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 where I teach violin, chamber music, a gen-ed course on BIPOC and Women composers, and music business.

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

Here is my short professional bio

With a comprehensive background as a pedagogue, Dr. Timothy Yip has dedicated many years to instructing students at all levels. Before moving to New York, he had taught violin in the San Francisco Bay Area for over a decade and has provided coaching and adjudication for regional student orchestras. Timothy’s expertise has contributed to the success of numerous students, including top-place winners in both regional and national competitions. Additionally, Timothy has been adjudicated in New York for competitions hosted by MTNA and the Crane School of Music.

In his pursuit of a well-rounded skill set, Timothy ventured into the field of business and entrepreneurship. He pursued business studies at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, San Jose State University (where he earned his MBA), and Harvard Business School Online. His diverse experience includes establishing an award-winning private studio, assuming administrative responsibilities at the Division of Diversity at UW-Madison, managing operations of youth symphonies in the Bay Area, leading teams in the software development space, and playing a key role in the launch and support of multiple top-grossing mobile applications.

Timothy attended UCLA, UW-Madison, Indiana University (where he served as a teaching assistant to Mimi Zweig), and the St. Petersburg Conservatory. To learn more about Timothy, please visit timyipviolin.com.