Beom Joon "Brian" Kim

2020 ECLC Excellence in Language Studies Award Recipient


 "I majored in Economics and Italian Studies; and although I studied different subjects, I want to be an opera singer after graduating Emory. With my love and passion for singing and personal enthusiasm for the Italian operatic repertoire, I have studied Italian language and culture with Dr. Simona Muratore for the past four years. I would like to thank Dr. Muratore for her guidance and support throughout my life at Emory. Furthermore, I recall that my experience in Italy during the Summer Study Abroad program was amazing and was very helpful for understanding Italian culture. I have been accepted to several music conservatories including Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and am currently trying to decide where to start my life as a singer." 

It has been a pleasure working with such a dedicated and passionate student. You demonstrated curiosity and passion about Italian culture since day one and you were able to really experience and enjoy it during our program in Bologna, very glad you could come with us. You will be missed.  Congratulations on completing your Italian Studies and Economics and Math Majors!

- Simona

Carissimo Brian, It was such a joy to spend time with you in Bologna. You were an amazing part of the program and I’ll never forget that magical visit to Pavorotti’s house with you. Thank you for suggesting we go there and thanks for all you shared with us during the program. We will miss you! Much love and congratulations!

- Christine