photo : Thomas Li

about soomin


Composer Soomin Kim loves to explore gray areas of human emotions through her music. Soomin received the 2019 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award with her chamber ensemble piece titled “conjunctions.” She was also the composer-in-residence with the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra during their 2017-18 concert season, for whom she wrote a 9-minute orchestra piece titled “The Blue Marble.” Her work has also been featured at the 2017 Alba Music Festival, 2018 Norfolk New Music Workshop, 2018 soundSCAPE Festival and the 2018 Young & Emerging Composers Project of the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. At Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she studied under the tutelage of Stephen Hartke, Soomin completed a variety of music ranging from solo and small ensemble pieces to orchestra pieces; her recent work “The Fairy and The Woodcutter” was performed at the 2019 Commencement Recital as well. Soomin holds a BM in Composition from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and is pursuing a master’s degree in composition at Yale School of Music starting Fall 2019.


In addition to composition, she is actively engaged in teaching as well; she has been teaching composition lessons to Oberlin students and community members since 2017. She tutors music theory and aural skills to Oberlin students under Oberlin’s tutoring program as well. Soomin is a co-founder of a women, trans and non-binary composer collective called the KOI Collective at Oberlin which promotes and celebrates the marginalized voices of contemporary classical music through collaboration projects and outreach initiatives. The collective recently received the Flint Initiative Grants to spend three weeks at Arts Letters & Numbers artist residency collaborating with Oberlin performers on a four-part suite for piano trio during the month of January, 2019.