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Praised as being “no[thing] short of amazing,” Xin Yin (Amy) is recognized as an up-and-coming force in percussion performance and pedagogy. 

 

Originating from Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, Amy has garnered recognition across Asia and the United States, leaving her mark at prestigious events such as the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention, Internasonal de Percusion (Columbia), and the International Saxophone Symposium. Her performances extend to collaborations with esteemed orchestras, including the Beijing Ballet Orchestra, Shenzhen Orchestra, Los Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, and Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra. A recent highlight includes her captivating rendition of the Timpani concerto, Raise the Roof, with the UNCG Wind Ensemble at the 33rd Carolina Band Festival.

 

Highlighted as a soloist, Xin’s rendition of”Homage to KJ garnered high praise from composer Gene Koshinski, who lauded her performance as “excellent” and expressed profound admiration, stating, “I can’t tell you how much I love that.” Further acclaim followed from Gordon B Stout, who characterized her performance as “truly wonderful in many ways,” emphasizing that the lead marimba part played by Xin was “nothing short of amazing.” In 2018, Xin seized a memorable opportunity to perform the duet “Into the Air” with its composer, Ivan Trevino. Reflecting on the performance video, Ivan shared his sentiments, stating, “(it) reminds me how awesome it was to play music with Amy Xin Yin. I like playing with Amy so much. I even learned the marimba 1 part.” 

Amy’s journey in percussion education has been enriched by guidance from distinguished mentors, including Sam Solomon, Nancy Zeltsman, Doug Perkins, Todd Meehan, Ivan Trevino, Edward Taylor, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Ed Smith, Paul Rennick, Jose Aponte, Stockton Helbing, Eric Willie, and Peter Zlotnick. Her accolades helped her to receive recognition for many scholarships and awards. As a student at the Boston Conservatory, she received the Boston Conservatory Talent Scholarship as well as the Nancy Zeltsman Marimba Festival Scholarship. With further undergraduate training at Baylor University, she received the President’s Excellence and Larry Vanlandingham scholarships. As a Teaching Assistant for her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, Amy was named a “Minerva Scholar,” the highest recognition for a doctoral student. 

In her role as a Teaching Assistant pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, Amy has been honored as a “Minerva Scholar,” the highest recognition for a doctoral student. She has imparted her knowledge to students of varying skill levels, serving as an adjunct instructor at Mitchell Community College and Alamance Community College. Currently a Graduate Assistant at UNCG, she was nominated as the 2023 annual Outstanding Graduate Teaching Associate of the UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts. Amy’s teaching experience also includes co-directing the UNCG Percussion Ensemble for their PASIC showcase performance in 2021 and serving as Interim Director of the UNCG Percussion Studio in the spring of 2022.

 

Amy’s commitment to education extends to her role as a private instructor, with teaching assignments at UNCG Music Summer Camp, Salvation Army Carolinas Music & Arts Conservatory, Ryan High School (Denton, TX), and Baylor University Summer Music Camp.

As a globetrotter, Xin expresses gratitude for the transformative power of art, having studied and performed in 11 countries. Beyond her musical pursuits, she showcases her creativity as a Chinese-language writer, contributing the article “These Crazy Musicians” to the study-abroad advising book My U.S. Study Journal, published by the University of Science and Technology of China Press.

Proudly endorsed by Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets and serving as an elected member of the Percussive Arts Society International Committee, Xin Yin (Amy) continues to shape the landscape of percussion artistry and education with her exceptional talents and unwavering dedication.

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