Ching-Yi Lin


 Photo by Bryan Lemon

Photo by Bryan Lemon

Dr. Ching-Yi Lin is Associate Professor of Violin and Director of the WKU Pre-College Strings Program at Western Kentucky University. Recent performances and masterclasses have taken her to the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Norway, Shenyang and Xi’an Conservatories in China, Northwestern University, the University of British Columbia, and Louisiana State University. During the summer months, Lin serves on the faculty at the Indiana University (IU) Summer String Academy and WKU Summer String Institute, and she has also served on the faculty of the Sommersymfoni i Kristiansand in Norway and University of North Texas Summer String Institute in Texas. In 2013, Dr. Lin was presented with the prestigious Jefferson Award for Public Service in Washington, D.C., recognizing her work in bringing music into the lives of young people throughout her community.

Dr. Lin was appointed Associate Instructor of Violin at Indiana University in 2008 while also 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 2008–09, Dr. 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, Dr. 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 because of her strong desire to train aspiring teachers. She is actively engaged in presenting seminars at various conferences such as the American String Teachers Association national conference and the Kentucky and Tennessee Music Educators Association conferences. 

In 2016, Lin joined Hillary Herndon from University of Tennessee (UT) and led a group of six WKU and UT undergraduate and graduate students to Moshi, Tanzania to teach strings in the Kilimanjaro area. Under the organization of Daraja Music Initiative, Lin started a beginner violin class for students of the Majengo Primary School.  Over 60 string instruments were donated from across the United States for this endeavor.

Dr. Lin earned her BM, MM, and DM in Violin Performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and also studied at the Vienna Conservatory from 2001 to 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.