Berklee Student

Youngji Seo

Berklee Student
Hand Percussionist and Pianist for Latin, Jazz, World Music 
Boston
Member since 2009

About Me

YoungJi Seo, born in Bundang, South Korea, started playing classical piano at the age of 6 and have been playing for church since she was 10. She began her college education at a theological seminary to become a music minister, however, decided to focus on music itself. After graduating from Seoul Jazz Academy, one of the best contemporary music institutes in Korea, for Jazz Piano program, she played piano for the U.S ARMY Air base of Korea for 2 years. Also as the main concert pianist, she performed at the Church of Seoul National University, United Presbyterian Church of Seoul, and appeared with many different gospel music groups. Moreover, she performed with a musical team at KBS, the biggest national television station in South Korea. Despite her busy schedule performing, she moved to Boston, MA leaving everything behind to extend her musical training at the prestigious musics school, Berklee College of Music. Even though piano was her first instrument, she discovered her talent and passion for percussion. Then she jumped into the whole new world by switching her principal instrument at Berklee to percussion. Due to her immense improvement on percussion, also as the only Korean female hand percussionist at Berklee, she has been in demands for many concerts and recitals in the East Coast area. She performed at the Singer’s Night at Berklee Performance Center, toured with different groups of musicians to Chicago, DC, NYC etc. Having Korean traditional drumming background from high school, She has been collaborating Korean traditional drums with Latin, Jazz, Gospel, and World Music as new territory for a new genre.

Experience & Education

Current

  • Percussionist for Grace's Band for Percussionist for Grace Sings Grace
    March 2012 to Present (over 5 years)
  • Percussionist for Percussionist for Sam JC Lee Jazz Orchestra
    November 2011 to Present (over 5 years)
  • Percussionist and keyboardist for Percussionist and Pianist for True Worshipers12
    August 2011 to Present (over 6 years)
  • Percussionist for Citylife Boston Church
    January 2011 to Present (over 6 years)

    playing percussion in the Children's Ministry

  • Main Performer - Jango,Buk for MIT Korean Traditional Drumming Team
    February 2010 to Present (over 7 years)

Past

  • Special Guest from Berklee for Percussionist for MIT Wind Orchestra
    March 2011 to May 2011 (2 months)
  • Keybordist for U.S Army Band in Korea
    October 2006 to November 2008 (over 2 years)

    Played Piano/Keyboard at the U.S Army Air Base in Korea

  • Teaching for H.W. Music Institute
    February 2004 to November 2008 (over 4 years)

    Teaching Piano and Harmony for Children (age 7 to 12), and Youth group (age 16-18)

Education

  • BA in Professional Music at Berklee College Of Music
    2009 to 2012 (3 years)
  • in Piano Performance at Seoul Jazz Academy
    2006 to 2007 (1 years)