Yoo Seul-gi's Vocal Music and Career
Yoo Seul-gi of the Department of Vocal Music
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Yoo Seul-gi of the Department of Vocal Music (’10), whose life has been associated with music since the age of four, embarked on his journey of pursuing his career as a vocal singer when he was in middle school. Recently televised through an audition program called Phantom Singer, Yoo drew public attention with his singing abilities and his record- graduating Hanyang University as valedictorian and being the vocal trainer of the famous singer Yoon Min-soo after graduating. The alumnus is looking forward to making vocal music more popular and approachable, as well as becoming a renowned vocal singer himself.
Yoo on Phantom Singer
After finishing his military service in 2015, Yoo was considering of going abroad for further studies on vocal singing. However, circumstances were not too favorable for him to do so, despite his avidity and eagerness. An alternative option that provided Yoo with what he wanted was the audition program Phantom Singer, which gave him an opportunity to let the public hear his voice. While on air, he performed the music titled ‘Granada’, through which he gave a message: since this song possesses both smooth and tough sensations, Yoo wanted to demonstrate that he is able to manifest both facets at the same time. “It is hard for a soft person to look strong and vice versa. By performing this music, I wanted to show that I have my own unique feature, a mixture of both aspects,” remarked Yoo.
▲ Yoo performing 'Granada' on Phantom Singer
“Among a big group of voices, it is essential for me to sort out my own voice, knowing what my best part is,” explained Yoo. In this context, Yoo regards himself as his own rival, distinguishing his voice from the others’. Winning to the final round of the audition, Yoo is determined to make each stage memorable and impressive to the audience, not focusing too much on the outcome.
When Yoo was a freshman, he did not think he had a talent for singing. However, on his very first vocal test, he was evaluated as the best student among his peers. It was from that moment that Yoo pushed himself to work harder and do his best, which he did by practicing until late at night every day throughout the six years of his university life. “It is undeniable that people with innate abilities have different starting points and more advantages. Yet I strongly believe that if one has the passion that supports that confidence, they can acquire such a talent,” said Yoo. "While I was at university, I was taught by Professor Kho Sung-hyun, one of the most eminent baritone singers of Korea. I could say that there are traces of his teachings in my singing,” he added.
Coaching the famous singer Yoon Min-soo on vocalization is also Yoo's notable task. He became the vocal trainer of Yoon through an acquaint composer who offered Yoo the place. Yoon had never received vocal training before but he insisted on getting lessons from a vocal musician, since vocal music centers on vocalization when producing sounds, signifying considerable help to a singer.
“I want to make vocal music more friendly to the public. Compared to popular music, vocal music may feel distant from people, being somewhat unfamiliar to them. Through television programs like Phantom Singer, I hope vocal music draws more attention and becomes more receptive,” noted Yoo.
Jeon Chae-yun firstname.lastname@example.org
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