Ruth Lin


Associate Professor, Conductor of the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra in Music and Music - Ensembles, and Director in John S Kendall Center

Dr. Ruth Lin has been the Director of the Symphony Orchestra at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter Minnesota since 2010. She is the recipient of the 2018 Master Teacher School Orchestra award from the Minnesota String & Orchestra Teachers Association. The Symphony Orchestra is proud to be one of the finalists for the 2015 American Prize in the College/University division and it was featured at the 2016 Minnesota Music Educators Association conference. In addition to conducting the Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Lin also teaches classes in Conducting, Music Theory, Arranging, and a First Term Seminar in Film Music.

Dr. Lin was one of the ten Conducting Fellows at the Juilliard Conducting Workshop for Music Educators where she had the opportunity to work with Virginia Allen, Assistant Dean for Orchestral Studies at The Juilliard School, JoAnn Falletta, Music Director of the Buffalo Symphony Orchestra and Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and Eugene Corporon, conductor of the Wind Symphony and Regents Professor of Music at the University of Northern Texas College of Music. Dr. Lin performed as a Debut Conductor with the National Symphony Orchestra as part of the National Conducting Institute where she had the opportunity to work with Maestro Leonard Slatkin and led the National Symphony Orchestra in concert. 

Internationally, Dr. Lin has conducted the Xiamen Philharmonic in Xiamen, China, and the Musica Sinfonietta in Penang, Malaysia. Nationally, Dr. Lin was the conductor of the Iowa String Teachers Association High School Honors Orchestra, Wyoming All-State Orchestra, North Dakota Strings Festival, and the South Dakota All-State Orchestra. In Minnesota, she has conducted the Middle Level Honors Orchestra with MNsota, Central Lake Conference Honors Orchestra and the Northwest Suburban Conference Honors Orchestra. Additionally Dr. Lin has conducted several world premieres, including "Faith and Perseverance," a commissioned work written specifically for the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the College by Dr. Chen Yi, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist composer.

Dr. Lin was born in Zhang Zhou, China. She immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of 10 and began her musical studies on the piano at the age of five. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University in Music Education and Music Technology. While working on her undergraduate degree, she studied piano with Alan Chow and had the opportunity to perform Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.1 with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra as the Concerto Competition Winner. Still active as a pianist ad performer, she was featured on the Dame Myra Hess Series on WFMT in March 2007, as part of the Lin-Kontorovitch piano duo and performs regularly in the Chicagoland area. Recordings of Dr. Lin's four-hand piano performances could be found on

Dr. Lin completed her Masters and Doctoral Degrees at Northwestern University in orchestral conducting where she studied under Maestro Victor Yampolsky. Her other conducting teachers include Leonard Slatkin, David Effron, Fred Ockwell, Robert Hasty, and John Lynch. Dr. Lin's piano teachers include Alan Chow and Sylvia Wang.



Bachelor of Music, Northwestern University Master of Music, Northwestern University Doctor of Music, Northwestern University

Areas of Expertise

Orchestral Conducting

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
MUS-170 Symphony Orchestra 49 2021/FA, 2021/SP, 2020/FA, 2020/SP, 2020/JN, 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 2019/JN, 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2016/JN, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2012/JN, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, and 2010/FA
MUS-380 Basic Conducting 11 2021/FA, 2020/FA, 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, and 2010/FA
MUS-111 Music Theory I 9 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, and 2010/FA
MUS-173 Chamber Ensemble 8 2019/SP, 2018/SP, 2017/SP, and 2013/FA
MUS-112 Music Theory II 7 2019/SP, 2016/SP, 2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, and 2011/SP
FTS-100 FTS:Film Music 6 2019/FA, 2018/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, and 2011/FA
MUS-103 Aural and Keyboard Skills I 1 2018/FA
MUS-371 Music Arranging 1 2016/FA