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School of Music

Violin Day at Butler University

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Register Now (free event)

We are pleased to announce the return of our in-person Violin Day for 2021! Violin Day is a FREE event allowing violin students in 8th grade through high school to experience the School of Music first-hand with activities including:

  • A master class or clinic with a special guest artist and current violin majors
  • Workshops with Butler violin faculty
  • and more! 

Please note, properly worn masks are required of all participants for the duration of the event regardless of vaccination status.

See guest artist, faculty, and schedule information below.

Questions? Email

Special Guest Artist: Kevin Lin, Concertmaster Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Kevin Lin, concertmaster for Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra playing the violinOriginally 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.

Butler Violin Faculty and Hosts:

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

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

Dr. Lisa Brooks is currently the Dean of the Jordan College of the Arts at Butler, in addition to Professor of Violin. She held previous faculty appointments at Baylor University, the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, Messiah College, and Dickinson College.

Dr. Brooks received both a bachelor's and master's degree in violin performance in four years from West Virginia University, where she was a student of Donald Portnoy. While completing her doctorate in violin performance from the State University of NewYork at Stony Brook, she studied with Joyce Robbins, and as a member of the Stony Brook graduate piano trio, coached extensively with Julius Levine and Gilbert Kalish. Other important teachers have included Rafael Bronstein, Ariana Bronne, Stanley Ritchie, William DePasquale, and Carol Taleff.

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 was associate concertmaster of the Waco Symphony and performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Opera Company of Philadelphia, and Harrisburg and Reading Symphony Orchestras; she also has toured nationally with the Pennsylvania Ballet Company. She was an artist-fellow at the 1984 and1985 Bach Aria Festivals, and was a finalist in the 1981 A.S.T.A. National Solo Competition. Dr. Brooks was a founding member of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, a period-instrument ensemble. Read full bio here.


Davis Brooks, Professor Emeritus, violinDr. Davis Brooks 
Professor Emeritus, violin

Davis Brooks comes from a diverse musical background as soloist, pedagogue, orchestral musician, studio musician, concertmaster on Broadway, conductor, and chamber musician. His teaching experience has included faculty appointments at Baylor University, Wayne State University, the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, and Bucknell University. Currently Professor of Violin Emeritus at Butler University, Dr. Brooks was the 2015-2016 University of Alabama School of Music Endowed Chair in Music Composition; the residency culminated in a recording of ten new works written for him.  The CD, Early Musings, was released in November 2016 on the Navona label.

He has served as Associate Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Dr. Brooks was a member of the Mostly Mozart Orchestra at Lincoln Center for ten years, and for nineteen years, the New York Chamber Symphony, which produced over 20 critically acclaimed recordings during his tenure with them. Dr. Brooks has been concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of New England, the Harrisburg Symphony, and the Waco Symphony. Read full bio here.

Sample Schedule (subject to change):

SCA= Schrott Center for the Arts |  LH= Lilly Hall | AU= Atherton Union

9:45 AM Check-in/Registration, SCA lobby
10:00 AM Welcome + Showcase Recital with Butler University violin faculty and students, SCA stage
10:45 AM Technique Class with Dr. Lisa Brooks, Jordan College of the Arts Dean and Professor of Violin
12:00 PM Lunch with current Butler violin majors,
1:15 PM Violin Master Class with  guest artist, Kevin Lin, Concertmaster for Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
3:00 PM Dismissal from SCA lobby

If you have any questions, please contact the School of Music office at or 317-940-9065.