Chee Weng Yim, DMA
Assistant Professor of Music - Director of Bands
Chee Weng Yim, DMA, is Director of Bands, Music Director/Conductor of the Symphonic Band and Assistant Professor of Music at Graceland University. He teaches undergraduate music courses along with overseeing aspects of the wind band program.
Dr. Yim’s passion is in working with students to help them reach their musical and professional potential, and provide opportunities for growth in both his and his students’ personhood. Personhood includes skills such as empathy, compassion, kindness and a desire to work towards the betterment of not only the self, but of others. These qualities help people to become cognizant of the socio-psychological climates that impact their personal and professional lives as musicians.
Music and teaching has provided Dr. Yim opportunities as guest conductor and clinician in several countries including Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, the United States and his home country of Singapore. Besides his work as a conductor and teacher, Dr. Yim is interested in fostering collaborations between musicians specializing in different roles. He organizes reading sessions of music composed by student composers where performers and composers engage in open dialogue about new music. He is currently working with FROST composition student, Benjamin Webster on a concertino for flute and mixed chamber ensemble.
Before joining the faculty at Graceland, Dr. Yim was Assistant Band Director at Raffles Girls School and Band Director at Assumption English School in Singapore. He was the concertmaster for the Nanyang Technological University Symphonic Band and clarinetist in Windstar Ensemble and Orchestra of the Music Maker. In addition, he was the music director of the SALON concert series at Georgia State University, in which chamber music is performed.
Dr. Yim’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Specialist Diploma in Band Directing from Nanyang Technological University, a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from Georgia State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting from Frost School of Music at University of Miami.