Drum & Percussion
Connor has a deep connection with music. To continue learning the art of music and production, he applied and was accepted to the Berklee College of music for their master's program in Music Production, Technology, and Innovation. Connor explored all avenues of music production including recording, music video production, projection mapping, sound synthesis, sound design, and all industry-standard software programs.
Prior to obtaining his Master's degree, Connor taught Introduction to Music Technology and developed a new course entitled Musical Elements at the University of the Pacific. Connor developed a passion for music education and a belief that he needed to give back to the music community that had given him so many opportunities. He teaches individual piano, guitar, drum, voice, bass guitar lessons and has developed a ukulele program for students ages 8-12 as well as group.
Dr. Yi-Hsuan Lin earned his Master of Music degree in Percussion Studies from New York University and Professional Studies Diploma degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with the prestigious principal percussion of the San Francisco Symphony, Jack Van Geem. In 2015, Dr. Lin earned his doctoral degree in Percussion Performance from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied with Ricardo Flores and William Moersch. Specializing in marimba playing, his doctoral thesis is on the unique six-mallet marimba techniques in selected works.
Dr. Lin’s concerto experiences include Alfred Reed’s Concertino for Marimba and Ming-Shong Li’s Chinese Drum Concerto with the school orchestras in Taiwan (2005 and 2007). As a soloist, he has performed numerous recitals and has been active in orchestra and ensemble performances. Recently, he was invited to perform Steve Reich's marimba ensemble work, Six Marimbas, with the San Francisco Symphony members for celebrating the composer's 80th birthday at Davies Symphony Hall. Dr. Lin had participated in various music festivals, such as Nancy Zeltsman Marimba Festival (2010 & 2015), Keiko Abe Marimba Academy (2013), and SoundSCAPE (2014). In 2007, he won the first prize in the percussion category of Taiwan Music Competition.
In addition to performing, Dr. Lin enjoys teaching as well. Having plenty of experience coaching percussion ensemble and teaching private lessons, Dr. Lin recently teaches percussion lessons and group class in the bay area. His teaching philosophy is to make music enjoyable to students at all times! His wish for his students is to not only gain musical knowledge but also to feel the joy and peace which music brings to them.