Lin, Sheng-hsin, D.M.A
“I feel I was born to play music. When I was 5 years old
I was singing and performing on the stage. I enjoyed the
feeling of sharing my joy and having fun with the audience,
which also helped me win my first competition. I know
music is what I want to do for the rest of my life. It is all
about sharing love and passion for people.”
Educational Background/ Accolades
Lin earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in Clarinet Performance from the University
of North Texas (UNT) under the tutelage of Professor John Scott and held a Teaching Fellow position from 2010 to 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from National Kaohsiung Normal University (NKNU) in Taiwan and a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from Indiana University at Bloomington, where she studied with James Campbell.
She was awarded First Prize of Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition (Chamber Music category), the first place at the Taiwan Arts Cup Competition, a winner of the Concerto Competition at the NKNU Music Department
for her performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, and the Tainan Young Musician Competition. Other accolades include, the Music Merit Award, the Earl O. Bates Scholarship, and the Dean’s Scholarship from Indiana University at Bloomington.
She also won the George and Sandy Papich Chamber Music Scholarship, the Marceau
C. Myers Memorial Scholarship, along with Woodwind/Percussion Scholarships.
She is also the semi-finalist of Sherman/Barsenti Inspiration Award and the winner
of Toulouse Graduate School Travel Grant from UNT.
Lin is an active performer in varies musical genres and styles. She has performed in numerous venues locally and internationally.
Born in Tainan, Taiwan, Lin seeks to use her clarinet as a method to build friendships among people from different cultures and origins. She has performed in Taiwan,
Hong Kong, China, Mexico, and the US. She has served as the assistant principal clarinet of both the Tainan and Chi-Mei Symphony Orchestras in Taiwan.
As a passionate musician, Lin participates in various ensembles and performances.
She was invited by the Hong Kong Government as a guest soloist and she performed
the Scott McAllister’s Freebirds at Hong Kong City Hall. Some of her important appearances include clarinet and guitar duo recitals with Mexican guitarist Eduardo Mendoza-Santiago at La Casa de la Cultura Azcapotzalco and Hospital General de
Zona, la Razael Auditorio; a lecture recital presenting Taiwanese folk music at El Colegio Azcapotzalco in Mexico City, and Trio Indiana Concert (IU Faculty Chamber Concert/Bernard Portnoy Memorial Concert).
In addition to her traditional clarinet repertoire, Lin enjoys contemporary works and has premiered many Taiwanese compositions. Noteworthy performances include Dr. Paul SanGregory's Clarinet Concerto "After Hours." Dr. Sansan Chien’s Dolly's
Family for solo clarinet at the International Conference on Musical Arts and
Pedagogy in National Pingtung University of Education, Taiwan, Dr. Chien’s
Overture to Medusa as the clarinet soloist with the NKNU Music Department Orchestra, and Tsen-Ling Lin’s The Memory of Clarinet, Interactive Music for
Clarinet and Computer. While at UNT, she performed with the Center for Chamber Music’s Graduate Woodwind Quintet, the Symphony Orchestra, North Texas Wind Symphony, NOVA (New Music Ensemble), and has participated in Center for Experimental Music & Intermedia (CEMI) Concerts.
Besides her love for the clarinet, Lin is also passionately engaged in arranging music
in various genres and styles, including classical music, jazz, contemporary music, Chinese traditional, folk and popular music. She has arranged for Dallas Philharmonic Choir, UNT Chinese Ensemble, the Menagerie Multicultural Ensemble project,
Jovian Chamber Project, Greater Dallas Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce and Taiwanese Association of America-Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter.
Lin participated in a series of recording projects and has performed at the national conferences of symphonic bands and ensembles such as World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) and College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) under the direction of Eugene Corporon with the North Texas Wind Symphony. She was also the principal clarinetist in UNT Symphony Orchestra in 2010-2011 conducted by David Itkin.
She is currently the concertmaster of Dallas Asian Wind Ensemble. Her recent
project include the upcoming performance in 2020 ClarinetFest®️ in Reno, Nevada,
and performances with Menagerie Multicultural Ensemble, which was founded and managed by Lin in Denton, Texas (USA) since 2014.
Educator and Clinician
Lin is an educator and active clinician in DFW metropolitan area. She is currently an adjunct faculty of Tarrant County College. She has been awarded the position of Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas. As a Teaching Fellow, she taught private clarinet lessons and chamber music to undergraduate jazz studies,
performance, and education majors.
Strange Monsters: A Music & Words Collaboration (2016, Peter Brewer Studio)
GIA WindWorks : Reconstructions (2013), Conclave (2013), Audibles (2013),
Voicings (2013), Encryptions (2011), Genesis (2011), Revelations (2011), Ciphers (2011), Karel Husa (2011), Archetypes (2011), Musings (2009), GIA
Teaching Music Through Performance in Band Volume 7&8 (2011 & 2009, GIA Publications), Eugene Corporon, conductor, with North Texas Wind Symphony.
“Eugene Rousseau with the UNT Symphony Orchestra: Saxophone Concertos by Larsen, Baker, Tomasi” (2011, Jeanne, Inc) with saxophone legend Eugene
Rousseau and the UNT Symphony Orchestra.