Recipient of 2018 University Teaching Award

Dr.  Ching-Yi  Lin  is  the  recipient  of  both  the  2018  Potter  College  of  Arts  &  Letters  Teaching  Award  and  the  2018  University  Teaching  Award.  “Faculty  awards  are  given  for  excellence  in  the  fields  of  teaching,  research  and  creativity,  public  service,  and  student  advisement.  The  college  winners  of  each  award  are  considered  for  the  university-wide  awards,  and  one  overall  winner  in  each  category  is  chosen.  The  teaching  award  is  given  in  recognition  of  the  recipient’s  teaching  excellence  as  evidenced  by  effectiveness  and  ability  to  motivate  and  inspire  students  in  the  classroom  and  outside  the  classroom.” Read  more here.

Bridging Cultures Through Music

"By bridging the language barrier through music, WKU violin students and student volunteers from the WKU Pre-College Strings Program will be able to quickly find common ground from which to begin understanding and communicating with students from other countries." -Dr. Ching-Yi Lin

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I am excited to announce that we—the WKU violin studio and WKU Pre-College Strings Program—have received a $20,000 grant from WKU Sisterhood to start a violin program at Bowling Green High School. Starting in the spring semester 2018, I will take a team of student teachers and volunteers to teach the violin to English as a Second Language (ESL) students, many of whom are refugees living in Bowling Green now. This team of teachers will include undergraduate and graduate students studying music at WKU and local student volunteers. 

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Link to presentation: Bridging Cultures Through Music

Notes: Newsletter Fall 2016 to Spring 2018

WKU Strings Program Fall 2017 Newsletter

WKU Strings Program Spring/Summer 2017 Newsletter

WKU Pre-College Strings Program Fall 2016 Newsletter

Performance at the National Concert Hall

On December 20, 2017, I shared a concert of chamber music for strings with five colleagues in the National Concert Hall, the most prestigious concert hall in Taiwan. In addition to me on the violin, there were Andrew Braddock (Western Kentucky University, viola), Hillary Herndon (University of Tennessee-Knoxville, viola), Shu-Ting Hsu (China University of Culture, violin), Jorge Variego (University of Tennessee-Knoxville, composer), and, Paul York (University of Louisville, cello). Pieces performed on this program were Benjamin Britten's Phantasy Quintet in F minor, Zoltan Kodály's Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7The Invisible Hand by Jorge Variego, and Brahms' String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111. 

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American Sonatas for Violin and Piano

Drs. Ching-Yi Lin and Zachary Lopes released their new CD entitled American Sonatas for Violin and Piano: Bolcom, Corigliano, Ives.  It includes Charles Ives’ Sonata No. 2, William Bolcom’s Sonata No. 2, and John Corigliano’s Sonata.  In his program notes, Dr. David Lasocki from Indiana University writes: “Besides being American composers, and two of them coming into this world in the same year, Ives, Bolcom, and Corigliano have something else in common: they all enjoy mixing classical and popular music, as well as tonal and atonal passages, in a unique manner.”  Funding for this CD was provided by the WKU Research & Creative Activities Program and the Confucius Institute at WKU.  You can hear this recording online at Naxos and also purchase it from MSR Classics,

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Notes: Newsletter Spring 2014 to Spring 2016

WKU Pre-College Strings Program Newsletter Spring/Summer 2016

WKU Pre-College Strings Program Newsletter Fall 2015

WKU Pre-College Strings Program Newsletter Spring/Summer 2015

WKU Pre-College Strings Program Newsletter Fall 2014

WKU Pre-College Strings Program Newsletter Spring 2014

Recipient of KY ASTA Award

Ching-Yi Lin was awarded Outstanding Educator of the Year 2017 by the Kentucky America String Teachers Association.

Recipient of FUSE Grant 2016


Dr. Ching-Yi Lin and Anna Darling (WKU Violin Performance Major) are the recipients of WKU's Faculty–Undergraduate Student Engagement (FUSE) Grant. FUSE grants are designed to support undergraduate students' intellectual development by fostering active engagement in the areas of research, creative and scholarly activities, and/or artistic performances.  In 2017, Dr. Lin supervised Anna on her trip to teach violin to children in Africa through the Daraja Music Initiative Program. The trip was fully funded by this grant.

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Student Accomplishments


Josh and Alyna Bloecher, former students of Dr. Lin, founded a strings program in Houston County, Texas. Below is an article from The Messenger newspaper discussing their new program. Congratulations Josh and Alyna! 

Daraja Music Initiative (DMI)

Teaching the violin to children in Africa: DMI is a non-profit organization that provides grade-school students in Tanzania with an interdisciplinary educational program that fuses music and conservation.  In 2016, Lin initiated a beginner violin class in the Majengo Primary School.  Below is an interview about this project from the WBKO program: A View from the Hill

It's been a life changing summer for some music professors who took their talent all the way to Africa. Amy Bingham has more on the adventure in this week's View from the Hill.

WKU ASTA Chapter Wins 2016 National Award

Student Group Awarded Most Improved Student Chapter of the year

Chapter adviser: Dr. Ching-Yi Lin

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Violin Fest 2015


This annual event is geared towards bringing orchestra and private studio teachers, high school students, and college students to the WKU campus. The Violin Fest featured masterclasses, group performances, a faculty recital, Alexander Technique classes, and special topic discussions for violinists and teachers of all ages.

Our guest faculty for Violin Fest 2015 was Mauricio Fuks, Professor of Music at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. WKU faculty members Dr. Ching-Yi Lin and Andrew Braddock also served on the faculty of the Violin Fest.  Past Violin Fest guest faulty include Dr. Brenda Brenner and Professor Mimi Zweig. 

For more information about future WKU Violin Fest events visit:

Below is an interview about the 2015 Violin Fest from: A View from the Hill

Violinist and musicians of all ages came to WKU last month for a unique weekend of lessons and performances. Amy Bingham goes behind the scenes of the university's second annual Violin Fest in this week's View from the Hill.


Alyna Bloecher


Alyna Bloecher, Dr. Lin's masters in pedagogy student from WKU, received the John D. Minton Award from WKU. This award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of one graduate student throughout the university. 

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      Ching-Yi Lin Entrepreneur of the Month


Ching-Yi was named Indiana University's Entrepreneur of the month. This articles describes her career path beginning with her undergraduate studies and ending with her current work at the Western Kentucky University. 

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Ching-Yi Lin National Jefferson Award

"Dr. Lin was recognized for sharing her talent within the community by serving as the director of the WKU pre-college strings program." -WBKO, Kentucky       

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