Sunday Recital Features French Horn Student

TAMIU Student Recital
Features French Horn Student

Kiki Lin
Chia-Ying “Kiki” Lin

French horn players may soon flock to Laredo if Chia-Ying “Kiki” Lin is any indication of the caliber of musicians enrolled at Texas A&M International University. Lin will perform a recital Sunday, April 19 at 4 p.m. in the TAMIU Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Admission is free and open to the public.

“I am the first student to give a French horn recital at TAMIU,” revealed Lin.

Lin is an exchange student from Taiwan’s Aletheia University and is the first student to major in music performance, French horn,

“Sometimes I get confused because everybody speaks Spanish, but it is good for me to learn more about various cultures. I’ve had a lot of fun and it’s just like heaven because people are very friendly and enthusiastic. But the weather here is super hot,” Lin admitted.

“It has been a pleasure to have Kiki as a student in our department. She is delightful and adds vibrancy to the department,” praised Bede Leyendecker, chair, Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

“This program seemed like a good opportunity to learn western music in America with foreign teachers,” Lin said.

She is one of a handful of French horn players at the University.

“The French horn is a very popular instrument because of its many uses. In the orchestra, it can be heard playing soft, voice-like melodies as in Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony and a second later play extremely technical and loud passages. In Kiki’s recital, the audience will notice many of these qualities of horn performance in a solo recital,” explained Lyle G. Perkins, Lin’s French horn instructor.

“The French horn is a very demanding instrument and requires hours of intense practice. Kiki has been a very dedicated student and has taken on a very challenging recital program,” Perkins added.

Lin spends two to three hours daily honing her French horn technique in addition to attending other concerts and performances.

She credits her parents, teachers and friends for her dedication.

“My parents have always given me infinite support as well as my teachers and friends. Their support is what has pushed me to pursue music and the arts,” she said.

Lin started playing the French horn when she was in middle school in Taiwan and also plays the piano.

She said she plans to continue her education in the U.S. and pursue a graduate degree in music business management or performing arts management.

“At the same time, I’ll keep my performance career on the French horn,” Lin added.

For more information, contact Leyendecker at 326.2649, bleyendecker@tamiu.edu or visit offices at CFPA 217C.

University office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

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