead Vocalist for 70's Funk Ensemble; Voice Over Artist for MP&E Voice Talent Project, Vocalist for Ivan Lins Concert demo submission for Boram Han
Flamenco Singer for 2012 Signature Series: Middle Eastern Festival- A Journey Through AndalusiaSeptember 2012 to May 2012 (4 months)
Flamenco singer in the Flamenco Vocal Ensemble directed by my inspiration/ grammy-winning producer/visiting professor Javier Limon. We will be performing at the Middle Eastern Festival on March 12 at BPC with Christiane Karam's Balkan and Middle Eastern Ensemble. Get ready for this epicness.
Singer in Beautiful Songs from Latin America for Berklee Latin Culture Celebration ConcertSeptember 2011 to December 2011 (3 months)
Advanced Latin/Jazz Ensemble directed by Mili Bermejo performed Beautiful Songs from Latin America as part of the Latin Culture Celebration Concert Series
Dancer for The Professional Writing and Music Technology Division ShowcaseNovember 2011 to November 2011 (less than a month)
Performed a dance piece to composer/film scorer Juan Carlos Enriquez's string piece 'Elegy'. Accompanied by Kalistos Chamber Orchestra with guest conductor Francisco Noya. Berklee Performance Center. Nov 7, 2011.
Lead Singer for Berklee Beyond Borders ClubOctober 2011 to October 2011 (less than a month)
Lead Singer of my all female band RENATUS, co-founded with singer and my good friend Rocio Mejia. We were asked to perform for a fundraising event for Beyond Borders Club--an organization formed to spread peace, love, unity through music in orphanages in Dominican Republic.
Dancer for Berklee 9/11 Tribute ShowAugust 2011 to September 2011 (about a month)
I was one of the three dancers for composer/film scorer Juan Carlos Enriquez's beautiful string piece called 'Elegy'. Accompanied by Berklee All Star String Orchestra. Berklee Performance Center.
Cast Member of BB King Showcase for Berklee Collge of MusicFebruary 2011 to May 2011 (2 months)
Liberal Arts Department, Ensemble Department, and the Office for Faculty Development present an original musical 'B.B. King Showcase: Why I Sing the Blues.' With guest artists Nona Hendrix and Vernon Reid. Directed by Rebecca Perricone, Terri Lyne. Carrington, Amy Merrill. April 30 - May 1 at BPC
Listening Committee for Women Musician NetworkJanuary 2011 to February 2011 (about a month)
I was one of the judges for audition submission for the annual Women Musician Network concert.
Vocalist for TUMAINIOctober 2010 to November 2010 (about a month)
TUMAINI- The Power of Music Ensemble led by Prof. Jonathan Singleton. Benefit concert series for music education. Fundraising event for Angelina Mbulo's pursuit of completing her education at Berklee; and to raise money to help achieve her dream of building a music school in Mozambique.
Choir Member for Video Game OrchestraMarch 2010 to April 2010 (about a month)
Anime Boston 2010: New England's Largest Annual Celebration of Japanese Animation, Comics & Pop Culture at the Hynes Convention Center
Cast of AIDA for Berklee College of Music Musical Theater WorkshopJanuary 2010 to April 2010 (3 months)
Ensemble cast member of AIDA--a pop/rock musical theater by Elton John and Tim Rice. Showcased on April 21st, 2010 at the Berklee Performance Center.
Soprano Section Leader for Iroquois Ridge High School Concert ChoirSeptember 2008 to June 2009 (9 months)
Lead choir rehearsals, teach soprano parts to choir members, conduct, manage members
Competitor for Kiwanis Music FestivalMarch 2009 to March 2009 (less than a month)
Won bronze ranking in Foreign Language Art Songs Cateogry at Kiwanis Music Festival
Marching Band for Royal Canadian Air CadetsSeptember 2006 to December 2006 (3 months)
Alto saxophonist for Royal Canadian Air Cadets, marched in various parades
BM in Voice Performance at Berklee College of Music2009 to 2013 (4 years)
Professional Summer Program in Musical Theater at New York University Collaborative Arts Program 212010 to 2010 (Less than a year)
in Accelerated Classical Music History 1 at Royal Conservatory of Music Canada2009 to 2009 (Less than a year)
Certificate in Level 9 Voice Program at Royal Conservatory of Canada2008 to 2009 (1 years)
First Class Honors Certificate in Advanced Theory Rudiments at Royal Conservatory of Music Canada2008 to 2008 (Less than a year)
in Accelerated Traditional Harmony 3 at Royal Conservatory of Music Canada2008 to 2008 (Less than a year)