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Dr. Tammy Yi

Assistant Professor
College of Performing Arts; Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music
Education:
Azusa Pacific University, Bachelor of Music
University of Southern California, Master of Music
Columbia University in the City of New York, Master of Education
Columbia University in the City of New York, Doctor of Education

Biography

Dr. Tammy S. Yi is a violinist, strings specialist and orchestral conductor. She has studied under and performed with top-tier musicians and conductors such as Sean Newhouse, Robert Becker, Marek Szpakiewicz, Maurice Peress, Marin Alsop, Alex Russell and Charles Stegeman. Dr. Yi has conducted youth orchestras, operas and professional symphony orchestras internationally, and she continues to perform, conduct, and compose music in the service of music education for young people.

Dr. Yi brings to the table ample experience in teaching general music, band, choir, orchestra, and jazz band, as well as music technology and classroom violin instruction. Her expertise covers elementary through high school populations. She earned the Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance at Azusa Pacific University while holding both a Dean’s Merit Award and the competitive String Merit Scholarship Award. She proudly served eight years in the Navy Reserves while studying for her Master’s degree in Music and Music Education at the University of Southern California, where she earned official teaching credentials as the recipient of the Ella Fitzgerald and Helen Drake Smetz Endowed Scholarship.

Dr. Yi has accumulated valuable teaching experience in both private and group settings, including founding an award-winning children’s string orchestra in Orange County. That ensemble has since enjoyed prestigious invitations to perform at places like the Segerstrom Center for Performing Arts, Walt Disney Hall, Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Dr. Yi designed an effective curriculum and methodology for string pedagogy for first through third grade classroom violin instruction that was instrumental to the success of that orchestra. After moving to New York City, Dr. Yi built a classroom violin program for third graders at Teachers College Community School in Harlem and a fourth grade mentorship orchestra program; that program has since evolved and been extended to include fourth grade through middle school.

Dr. Yi earned her Doctor of Music and Music Education at Columbia University in New York City where she was a Graduate Research Assistant, violin and conducting instructor at Teachers College and a recipient of the Florence Geffen Scholarship Award. She also mentored in-service music teachers seeking professional certification in music education in New York State. Along with her academic and musical activities, she continues to pursue outreach in the form of scholarly publications and presents her research at ASTA, NAFME, ISME, IMES, CDIME and CMEA conferences. Her articles have been published in several journals and magazines, such as USC Rossier Education Magazine, USC Show and Tell, OC Register, OC Parenting Magazine, TC Today, Tempo Magazine, and the American String Teacher Journal.

Dr. Yi’s dissertation, entitled “Back of the Orchestra: High School Students’ Experiences with Alternative Seating Practices,” sought to “democratize” the orchestra and to create a more inclusive orchestra program. Dr. Yi presents her work on social justice in orchestral pedagogy at music education and conducting conferences around the world, such as the University of Oxford and Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Besides these important activities and initiatives, Dr. Yi is also proud of having founded the First Children’s Orchestra of Harlem while serving as the Conductor of the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Orchestras, which provided a platform on which she explored issues related to multiculturalism and social justice through orchestral pedagogy practices.

Prior to her appointment at Chapman University, Dr. Yi was an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Arizona specializing in string education, democratic classrooms, creativity, and social justice while serving as the Conductor of the UA Philharmonic.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Yi, Tammy. (2019, March). High School Students’ Experiences With Alternative Seating Practices. Conference presentation at the American String Teachers Association, Albuquerque, NM.
Yi, Tammy. (2019, March). Women in Music. Guest Speaker at the Tau Beta Sigma Speaker Series, Tucson, AZ.
Yi, Tammy. (2019, February). Randomization and Its Benefits in the Orchestra. Conference presentation at the Tucson Unified School District Teacher Education Workshop. Tucson, AZ
Yi, Tammy. (2019, June) Social Justice and Orchestra Education. Conference presentation at the International Music Education Summit. Online.
Yi, Tammy. (2019, August) Conducting for Social Justice: Ensemble Seating. Conference presentation at the Oxford Conducting Institute, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Sydney, AU
Yi, T. S. (2019, October) Social Justice in Ensemble Performance, Faculty Research and Creative Expo, Chapman University. Orange, CA
Yi, T. (2019) Exclusive Society vs. Diverse Teaching Force. Manuscript submitted for publication.
Yi, T. S. (Conductor). (2019, February 22) Philharmonic Orchestra. Live performance in Crowder Hall at the University of Arizona. Tucson.
Yi, T. S. (Conductor) (2019, March). TUSD Advanced Honor Orchestra Festival. Live performance at Catalina High School. Tucson.
Yi, T. S. (Conductor). (2019, May 1) Philharmonic Orchestra. Live performance in Crowder Hall at the University of Arizona. Tucson.
Yi, Tammy. (2018, November). High School Students’ Experiences With Alternative Seating Practices. Conference presentation at the National Association for Music Education. Dallas, TX.
Yi, Tammy. (2018, October). Social Justice and Alternative Seating. Conference presentation at the Music Education Colloquium of the Fred Fox School of Music, University of Arizona. Tucson, AZ.
Yi, Tammy. (2018, September). Alternative Seating Practices with Secondary Ensembles. Conference presentation at California Music Educators Association Southwestern Division. Azusa, CA.
Yi, Tammy. (2018, September). Practice for Social Justice: Alternative Seating in the Orchestra. Conference presentation at the String Symposium of the American String Teachers Association Arizona Chapter. Tucson, AZ.
Yi, Tammy. (2019, August) Conducting for Social Justice: Ensemble Seating. Conference presentation at the Oxford Conducting Institute, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Sydney, AU
Yi, T. S. (Conductor). (2018, February 20) New York Chamber Orchestra. Live performance at Carnegie Hall. New York.
Yi. T. S. (Conductor). (2018, April 4) Winner of Worldstrides Boston Orchestra Festival. Live performance. Boston.
Yi. T. S. (Conductor). (2018, April 21) Winner of Worldstrides New York Orchestra Festival. Live performance at Riverside Church. New York.
Yi, T. S. (Conductor). (2018, April 21) First Children’s Orchestra of Harlem. Live performance at Riverside Church. New York.
Yi, T. S. (Conductor). (2018, May) Manhattan School of Music Precollege Orchestra. Live performance at Riverside Church. New York.
Yi, T. S. (Conductor). (2018, October 11) Philharmonic Orchestra. Live performance in Crowder Hall at the University of Arizona. Tucson.
Yi, T. S. (Conductor). (2018, November 30) Philharmonic Orchestra. Live performance in Crowder Hall at the University of Arizona. Tucson.
Yi, T. S. (Conductor). (2017, December) Manhattan School of Music Precollege Orchestra. Live performance at Manhattan School of Music. New York.
Yi, T. S. (Conductor). (2017, March) Chamber Orchestra Gold with Distinction Award. Live performance at New York University. New York.
Yi. T. S. (Conductor). (2017, April 11.) Winner of Worldstrides Washington D.C. Orchestra Festival. Live performance in Loudoun Valley Estates. Washington D.C.
Yi, T. S. (Conductor). (2016, April) New York State Music Middle School Orchestra Gold Award. Live performance at New York University. New York.
Yi, T. S. (Conductor). (2015, January 11) First’s Orchestra of Harlem. Live performance at Bronx Botanical Gardens. New York.
Yi, T. S. (Conductor). (2015, April) First Children’s Orchestra of Harlem. Live Performance at Riverside Church. New York.
Yi, T.S. (Conductor). (2014, April) Winner of Worldstrides Anaheim Festival Orchestra Competition. Live performance at Fullerton College. Orange County.
Yi, T. S. (Conductor). (2014, April) HOPE Children’s Orchestra. Live performance at Segerstrom Performing Arts. Orange County.
Yi, T. S. (Conductor). (2014, April) HOPE Orchestra. Live performance at Segerstrom Performing Arts. Orange County.
Yi, T. S. (Conductor). (2014, April) Children’s Orchestra of Orange County. Live performance at Carnegie Hall. New York.
Yi, T.S. (Conductor). (2014, April) Winner of Worldstrides Anaheim Festival Orchestra Competition. Live performance at Fullerton College. Orange County.
Yi, T. S. (Conductor). (2014, April) HOPE Children’s Orchestra. Live performance at Segerstrom Performing Arts. Orange County.
Yi, T. S. (Conductor). (2014, April) HOPE Orchestra. Live performance at Segerstrom Performing Arts. Orange County.
Yi, T. S. (Conductor). (2014, April) Children’s Orchestra of Orange County. Live performance at Carnegie Hall. New York.
Yi, T. S. (Conductor). (2013, April) Winner of Festival of Gold Orchestra Competition. Live Performance at Segerstrom Center of Performing Arts. Orange County.
Yi. T. S. (Conductor). (2013, October) Children’s Orchestra of Orange County. Live performance at Richard Nixon Presidential Library. Orange County.
Yi, T. S. (Conductor). (2013, November 11) HOPE Orchestra. Live performance at John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center. Washington D.C.
Yi, T. S. (Conductor). (2012, April) Winner of Worldstrides Anaheim Orchestra Festival. Live performance at Fullerton College. Orange County.
Yi, T. S. (Conductor). (2012, April) Winner of Festival of Gold Orchestra Competition. Live Performance at Segerstrom Center of Performing Arts. Orange County.
Yi, T. S. (Conductor). (2011, April) Winner of Worldstrides Anaheim Orchestra Festival. Live performance at Fullerton College. Orange County.