Tyler-Minseok Kim of South Korea came to CFS as a 9th
grader after graduating from middle school in Georgia. His brother, Jooyoung, recommended the school, in particular former English teacher Mr. Stout and longtime choir director Mr. Gress. "My brother moved on to another school after his freshman year, but he remembered the community as an enriching place; I still remember him playing his CFS Choir CD from 2012 and singing along the tenor line of "Brothers, Sing On!" before I even knew I was a tenor.” Tyler, a part of the choir’s CFS Singers a cappella group and a choir officer, will attend the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, next year, where he plans to study sacred music/music education. "
Before CFS, I sung in my praise band at my church's Youth Group and mostly rock and pop music for my family and friends; choir music wasn't quite my passion yet. I sadly missed my chance of heading to Carnegie Hall by a year, but during my first year of choir, I remember working my socks off to join CFS Singers and get the highest scores possible in regular choir; I remember listening to choral tracks whenever and wherever: while working out, getting somewhere in the van, sleeping ...y ou get the point. But this passion for music and Mr. Gress' impeccable pedagogy and resilience toward our choir made my passion for choral music grow year by year to the point where I went to choir camp for my last two summers. If it wasn’t for Mr. Gress, I would’ve never even found this passion for myself."
Tyler has certainly thrived in choir. He has competed in chorus festivals at District, Regional and State levels, been part of the All-Eastern Chorus Ensemble and qualified for All-Nationals Honors Ensemble. “CFS has an excellent community where people care about you. Everyone is struggling together, so we build this camaraderie which you can't quite put into words. The school calls that brotherhood, but I like to differ since I feel it even among the adults of the community. This definitely made me realize that I am not alone and helped me carry on. I'm certain this skillset of being able to empathize and relate to people will take me far.”
Says his advisor, Mr. Gress, “Tyler is an affable, caring young man who can easily lighten up a room with a kind or encouraging word. His growth as a singer ranks toward one of the top in my time here, as proven by being the first CFS student to be accepted into National Chorus as well as to Boston University’s prestigious Tanglewood High School Summer Institute. I am very excited for Tyler attending Westminster Choir College (Rider University) this fall and am eager to see his musical talent develop and mature even more.”