KPU music students impressed local, regional, national audiences in 2015

Mon, Jan 11, 2016

Metro Vancouver, B.C. – In the last several years, music students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) have experienced a lot of success at the local, provincial and national levels.

“Their accomplishments become a gift to the entire community. We all get to enjoy their talents when we hear them perform. The accomplishment of Yen-Jen Lin is just the latest of many recent successes for our students. It’s a very exciting time for the university’s music programs, and the development of art and culture in the Fraser Valley,” said Bo Peng, faculty member in KPU’s Department of Music.

With the guidance and instruction of mentors including Peng, Lin’s natural music talent has continued to flourish. Winning prestigious competitions on cello and double bass as early as the age of seven, his most recent achievement is a first-place win in the Fraser Valley Symphony Student Solo Competition. 

“Yen-Jen’s success is yet another illustration of why KPU’s music program is attracting first-rate students. Prospective students have been choosing our program, with smaller classes and a professional faculty committed to teaching, to guide them in developing a professional career for today’s music industry. We may be smaller than the big schools, but the training and individual attention music students receive​ at KPU is equal to—and even exceeds—what they would receive elsewhere,” said Don Hlus, chair of the KPU Music Department. 

Lin’s success follows a series of wins for KPU music students, namely the university’s ‘AJA Trio’, who were recognized as some of Canada’s best young musicians with a first-place win at the 45th National Music Festival. This year, students also impressed judges at the Kiwanis Fraser Valley International Music Festival, the 2015 Performing Arts BC Festival and the 61st Annual Young Musicians Competition.

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University has served the Metro Vancouver region since 1981, and has opened doors to success for more than 200,000 learners. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs in business, liberal arts, design, health, science and horticulture, trades and technology, and academic and career advancement. Over 19,000 students annually have a choice from over 120 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates, citations and apprenticeships. Learn more at    

Photo of Yen-Jen Lin is available on Flickr.

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