Violinist Lin He set to evaluate Strings Festival participants

photo of Lin HeDr. Lin He, associate professor of violin at LSU and associate concert master of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, will serve as the distinguished evaluator of 2nd Annual Strings Festival Sunday, March 24 at the school, 4833 Church St. in Zachary. Students will be given an opportunity to prepare a short program and receive a professional, but friendly evaluation.

Dr. He made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in November 2014, after a performance there earlier that year with principal players from the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra in orchestral setting. Over the past seasons, he performed the Korngold Concerto with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Shippensburg Symphony and the Sibelius Concerto with the Lake Charles Symphony.

As an orchestral player, Dr. He has performed with the Shanghai Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic and New World Symphony. He is a regular addition to the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Summer festival appearances have taken Dr. He to venues such as the Music Academy of the West, the Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival. Lin He has been a laureate of the Padesta Solo Competition and the ASTA competition.

Ruth Roland, Music Tree strings coordinator said the festival is open to all students of violin, viola, cello, fiddle, and bass. There is no age limit and private instruction is not a requirement. String players from any geographic location—including string players from the Greater Baton Rouge area, St. Francisville, Port Allen/Plaquemine, Denham Springs, and Zachary/Baker/Central as well as Mississippi – are welcome.

“The Music Tree Strings Festival provides an opportunity for any string player to get feedback on their playing from a friendly professional,” Roland said. “It’s a very inclusive festival—anyone is welcome to enter, the time commitment is low, and the rewards are great.”

Roland said often the pro tips are “just the thing we need to take our playing to the next level.” The Music Tree realized a need for their own students and decided to extend the offer to other students. “It’s great for those who don’t have frequent individual instruction—an opportunity to play for someone who’s watching carefully,” Roland said adding “it’s also perfect for folks who study privately. The evaluator’s comments enhance and reinforce the private teacher’s ideas and encourage the student. It’s a win-win.”

Participants can visit our online registration page to register and pay a $15 registration fee by March 20. Roland said each student will be contacted with a performance time or to see if a specific time request is needed. The entire process should take about an hour. For more information, call (225) 654-1271 or email the staff at

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