About

Praised as “nothing short of amazing,” Xin Yin (Amy) is recognized as an up-and-coming force in percussion performance and pedagogy. Hailing from Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, Amy has made notable appearances at the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention, Internasonal de Percusion (Columbia), and the International Saxophone Symposium.

 

Amy passionately shares her expertise with students of all levels as the Visiting Assistant Professor of percussion at Western Carolina University, where she mentors a studio of 24 outstanding percussionists. Before joining WCU, she was an adjunct instructor at Mitchell Community College and Alamance Community College. At UNCG, Amy was nominated for the 2023 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Associate award from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Her teaching contributions include co-directing the UNCG Percussion Ensemble for their PASIC showcase 2021 and serving as Interim Associate Director of the UNCG Percussion Studio in spring 2022.

Committed to enriching her community through music education, Amy has taught at various institutions, including East Forsyth High School, UNCG Music Summer Camp, Salvation Army Carolinas Music & Arts Conservatory, Ryan High School, and Baylor University Summer Music Camp. She has also presented clinics and performances at notable venues like UNC-Chapel Hill, Coker University, Purdue-Fort Wayne, SUNY-Potsdam, and the Mid-Western Region Orchestra Clinic.

Amy’s performance history includes collaborations with esteemed orchestras such as the Beijing Ballet Orchestra, Shenzhen Orchestra, Los Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, and Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra. Her standout performance includes the Timpani concerto, Raise the Roof, with the UNCG Wind Ensemble at the 33rd Carolina Band Festival. Composer Gene Koshinski praised her solo performance of Homage to KJ as “excellent,” while Gordon B. Stout described her playing as “truly wonderful.” 2018 Amy performed the duet Into the Air with composer Ivan Trevino, who fondly recalled their collaboration.

Amy’s journey in percussion education has been shaped by esteemed 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 dedication has earned her numerous scholarships and awards, including the Boston Conservatory Talent Scholarship and the Nancy Zeltsman Marimba Festival Scholarship. She received the President’s Excellence and Larry Vanlandingham scholarships at Baylor University. Currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at UNCG, Amy has been honoured as a “Minerva Scholar,” the highest recognition for a doctoral student.

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.

Amy is proudly endorsed by Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets and serves as an elected member of the Percussive Arts Society International Committee.

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