2018 Summer Retreat Artist Interview: Joyce Yin

 Photo credit: Nancy Hall

Photo credit: Nancy Hall

During our annual retreat, we work closely with a select group of artists to sing, brainstorm and clarify career goals, unwind, and have fun. Core Artist and Co-Founder Joyce Yin will lead this year's resume and bio workshops and will sing in the SVAN Summer Classical Series and a private house concert. Read on for our interview with her!

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August 13th @ 7:00pm

Mayfield Presbyterian Church

22 North Main St

Mayfield, NY 12117

Presented by the Sacandaga Valley Arts Network. Admission: $12 General Admission; $10 SVAN Members; Free for those under 18 years.

Joyce, we're excited to have you for this year's retreat! Tell us a bit about yourself: who are you, where you’re from, and what you do.

I'm from Cupertino, California, and I currently live in Washington Heights in northern Manhattan. During the day I work at NYU as an administrator managing the class schedule of 18 programs and troubleshooting registration problems. I'm also the Artistic Director and a Core Artist of Cantanti Project.

 Euridice, 2018. Photo credit: Lucas Godlewski

Euridice, 2018. Photo credit: Lucas Godlewski

How did you get into singing?

I got into singing after I "borrowed" my parents' Phantom of the Opera Original London Cast Highlights. I can't remember why I picked up that particular CD, but I was hooked after listening to it and then graduated to the complete recording and knew every single word. It was life-changing. 

What other pieces of music have been life-changing for you?

Hamilton. I actually listed to it on the car ride back from our first Summer Retreat back in 2016. The car rental company had messed up our reservation so we were crammed into a very cool but slightly small car. It could have been pretty uncomfortable, but the company was good (our first group of Retreat singers), and plus we listened to Hamilton. I was captivated by the storytelling, the characters, the music, the lyrics. For me, this show challenged and overturned so many stereotypes about history, race, culture, art, and music, and it gave me a fresh appreciation and hope.

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What else have you been up to this summer?

This summer, my boyfriend and I went to London for six days! It was a pretty big adventure for us: neither of us had been abroad in years, and it was also our first big trip together. We had such a great time and are already talking about going back next summer. 

Any favorite sights or moments?

One of my favorite moments was exploring the dome in St. Paul's Cathedral. There are three galleries: one is inside the dome and two are actually outside. The views from the two outside galleries are spectacular. Another highlight was the Handel and Hendrix museum, which is located in the two next-door apartments that Handel and Hendrix lived in (about 600 years apart, of course!). There was a rehearsal going on while we were there, and it was pretty cool to hear the harpsichord playing as we walked through Handel's home. 

Oh and afternoon tea! Having afternoon tea might actually have been my favorite thing out of the whole trip...

 The view from St. Paul’s Cathedral

The view from St. Paul’s Cathedral

 Hanging out with actors at the Tower of London.

Hanging out with actors at the Tower of London.

 Handel and Hendrix Museum.

Handel and Hendrix Museum.

 Part of the Frida exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Part of the Frida exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Any projects coming up, whether music-related or not, that you’re especially excited about?

Yes, there are several upcoming projects I'm very excited about! A colleague and I have been talking about doing the Pergolesi Stabat Mater for a few years now, and it looks like that's finally coming together! I'm also looking forward to another season with Cantanti Project, because we pour our hearts into creating thoughtful and meaningful projects. 

You’ll be singing some great pieces for the SVAN concert! Which is your favorite and why?

My favorite piece for the SVAN concert is probably "On the Steps of the Palace" from Into the Woods. Sondheim writes music and lyrics with twists, turns, and revelations that make you appreciate how complex and fascinating life is.

 

Visit www.joyceyin.com for more about Joyce.