I am a violinist and teacher based in Potsdam, New York. I began my studies at age four at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City. I moved to California and studied with Byung Woo Kim, concertmaster of the San Jose Symphony. Later, I went on to study with Mark Kaplan, Movses Pogossian, Guillaume Sutre, David Perry, and Aaron Rosand, and Mimi Zweig.

I studied violin abroad with two great teachers, Alexander Kirov in Moscow and Anatolly Davidovitch Reznikovsky in St Petersburg. I also studied chamber music with cellist Igor Gavrish.

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I researched Suzuki pioneer John Kendall for my doctoral project and was given an award for my research. I was able to secure several grants to study about Kendall through his physical archive. In Madison, I was able to assistant teach Music History. I learned a lot under the guidance of professors and master instructors, David Crook and Charles Dill, both of who are now retired. While at UW, I also was a program manager at the Division of Diversity and supported many students of color on the UW campus. The thing I miss the most about Madison was biking on the bike paths and being able to see the lake.

I moved to Indiana to work with Mimi Zweig, a well known pedagogue in the field of string education. I completed a performer’s diploma at Indiana University Bloomington, where I helped teach at the IU String Academy. In Bloomington, I also worked at Fairview Elementary School teaching violin group classes.

Currently, I am on the violin factly at SUNY Potsdam in New York.

Throughout this journey, many of my students have found success in meeting their musical goals, whether it is getting into college, entering an orchestra, participating in a competition, or learning for personal enrichment (See Student Achievements). I have felt very happy to see them pursue and achieve great things in and outside of music.


Music Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate, Performer’s Diploma, and MBA

Dorothy Delay Symposiums for Violin Teaching, The Juilliard School
St. Petersburg Conservatory, Certificate, and Moscow Conservatory international program, Certificate
UW-Madison Teaching Academy
UW-Madison Active Teaching Labs
Aaron Rosand Intensive Violin Program
University Workshops: Coaching and Developing Others, Teaching Character and Creating Positive Classrooms, and many others
MBA with an emphasis on developing people and organizations

Professional Bio

Dr. Timothy Yip has performed throughout the US and has had music collaborations with Anne Akiko Meyers, Richard O’Neill, Guillaume Sutre, Stuart Canin, Mark O’Connor, and Antonio Lysy. Tim has a comprehensive background as a pedagogue, having been involved in the instruction of students at all levels over many years. Many of his students have won orchestra leadership roles and competitions. Students of his have gone on to study at programs such as Stanford, USC, New England Conservatory, Indiana University, and Manhattan School of Music. He is a skilled administrator and served at the Division of Diversity at UW-Madison, where he was awarded the Diversity Innovation Award for his exploration and performance of music by black composers. He also was awarded grants for his research on the Suzuki Method pioneer, John Kendall. Tim studied at UCLA, UW-Madison, St. Petersberg Conservatory, and Indiana University where he was a teaching assistant to and a student of Mimi Zweig. His other principal teachers were Guillaume Sutre, Movses Pogossian, Mark Kaplan, Aaron Rosand, and David Perry.