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Department of Music - Ching-Yi Lin

Ching-Yi Lin

Ching-Yi Lin

Office:  FAC 325
Phone:  (270) 745-5939


Dr. Ching-Yi Lin is an Assistant Professor of Violin at Western Kentucky University (WKU), where she serves as Artist Violin Faculty, directs the WKU Pre-College Strings Program, and is concertmaster of The Symphony at WKU.  An active solo and chamber musician, she has performed in the United States, Canada, Europe, China, and Taiwan.  Recent performances and masterclasses have taken her to the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Norway, Shenyang Conservatory of Music; China, Northwestern University, Louisiana State University, University of Missouri at Kansas City, and the University of Wyoming.   During the summer months, Lin serves as faculty at the Summer String Academy and Retreat for Professional Violinists and Violistsat at Indiana University, and the Sommersymfonien i Kristiansand in Norway.


Lin was appointed Associate Instructor of Violin at Indiana University in 2008 while working as a teaching assistant to Professor Mauricio Fuks.  At the pre-college level, she has taught as an instructor for the IU String Academy, working closely with her mentors Professor Mimi Zweig and Dr. Brenda Brenner.  In 2008-2009, Lin acted as co-researcher, violin instructor, and piano accompanist for the Fairview Project – a research project designed to assess how underprivileged children can benefit academically and socially from learning the violin.


In addition to performing and teaching students of all ages, Lin also has a true passion for mentoring young pedagogues.  Her dissertation topic, “An Undergraduate Pedagogy Curriculum for Teaching Beginning Violin Students,” was chosen primarily due to her strong desire not only to teach beginning violin students but also to train aspiring teachers. 


Lin earned her BM, MM, and DM in Violin Performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and studied in the Vienna Conservatory from 2001–2003.  Her principal teachers include Mauricio Fuks, Boris Kuschnir, Fredell Lack, and Nelli Shkolnikova.  She plays on a violin made in 1863 by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume. 

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