Q&A with Jenny Shin / by Jennifer Bendelstein

Jenny Shin is my dear friend from San Diego! We grew up together and studied with the same teacher. I’m so lucky that we’re both in Chicago now! It’s so nice to share moments in your musical journey with friends, for many years in the past and future. Jenny has helped me think more about networking and has been a great friend when I’ve had doubts about my playing and performing. Here’s some great advice from Jenny!

How did you get started with the flute? 

I started out playing the violin and piano when I was 5 years old. I quit the violin after 3 months, but kept up with piano lessons. I started flute lessons a little before I moved to the United States, and for some reason, flute was much easier than the other two instruments, so never complained. 

What kind of flute are you playing on now? 

Right now I play on a Yamaha (YFL-977AHCT #D64 with a type "K" headjoint). I love it for its effortlessly bold and big low register and clarity in sound. 

What advice would you recommend for students serious about studying the flute? 

Make sure you are constantly checking your posture when you play. Hands, back, shoulder tension... all of these can make you hurt yourself. Also, always play with a beautiful sound..at all times. Don't forget to listen to yourself, and not just get told by your teachers how you sound. 

Which flutists do you look up to? 

This is a hard question... I look up to all of my teachers. Dr. Jonathan Keeble, John Thorne, Claude Monteux and my high school flute teacher, Jane Masur. I would not have been able to be a flute player I am now if it wasn't them. 

What are your daily practice goals? 

I try to not run through pieces, but work mostly on problematic areas, and I practice them really slowly. 

Do you prefer flutist or flautist? :) 


What’s your favorite piece of flute repertoire, and why? 

Jolivet's Chant de Linos. This piece never gets old to me, and I always get so excited when I have to play it. 

BM University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MM Northwestern University
DMA Candidate University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

A native of San Diego, California, Jenny Shin is a rising artist of the current generation whose playing has enjoyed critical acclaim.

She has garnered top performance prizes from numerous competitions, including the National Crescendo Awards, Yamaha Young Performing Artist, Musical Merit of California, Illinois Flute Society, and San Diego Flute Guild.

Recent public engagements include a solo recital given as the winner of the 2016 Krannert Debut Artist Competition and performances at the 2012 Music for All Summer Symposium at Ball State University. In addition, she has performed throughout the Midwest in venues ranging from the Chicago Cultural Center, to Copley Symphony Hall, to the Krannert Center of Performing Arts.

Ms. Shin received her bachelor's degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her master's degree from Northwestern University. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois. Her primary teachers include Jonathan Keeble and John Thorne.

In addition to her thriving career as a performing artist, Shin is a passionate teacher. She has been a part of the faculty with the Illinois Summer Youth Music Pre-College Flute Camp since 2014 and has served as teaching assistant at both the University of Illinois and Northwestern University. 

Ms. Shin is a Yamaha Performing Artist.