“Some people only think of percussion as playing drums loud and fast, that’s only part of it. Alice shows a different side of percussion. Her performances show how multi-faceted and expressive it can be, which helps the art form grow even more.” - Gwendolyn Dease, Associate Professor of Percussion and Chair of the Brass and Percussion Area at Michigan State University.
Yun Ju Pan, born in Taiwan, is an upcoming and inspiring percussionist that has performed in the United States, Taiwan, Japan, and Australia. She holds a Doctoral of Musical Art degree from Michigan State University, a Master of Percussion Performance degree from Ithaca College, and a Bachelor of Performance Music Art degree from SoocChow University (Taiwan.)
Yun Ju Pan is a multiple award-winning musician. She has won Third prize in PASIC 2013 Vibraphone Solo Competition and she is the first competitor to win both the First prize and Audience’s Favorite at the same time in the White Lake Solo Competition in 2014. She is also the winner of Michigan State University 2014-2015 school year Concerto Competition and the First Prize winner and the Judges' special award of 2015 Taiwan International Percussion Championship. In 2016, she won the second prize of Brownsville Marimba Competition, First Prize of all three categories of Taiwan International Percussion Championship (Marimba, Vibraphone, and Chamber ensemble), and the first prize winner of 2016 Australia Marimba Competition.
As an active performer, Yun Ju Pan has held many percussion recitals and performed with different professional music groups including Jump Percussion Group (part of Ju Percussion Group), Shock Brass band, and Taiwan Wind Ensemble. She is also the foreman and principle of P PLAY Percussion Group. Since 2008, when the P PLAY percussion group was formed, Yun Ju Pan has directed five concerts. She has also worked with several musicians and artists in the past few years, such as Gordon Stout, Gwen Dease, arx duo, Andrew Thomson, The New Morse Code Duo, Prof. John Smith, Tomoko Taki, and played in several music festival, such as 2013 Percussive Art Society International Conference, 2015 Florida Marimba Festival, 2014 to 2017 Michigan Day of Percussion, 2016 Australia Percussion Gala concert, 2017 Downriver Day of Percussion.
As an educator, Yun Ju Pan has led masterclasses at Michigan State University, SooChow University, Ball State University, University of North Alabama, University of South Florida, Stetson University, Bowling Green University, and University of Central Florida. Additionally, she has worked with many middle and high school performing ensembles in Michigan area. She is the keyboard faculty at 2017 Yun Percussion Summer Seminar, and she also co-conducted classes from a wide range of students for Ju Percussion Group's Taipei International Percussion Summer Camp with Kai Stansggard, Pete Locket and Momoko Kamiya in 2014 to 2017. She has a studio of private students and experience teaching solo performance, percussion ensemble, concert band, and elementary music. Yun Ju Pan is currently responsible for coaching percussion chamber ensembles and teaching private percussion lessons to undergraduate students at Michigan State University.
As a composer, she shows her passion of connecting western and eastern music art. She has composed several pieces that require multi culture arts, such as western percussion instruments and chinese opera. Yun Ju Pan is also devoting herself in arranging music for percussion ensembles in diverse style range from Bach, Bartok, to Rock n' Roll and Pop music.
Yun Ju Pan is sponsored by Vic Firth since 2016.
Find more videos of Yun Ju Pan at https://www.youtube.com/user/yungjualicepan.
(YouTube: Yun Ju Pan)