Christina Schin, 16, is a sophomore honor student at Olathe South High School. Her passion for music began at an early age. She began taking Suzuki violin lessons at the age of five, using a one-eighth size violin. Upon moving to Kansas in 1999, Christina began to study with Prof. Benny Kim at the Conservatory of Music, UMKC and now studies under Elizabeth Suh-Lane. Christina is
active in her school orchestra, string quartet and was a member of the Olathe Area Youth Symphony for four years. Her other orchestral experiences include serving as concertmistress for the 2003 Northeast District Honor Orchestra and the 2004 KMEA Festival Honor Orchestra. She is currently a member of the Symphony Orchestra of the Youth Symphony of Kansas City. While in the program
for three years, she won the 2001 Philharmonic East Concerto Competition and the 2004 Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. In Texas, Christina took first place in the 1998 Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition. During the summer of 2002, she studied with Almita Vamos and Kathleen Winkler at the Innsbrook Institute of Music School and Festival.
The following summer, she collaborated with the Kansas City String Quartet Program faculty to perform Felix Mendelssohn's Octet in E flat major for the camp's 10th anniversary. Christina has been invited to perform for various occasions including the annual celebration of the Olathe School District Convocation in 2002 and the 2001 Halloween Family Concert Fest, in which she soloed with the Overland Park Symphony. In addition to her music, she has been involved in volunteer work, church and her school newspaper. She also has a talent for the fine arts. Some of her artworks were displayed in the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, TX.
Christina is the daughter of Dr. Dongjean and Kyesun Schin, and has two younger brothers, Daniel and Eric.