Violin Day at Butler University

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Registration is now closed, email with questions.

Violin students of all playing levels in eighth through 12th grade are invited to our free Violin Day event with special guest, Kevin Lin, concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.  All playing levels are welcome, but we do not recommend this event total beginners. Participants will get to experience violin study at the School of Music up close with:

  • Master classes and clinics with our special guest artist, Kevin Lin, concertmaster of the ISO
  • Workshops with our outstanding violin faculty, Dr. Mélanie Clapiès and Dr. Lisa Brooks
  • Side-by-side playing with violin majors and faculty
  • and more!

View the sample schedule and Violin Day faculty information below. If you have questions, email

Special Guest:

Kevin Lin, concertmaster for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra playing his violinKevin Lin, Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Originally from New York, violinist Kevin Lin has received international recognition for his musicianship and “soulful” playing (The Arts Desk). Lin currently serves as Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Lin is a highly sought after Concertmaster, previously holding the position of Co-Leader in the London Philharmonic Orchestra. His Guest Concertmaster appearances have included the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

Lin has performed as a soloist and recitalist across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, and South Korea. In recent years, Lin has received prizes from the Irving M. Klein International Competition (Fourth Prize) and the Schmidbauer International Competition (First Prize), as well as competed in the George Enescu International Violin Competition and Menuhin International Violin Competition.

In addition to solo performances, Lin has collaborated with artists such as the Tokyo and Ebène Quartets, Edgar Meyer, Cho-Liang Lin, Orion Weiss and Andrew Bain. Lin spent his early years studying with Patinka Kopec in New York, and later with Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree. He continued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia as a recipient of the Mark E. Rubenstein Fellowship, under the pedagogy of Aaron Rosand.


Dr. Mélanie Clapiès holding her violin.

Dr. Mélanie Clapiès, Professor of Violin

Born in Paris, Mélanie Clapiès studied and developed her musical career in Europe before moving to the United States. A passionate chamber musician, she has collaborated with artists such as Roger Tapping, Anthony Marwood, Pavel Vernikov, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Adam Laloum, Guillaume Vincent, Patrick Hemmerlé. Together with cellist Yan Levionnois she recorded the album “Pierrots Lunaires” which was released by Fondamenta. She was also the co-founder of the chamber music festival “En attendant…” in Semur en Brionnais, France.

As an orchestra musician, she regularly performed with the Paris Opera, Lyon’s National Orchestra (ONL), Bordeaux’s National Orchestra (ONB), the conductorless ensemble Les Dissonances, and the period orchestra Le Cercle de l’Harmonie. Dr. Clapiès has held previous violin faculty positions at the Jacques Thibaud Conservatory in Bordeaux, the Toulon Provence Méditerranée Conservatory (Conservatoire TPM), and also taught at the École Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris. She received a master’s degree and Artist Diploma in violin performance from the Yale School of Music where she studied with Syoko Aki, and worked with Mark Steinberg while completing a doctorate at the Manhattan School of Music.

Beyond her love for the traditional classical style, Dr. Clapiès has wide ranging musical interests as a composer and improviser, including new and experimental music, electronic music, and period performance practice. In her spare time, when she is not hiking with her husband Matt Moldover, she loves drawing and writing fiction.

Dean Lisa Brooks

Dr. Lisa Brooks, Dean of the Jordan College of the Arts, Professor of Violin

Lisa Brooks came to Butler in 1994 as a member of the violin faculty. Prior to her appointment as Dean of JCA, she served as Chair of the School of Music and Director of the Graduate Music Program. She held previous faculty appointments at Baylor University, the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, Messiah College, and Dickinson College. Brooks received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in violin performance from West Virginia University. Her doctorate in violin performance is from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

As an orchestral musician, Dr. Brooks is currently principal second violinist of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and a frequent substitute musician with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on both violin and viola. She presents the pre-concert lectures for the Ensemble Music Society, and is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans.

In 2013, Brooks received the inaugural Faculty Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership from Butler University, and in 2001, she received a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

Schedule is subject to change. All sessions will take place in the Schrott Center for the Arts (SCA) unless otherwise noted. Individual sessions will be announced soon!

Violin Day Schedule of Activities September 24, 2022
Time Activity and Location
9:45 AM Check-in begins in Schrott Center lobby
10:00 AM Welcome and Showcase Recital with current Butler violin majors, Schrott Center stage
10:45 AM Violin Ensemble practice with all participants, Schrott Center stage- remember to bring your violin!
12:00 PM Free lunch with current Butler music students in the Marketplace at Atherton Union.
1:15 PM Violin Master Class with special guest Kevin Lin, Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Schrott Center stage. Masterclass performers will be notified by email.
2:15 PM Violin Ensemble informal performance with all participants, Schrott Center stage.
2:45 PM Dismissal from Schrott Center lobby.