Founder & Program Director, Yakima Music en Acción
Stephanie Lin Hsu is the Founding Director of Yakima Music en Acción (YAMA), Yakima, Washington’s El Sistema program that launched in 2013. Prior to her training through NEC’s Sistema Fellows Program, Stephanie worked as an educator and organizer in the northeast, where she served as a member of the faculty at CITYterm at The Masters School, an innovative lab school in Dobbs Ferry, New York; as an organizer and advisor with Chinatown Youth Initiatives in Manhattan’s Chinatown; and with other social-justice-through-the-arts ventures including the Chester Children’s Chorus and the Chester Education Foundation (PA), and Art for Change (NY).
Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts with High Honors in Educational Studies, Sociology, and Anthropology from Swarthmore College. Her formal music education includes violin studies with William DePasquale, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Peggy Klinger of Hoff-Barthelson Music School, as well as chamber music studies with cellist David Geber and pianist Gerald Robbins of the Manhattan School of Music. Stephanie served as Concertmaster of the New York Youth Symphony in its 41st Carnegie Hall season, and has received awards for her work as an artist and activist, including the Rosengarten String Scholarship through the New York Youth Symphony, Garrigues Music Scholarship at Swarthmore College, and the Edward Said/Audre Lorde Scholar-Activism Award.
Stephanie performs actively in Yakima as a violist of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra; as a co-founding member of La Cantina, an eclectic Latin music group; with Yakima’s Son Jarocho group Cazador; and, of course, with the YAMA Orchestra.
Photo: Linda Wang