Hailed as "splendidly command[ing]" (South Florida Classical Review) and a "versatile [and] fearless performer" (Opera News), Kimberly Soby brings an exquisite balance of beauty and intelligence to her vast repertoire.
Recent seasons included performances as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel with Magic City Opera, the soprano solos for Handel's Messiah with both Master Chorale of South Florida and New Presbyterian Concert Series and Saint-Saëns' Christmas Oratorio with Spire Concert Series. Additionally, she has sung as soprano soloist in Haydn's Kleine Orgelsolomesse with Florida's Singing Sons and the Lynn Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, and several performances with Nu Deco Ensemble, including as a backup artist for both Ben Folds and Kishi Bashi. She performs recitals throughout the greater Miami area with her ensemble, Tesserae Collective.
A new music specialist, Kim premiered and performed works throughout the New England and the Greater Miami areas, frequently collaborating with living composers. She originated the role of Flavia Taste with the Boston-based experimental opera company Guerilla Opera in their world premiere production of Rudolf Rojahn’s Bovinus Rex. She appeared in many more world and New England premieres with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, New Music Brandeis, Florida International University, among others. She can be heard as a soloist on Thomas Sleeper’s album, Einstein’s Inconsistency, released on Albany Records, on Juraj Kojs’s release on Centaur Records, Ceaseless Beauty, and, on Naxos, American Music for Percussion, vol. 2.
Teaching experience includes an appointment at Nova Southeastern University where she was a Visiting Professor in Voice. She also taught many years as an Adjunct Professor at New World School for the Arts in Miami, Florida, a magnet arts high school and college conservatory, where she worked in both the musical theater and music departments.
Developing her own curriculum each semester, her courses included Music Theory; Diction for Singers; separate courses of French, German, and Italian for Singers; Vocal Literature, and Applied Voice. For the 2020-2021 academic year at UConn, Kim leads discussion sections for Popular Music and Diversity in American Society.
As a pianist, Kim has worked as musical director at both New World School of the Arts and Actor's Playhouse in Coral Gables, FL. She is in demand as a coach and accompanist, working throughout the greater Miami area, and has worked as an accompanist for students at University of Connecticut and New England Conservatory. She has also held many music director positions in churches in New England.
She attended University of Connecticut for her undergraduate degree where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance in 2007. She then matriculated to New England Conservatory where she earned dual Masters Degrees with Academic Honors as the sole recipient in 2010 of the Master of Music Degree in Opera Studies. As part of this degree program, she was hired as an Opera Fellow with the now-defunct Opera Boston where she covered and performed a diverse array of challenging, non-traditional repertoire.
Her passion for educating young audiences also brought her to Florida Grand Opera as a Teaching Artist in their Cadenza program, bringing classical music and opera to underprivileged children throughout greater South Florida. Additionally, she performed for three seasons with Young Patronesses of the Opera’s In School Opera Tour.
Returning to her home state of Connecticut, Kim is a Ph.D. student in Music Theory and History at University of Connecticut where she resides with her precocious cats Molly McGee and Taco Larry Gato. Her research interests include contemporary chamber music, the intersection of feminist theory and music, and the changing look of orchestras and opera companies in the 21st century. Non-musical interests include the beach, tacos, and making messes in kitchens. She is reading her way through all of the Pulitzer Prize winning novels and roots feverishly for UConn basketball. Kim continues to maintain her private voice and piano studio through the wonders of technology.
For information about private study, please visit: www.sobyvocalstudio.com