Yao "Lina" Lin (apprentice 2) completed her performer’s certificate at NIU in spring 2013. She continues her piano studies at the postgraduate level at NIU, where she continues her studies with Professor Bill Goldenberg. She has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in piano from the Conservatory of Odessa in the Ukraine. She also attended the Tianjin Conservatory of Music in China and taught for three years at a community school in Odessa. She is an accomplished accompanist and soloist and has taught for the community school for several years.