Master Sergeant Yalin Chi joined the West Point Band in January of 2008. Originally from Beijing, China, she gave her debut with the Central Opera Symphony Orchestra in 1997. In the same year, she moved to the United States and studied with Victoria Mushkatkol at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Master Sergeant Chi completed both her Bachelor and Master of Music at the Juilliard School, under the instruction of Seymour Lipkin and Jerome Lowenthal. She has performed in prestigious venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Gardner Museum, and Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, South Korea. Master Sergeant Chi attended the Aspen Music Festival in the summer of 2006 with an orchestral piano fellowship. She has attended the Taos School of Music, Music Academy of the West, and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival. She has performed in master classes for Arie Vardi, Richard Goode, John O'Conor, and Boris Berman. Master Sergeant Chi has collaborated with many musicians, including Joseph Alessi (principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic), Philip Cobb (principal trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra), Andrew Wan (concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony), and clarinetist Charles Neidich.