Lin Chun'en Ruth
Lin Chun’en Ruth starting playing the Cornet and Tenor Horn in a primary school brass band. She subsequently focused on the French Horn in secondary school and went on to major in it with a Bachelor of the Arts with honours music programme at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts under the tutelage of Jamie Hersch.
Her interests in music instrumental pedagogy and music performance led to further studies in Germany at the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule Düsseldorf and at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold, where she received a Masters of Music, Instrumental Pedagogy. During this period, she was mentored by Horn teachers Kathleen Putnam, Norbert Stertz and Michael Höltzel. As an active chamber musician, she participated with a wind quintet in the Chamber Music Competition of the Society of Friends and Patrons of the Hochschule für Musik Detmold 2013, where they were awarded the 3rd Prize amongst other ensembles and piano trios.
In recent years, Ruth picked up the Tenor Horn again during summer camps by the Bayerische Brass Band Academy (3BA), playing Solo Horn under conductors Heinrich Schmidt, Franz Matysiak, Thomas Ludescher and Ivan Meylemans. She was invited to play in the same position with the Youth Brass Band NRW (Nordrhein Westfalen state) in autumn 2015 and in 2016 under the baton of Martin Schädlich, where they clinched the 3rd Prize in the first category of the 6th German Brass Band Championships. These projects also opened opportunities to guidance under pedagogues such as Ian Bousfield and Arthur Vanderhoeft.
The variety of performance experiences as well as teaching roles, particularly as Horn and Trumpet teacher at the Jugendmusikkorps Avenwedde, – Stadt Gütersloh – e.V. and co-working with its former Music Director Thiemo Kraas, have further enriched her professional development as a music instrumental pedagogue.
Since her return to Singapore in 2016, Ruth has been a passionate educator in the local band scene, focusing on brass instruments and junior band. Apart from regular teaching engagements at the United World College of Southeast Asia Dover Campus as a brass teacher of the Instrumental Teaching Programme (ITP), and at the concert bands of Pioneer Junior College, Riverside Secondary School and Pierce Secondary School, she is also a volunteer with the Wind Bands Association of Singapore. Active as a musician on both the French Horn and Tenor Horn, she is currently Solo Horn of the Lion City Brass Band.