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katherine-mclin-2017aEarly years — the Chintimini connection 

Katie began private violin lessons at the age of 6 in Salem and studied with Karen Vincent, Leah Frajola, Aida Baker, and Dan Rouslin. At age 12, she began piano and competed on both instruments at District, earning superior ratings on both and winning State solo on violin. At 15 she won the Oregon Symphony’s annual concerto competition, performing with the Symphony in Salem. She accompanied jazz choir for two years in high school and jazz band the other two years, a good gig as she was the only girl.

Katie has graced the festival nearly every year since 2008. See and hear outstanding 2015 Salem performances here. – Haydn at the start; Schubert’s Trout begins at 1:26.


 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, Piazzolla’s Four Seasons with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra (OH), Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Tempe Symphony Orchestra and Joel Puckett’s Short Stories with the University of Michigan Wind Ensemble.

Dr. McLin appears on 20 compact disc recordings under the Summit, Centaur, and Opus One labels. Her 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. 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 serves as a guest artist at numerous summer chamber music festivals, most recently with the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival (OR), Saarburg Chamber Music Festival (Germany) and the Orlando Chamber Players at the Festival of the Black Hills (SD).

Since 2007, Dr. McLin has held the position of Concertmaster of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio. Previously she 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.

A committed and passionate teacher, Dr. McLin was awarded the Evelyn Smith Professorship in Music at Arizona State University in 2016, a three year endowed position that recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates outstanding leadership in their field. In 2004 she was awarded the Distinguished Teacher Award for the College of Fine Arts, chosen from over 170 faculty, and was a finalist for the 2007 university-wide ASU Professor of the Year award.

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. .

.Katherine McLin plays with piano