Rocklin university adds well-known guitarist to faculty

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William Jessup University, a private Christian university in Rocklin, recently appointed Brandon Yip, a professional performer, to serve as a part-time faculty member of the Rocklin-based university’s music department. Yip will continue as worship director at Bayside West Roseville and plans to teach applied guitar at the Rocklin campus this fall. “We are honored to have someone of Brandon’s caliber join our teaching team,” said Tom Ruscica, music chair at WJU. “This is just one more way that we can provide our students an enhanced and relevant music experience. Learning under his expertise will, without a doubt, complement our exceptional music program here at Jessup.” Performing professionally since 1985, Yip’s awards are numerous including finalist in the 1999 Carmel Music Society Music Competition and silver medallist in the 1993 and 1994 Portland International Guitar Competitions to name a few. In 2007, Yip premiered a concerto written for him by Gang Situ. The Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra commissioned the work. His CDs, “Global Impressions,” “Dedicatoria” and “Magnificat” have drawn rave reviews from the industry’s most respected artists while his CDs receive radio play on several stations across the country. “Agua y Vino,” his fourth and most recent recording features music from South America. Yip received his undergraduate degree from Sacramento State and also attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with David Tanenbaum. Yip has served on the faculties of CSU Sacramento and American River College. ~Staff report