Violin: Katherine McLin

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Violinist Katherine McLin enjoys an extremely varied and prolific performing career as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber and orchestral musician. Since her debut with the Oregon Symphony at the age of fifteen, Dr. McLin has made over 100 appearances as soloist with orchestras across the country. Recent and upcoming appearances include the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Symphony of the West Valley, Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Tempe Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn Concerto with the Scottsdale Philharmonic, Joel Puckett’s Short Stories with the University of Michigan Wind Ensemble and Piazzolla’s Four Seasons with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Ohio.

Since 2007, Dr. McLin has held the position of Concertmaster of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra ( in Columbus, Ohio. With Music Director David Danzmayr, Creative Partner and Principal Guest Artist Vadim Gluzman, and a core of 31 players, over half of whom live outside of Ohio, ProMusica presents seven subscription concert series throughout the year as well as a summer festival and chamber music series. In the past Dr. McLin has served as Concertmaster of the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, the Michigan Sinfonietta, and the Aspen Sinfonia Orchestra, and Principal Second Violin of the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra.

As a member of the McLin/Campbell Duo with pianist Andrew Campbell and frequent chamber music collaborator with colleagues around the world, Dr. McLin performs extensively throughout the United States and abroad. She is a frequent guest artist at summer chamber music festivals, most recently with the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival (OR), Saarburg Chamber Music Festival (Germany) and with the Orlando Chamber Players at the Festival of the Black Hills (SD). She has served as a featured performer in numerous national and international conferences, including the American String Teacher’s Association, International Double Reed Society, International Clarinet Association, International Schoenberg Conference, National MTNA (Music Teacher’s National Association) Conference, IPAC (International Percussive Arts Conference), and SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S.).

Dr. McLin appears on 19 compact disc recordings under the Summit, Centaur, and Opus One labels. Additionally, Dr. McLin’s live and recorded performances have been broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today, NYC’s WQXR (Bob Sherman’s “Listening Room” program), and local television and radio stations throughout the country.

A frequent guest recitalist and clinician, Dr. McLin gave the featured Pre-College Violin Master Class at the 2008 National American String Teacher’s Association Conference in New Mexico She has presented master classes at over 50 music schools across the country and abroad, including the University of Michigan, Trinity College (London), North Carolina School for the Arts, Boston University, Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Oklahoma, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Kansas, University of Oregon, University of Georgia, University of Kentucky, West Virginia University, Texas Christian University, and University of Miami, to name a few.

A committed and passionate teacher, Dr. McLin won the 2004 Distinguished Teacher Award for the College of Fine Arts at Arizona State University, chosen from over 170 faculty, and was a finalist for the 2007 universitywide ASU Professor of the Year award. Former students of Dr.McLin’s include members of the BBC, Quebec, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Phoenix, Tucson, Knoxville, Kingston and ProMusica Orchestras among others, Concertmaster of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Concertmasters of the Memphis Symphony and Seoul National Symphony, Principal Second of the Augusta Symphony Orchestra, and faculty members of Western Washington University, Georgia Southern University, National Taitung University (Taiwan), Mercer University, BYU-Idaho, Westminster College (PA), Bob Jones University, Southeastern College (FL), Interlochen Summer Arts Academy, Piedmont College and Grove City College (PA), as well as the new music ensemble SONAR and alternative styles touring groups Barrage and Feast. Her students have been prizewinners and finalists in the Stradivarius International Competition, International Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition, International Brahms Competition, MTNA National Competition, ASTA National Solo Competition and American Protégé Competition, among others. Graduates have gone on to performance programs at the Juilliard School, Indiana University, Rice University Shepherd School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Royal Academy of Music and the University of Michigan, to name a few and have performed in as diverse settings as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, tours with rap artist Kanye West, and recording with John Tesh. Her students regularly participate in summer festivals such as Aspen, Blossum, Tanglewood, Meadowmount, NRO, Chautauqua, and Brevard.

Dr. McLin received her doctorate in violin performance from the University of Michigan as a student of Paul Kantor. She holds additional performance degrees from Indiana University and the Oberlin College Conservatory, and for three years was an orchestral fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival. Her former teachers include Franco Gulli, Josef Gingold, and Kathleen Winkler.

Dr. McLin plays on a 1734 Sanctus Seraphin violin, on loan from an anonymous foundation.