Wanyuè Yè

Percussion

Alma mater: Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University

Photos by Scott Quade

Profile

What is your earliest memory of classical music? I remember my mom bought me my very first iPod in middle school, and I thought I would finally become the coolest kid at school until she told me that I can only put classical music in the iPod . . . so I picked Chopin instead of Linkin Park, and I am glad I did that.

What inspired you to apply to TŌN? Joining TŌN is like having an internship at an orchestra, which is what most non-musician people do in order to get a job.

What do you think orchestra concerts should look like in the 21st Century? Audiences should be able to enjoy their drinks and even food while listening to the music, just like at jazz clubs! And of course they should be allowed to take pictures and post on social media.

What is some advice you would give to your younger self? Stretch before AND after practice! Set long term goals, make plans accordingly, practice with a metronome, and record yourself. Oh! And play more drum-set!!

If you could play another instrument, what would it be? Viola for sure!

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing? Marketing or a veterinarian

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to and why? The Sistine Chapel in Vatican City

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us: I was selected by the Tuck School of Business Dartmouth College to attend the Bridge Program in recognition of my achievements and understanding of business strategy and market development, as they relate to the performing arts industry.

Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Stretch every time you play; treat your body like an athlete’s.