Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Hsin Yi Lin

An Outstanding Islander

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A Winning Voice

Although Dr. Hsin Yi Lin is 8,000 miles away from her family, the soprano opera singer has found a home at the Island University, where the ocean waves and warm breezy weather remind her of growing up in Taipei, Taiwan.

In just a few months, the assistant professor of voice has made a name for herself in the College of Liberal Arts. After joining the University faculty last fall, Lin was awarded the grand prize at the 2012 Metropolitan International Vocal Competition in New York City. There, she competed against singers from Australia, Austria, China, Japan, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States. As the grand prize winner, Lin, will make her Carnegie Hall debut as a featured artist at the Metropolitan International Music Festival Gala Concert during the 2012-2013 season.

Lin, who has received numerous honors including the 2011 Chi Mei Arts Award, is constantly looking for ways to improve her skills so students can look up to her as a role model.

“I can’t stop learning,” said Lin, whose opera music engagements range from Baroque to contemporary. “I’m always looking for the next opportunity. Receiving the award helps prove that I’m not only a good teacher, but a good performer. My mission is to teach students that they can reach their full potential to be the best singers they can be.”

Before signing up for voice lessons in high school, Lin learned to play piano at age 6, and the violin four years later. Growing up, she spent her weekends surrounded by musicians and singers at her uncle’s music store in Taipei.

“When I started singing, I realized it was the best way for me to express my passion for music,” said Lin, who can sing in French, Italian, and German languages.   

Lin earned a Bachelor of Music from the National Taiwan Normal University, and received dual Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy from New England Conservatory of Music; and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

She said, “I want my students to know that all their professional and personal goals can be achieved by harnessing their creative energy with hard work and dedication.”
 
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