The Winner of Phantom Singer 3 and the Legendary Tenor, Yoo Chae-hoon
The tireless, passionate journey to achieve his dream
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Hanyang University’s college of music has been a home to numerous influential musicians in South Korea. Yoo Chae-hoon (Department of Voice, '07) is also a proud alumnus of Hanyang and a famous tenor. His singing gained media coverage in Trot X, Who Does Better, and most recently, Phantom Singer 3, the TV audition show where Yoo won the championship on July 3, 2020.
Entering the Department of Voice
Yoo found his dream to become an opera singer thanks to his middle school teacher who, after seeing him perform as a vocalist for the school band, recommended that he major in opera. Following the recommendation, he was later accepted to Pohang Arts High School, where he continued to hone his opera singing skills. His unique strength of not being afraid to perform on stage and fearlessly challenging high pitches positioned him as the top student when he entered Hanyang University.
Yoo recalled Hanyang University as “where he found his musical roots.” During his university life, which was full of practices, lessons, and lectures, he said he thought it was "the coolest thing" to leave the practice room as the last out of all his friends. His most remarkable memory was staying until 10:30 p.m. every day when the practice room closed.
Phantom Singer 3
In April 2020, his singing shone in the music audition TV show the Phantom Singer 3. In the show, Yoo was complimented as the tenor who could perfectly cover all genres of music, earning him the nickname of "the legendary tenor."
When asked which stage was the most memorable for him during the audition, Yoo picked the final stage during which he sang The Rose. “I sang of my intention to devote myself to the love and attention my fans have given me,” said Yoo. Ending the show and taking first place with 200,000 text votes and 150,000 online votes, Yoo said he had never imagined winning, and wanted to take this opportunity to yet again thank all his fans for cheering for him through the final stage.
Yoo is currently preparing for the Phantom Singer gala concert and its tour schedules. Also, La Poem is anticipating an album release in September. As for the future roads of his younger colleagues in the Department of Voice, Yoo said he would like to advise them that “students need to never give up and give everything their best efforts.”
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