Dr. Mildred Yi is a conductor with a wide range of experience in music education, having worked with university orchestras, secondary school ensembles, and with students in music teacher preparation programs. Her early musical training began with piano and cello, which set the foundation for her academic and professional pursuit of conducting and music education. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from San Francisco State University, and Doctor of Education and Master of Education degrees in Music and Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Currently, she is a Lecturer at The Herb Alpert School of Music of University of California, Los Angeles, where she teaches instrumental and choral conducting for music education, performance and composition majors. Her previous roles include University Orchestra Conductor and Coordinator of Music Education, as Asst. Professor of Music at Vanguard University of Southern California, where she founded the Concerto/Aria Competition and Composition Commission, and Instrumental Music Teacher at the Performing and Fine Arts Academy of Natomas Charter School in Sacramento, California, where she developed a comprehensive orchestra program.
Dr. Mildred Yi has presented conducting clinics at the California All-State Music Education Conferences, and has presented research in teacher education at national and international conferences, including International Society for Music Education (ISME) in Czech Republic, and Research in Music Education (RIME) in the U.K.