Jefferson Awards - CHING YI LIN

By: LINDSEY YATES Email
By: LINDSEY YATES Email

CHING YI LIN HAS MANY TITLES... AMONG THEM... BEING A WORLD CLASS VIOLINIST.

YET HER GREATEST ROLE... IS BRINGING HER PASSION FOR MUSIC TO HER STUDENTS IN THE BOWLING GREEN COMMUNITY.

OUR LINDSEY YATES SPOKE WITH CHING YI... ABOUT LIFE LESSONS SHE HAS BEEN TAUGHT THROUGH PLAYING THE VIOLIN. AND HOW SHE HOPES TO INSTILL THOSE TRAITS IN HER STUDENTS.

<AND THE MUSIC SHE CREATES WITH A BOW AND VIOLIN BEGINS TO TELL A STORY.

"I came to America when I was 12 years old what seemed like a decision my parents made overnight just sort of plopped me in this country. I came here knowing the letters c, d, e, f, g, a, b and not even in the correct order because I only knew it through music do, re, me fa, so la, ti."

AS A 6TH GRADER WHO BARELY SPOKE ENGLISH...MUSIC BECAME HER VOICE.

"Being in a scary position and environment has really taught me a lot, but what I have to say what really got me through is playing the violin.

NOW A WORLD CLASS VIOLINIST WHO HAS PERFORMED IN CANADA...EUROPE...AND CHINA...DR. CHING YI LIN'S LATEST GIG INCLUDES MANY TITLES SUCH AS CONCERT MASTER OF THE SYMPHONY AT WKU.

"As the concert master we follow her bowing style so for example if she bows something off string then all of the strings bow it off string."

BUT DR. SCOTT...WHO BROUGHT CHING YI TO THE WKU FAMILY IN 2009...SAYS THE MOST IMPRESSIVE PART OF HER INTERVIEW WASN'T HER PERFORMANCE.

"We heard her play and that was the least important part of her audition for me. In this day and age anybody coming out of a major university with a doctorate in performance is going to play well, so that was not the issue, I saw her teach."

AS ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF VIOLIN AT WKU SHE TRANSFORMS STUDENTS INTO MUSICIANS.

"Before she got here Western, not so much as a music department as a whole but especially in our string department and in some other aspects we were kind of flying blind, everyone had visions of what they wanted to do but they were going in opposite directions and Ching Yi when she got here she had a vision of what she wanted to do and went through all the right channels to get there."

PROFESSIONALISM COMES TO MIND WHEN STEWART DESCRIBES CHING YI AS A MENTOR AND FRIEND.

"She walks a very narrow line of being the teacher, but also knowing how to have fun and be your friend at the same time. There's a certain amount of respect she demands from her students."

"I've been very strict with a lot of my students because I expect them to take it very seriously. My goal has always been to teach them how to teach because as teachers you learn so much from your students and even when you're a student you're essentially teaching yourself when you practice."

DESPITE HER MANY ROLES...BEING NAMED DIRECTOR OF THE PRE-COLLEGE STRINGS PROGRAM HAS BEEN HER GREATEST JOY.

"You learn how to speak their language, kid language, and you encourage them and allow them to express themselves in a way they probably didn't even know they could. It's breathtaking you know my heart skips several beats I mean the joy you cannot even imagine."
"We noticed a marked increase in enrollment this past year I think we went up to 80 students in our pre-college."

SHE HOPES TO INSTILL LIFE LESSONS...SUCH AS WORK ETHIC...PASSION....AND CONFIDENCE.

"No matter how tough they are academically or where they are in life it's always that amazing feeling of being able to express themselves not only through words but being on a stage."

"The most impressive thing is the discipline, they're are expected to practice, and he practices on his own without us having to tell him."
"One of the things about the program that we have enjoyed is the ability to get in front of a crowd, play music and through that music share a story."

"I learned that you do not have to be able to speak a language to have the kind of fear that many people have and I feel very privileged to say to these kids you can do great things."

AND WHEN CHING YI PERFORMS SOMETIMES SHE CLOSES HER EYES AS SHE PLAYS..AS IF LOST IN THE MUSIC...AND SHE SEIZES THE MOMENT WHEN SHE DARES TO PUSH PAST HER FEARS.

"I'm always searching for this moment where I dare to do something that I normally wouldn't do. To express myself in a way to say certain things I may be afraid to say. To put myself out there and be emotionally involved. I think I'm constantly searching for the moment when I realize I'm not as scared."

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