APEX, North Carolina – Chris Yoo, an Apex father-of-three, woke up early on Monday and turned on the TV to watch his son sing at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in London.
Caleb, 12, lives and studies in fifth grade at Westminster Abbey Choir School.
The choir school is attached to Westminster Abbey, where Caleb performs nightly for the public with his choir.
Caleb, who sings and plays piano, violin and viola, was only 8 when he moved to London. His father said his preschool and kindergarten teachers noticed Caleb’s talent when he attended the Montessori school in Morrisville.
“I was very grateful to the teachers who saw his talent and determination,” Yoo said. “When we saw this talent in him, we encouraged him to apply, and he was accepted.”
Caleb was recognized this year by his teachers as valedictorian, or head boy, for successfully completing his music and college education while performing community service.
Yoo, who was awake and ready to attend the Queen’s funeral at 5.30am on Monday, couldn’t hide his pride.
“Just watching the event was absolutely amazing…in and of itself, but also seeing that my son was part of it was a proud moment for a parent,” he said.
Yoo explained that Caleb and his peers in the choir have been training for Monday’s service since the Queen’s death. Even their studies were interrupted as London prepared for the event.
Yoo said Caleb’s voice is maturing and he will soon be leaving the Westminster Abbey Choir. Caleb is currently auditioning for several schools in England.
Yoo and his wife see their son several times a year.