★Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Ted Mann Pianist Scholarship (only one pianist per year)
Teaching Assistant (for music major, group/private classes)
With Supporting Program--
Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy
★Master of Music in Piano Performance
New England Conservatory, Boston, MA
Graduated with Academic Honors
★Bachelor of Fine Arts in Piano Performance
Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
Moscow Conservatory of Music, Russia
Yamaha Music Scholarship
Tzu-Chi Arts Scholarship in Piano
" I still remember the times when I first came to you when I was six years old. Seven years have passed. During that time, I had so much fun and really enjoyed having you as my teacher. I will remember the times when I finished a song; when I had my first piano recital and all the different songs I learned eventually getting harder and harder. Now that I think back to all the talent shows I did and all the great jobs I got from people, I realize that all the credit should really go to you. If you haven't been my piano teacher, I might not have played piano and might have given-up..."
~from student Austin W.
" Thank you for coming to my graduation performance and helping me with my rehearsal. I wouldn't be able to play as good as I do without your support and faith in my ability..."
-from student Cullen M.
" My daughter started her piano lesson with Yvonne and stayed with her for 4+ years until she moved out of our area. Even after she left I occasionally contacted her for advice on my daughter's ABRSM 7 exam. Yvonne is terrific! Patient, encouraging, knowledgeable but also made sure her stays on top of her practicing and improving. Yvonne knows how to nurture my daughter's growth in music, bring out the musicality from her. I am truly amazed at the progress my daughter made, not only on piano skills, but also on theory, music appreciation. It is always pleasant for me to talk to Yvonne. She is flexible and caring, a great teacher. I can't recommend her enough!"
~from Jane S.
" Yvonne is by far one of the best piano teachers we've had. She taught both our sons for 3 years, and they LOVE her! It's not that she's easy on them. She has high expectations, but she teaches them to enjoy music and to express themselves through music. She is extremely dedicated. When my elder son was preparing for the ABRSM exam, she spent endless hours preparing with him, above and beyond any teacher/tutor I've seen. As an enrichment, she took extra time to take the kids to multiple operas. She held regular master classes to challenge her students in performance to music theory. She has moved out of our area, and we miss her dearly. But we know other children will get to benefit from this wonderful piano teacher!!"
~from Karen H.
" Yvonne is one of the most important teachers I’ve had. I learned far more than I ever thought I would. Even though these were just elective lessons, I think it was my most important course. … She was very honest and gave me a lot of extra help..."
~from student Andrew Pokorny, PhD 2014, U of Oregon
" I enjoyed this class and I loved the instructor! She made me want to come, provided a relaxed environment, was patient and really cared about my learning. I would definitely take another class she was teaching."
~from Mus 1051-5, U of M
" Yvonne is great! I wish she wasn’t leaving so I could take applied lessons with her! I like how she focus’ on trying to make music instead of just concentrating on notes. She is very supportive of all students no matter what level they are at."
~from Mus 1152-3, U of M