Joyce Pan

Joyce started her violin studies at the age of 5 and was a member of the California Youth Symphony over 10 years, touring Germany, Switzerland, and France. She served as concertmistress her final year with California Youth Symphony prior to joining the Pasadena Community Orchestra in 2008. She has been a soloist with the California Youth Symphony and San Jose Youth Symphony and won numerous awards for her violin playing including the Stanford Young Artist Festival, the Palo Alto Jewish Community Center Sound of Music Festival, and placed 1st alternate at the Music Teacher’s Association of California VOCE competition. She has studied both privately and as part of a chamber group with Patricia Burnham, Livia Sohn, Henry Gronnier and current and former St. Lawrence String Quartet members Geoff Nuttall, Barry Shiffman, and Christopher Costanza.

Joyce received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University and holds the distinction of being a Siebel Scholar. Such honor is given annually to only 85 graduate students selected from a small consortium of leading universities such as Harvard, MIT, and Stanford based on exceptional academic performance and leadership. With a major in computer graphics and a minor in Studio Art, Joyce can seamlessly interweave the abstract logic of computer programming with artistic creativity. After graduation, Joyce moved to Southern California to join Dreamworks Animation, where she serves as a translational bridge between artists and software programmers to develop innovative digital lighting algorithms. Her film credits as Technical Director at Dreamworks include Monsters vs. Aliens, Shrek Forever After, Megamind, and Kung Fu Panda 2. While Joyce primarily focuses on software complexities, she enjoys experiencing the overall filmmaking process.

In her spare time, Joyce practices Wushu, a performance-based Chinese martial art. Representing Stanford, Joyce was the female grand champion in the 11th Annual Collegiate Wushu Championships, the largest collegiate competition of its kind in 2007.