All-state orchestra honor is latest feat for FHS’s Lin

Michael Lin
Farragut High School senior Michael Lin has earned many honors during his high school career — attaining a berth as a National Merit Finalist and receiving a perfect ACT score among them —but he has also made a name for himself as an exceptional violinist.

Earlier this year, he was the only FHS student selected for All-State Ensemble Orchestra, and was one of only 12 chosen from the East Tennessee division following an arduous competition process.

Lin currently is in Nashville, where he is practicing with other All-State orchestral students in advance of a concert the group will perform Saturday, April 14.

In addition to the orchestra, which is comprised of 11th- and 12th-graders, also performing this week will be a ninth- and 10th-grade string orchestra, a Jazz band and three choral ensembles.

In an earlier interview, Lin said the rehearsal process would be extensive, starting with the first night, which was Wednesday, April 11, when students were auditioning for “chair” placement.

He said achieving the All-State level “is a life-fulfilling moment. When I went to All-East Tennessee, I was [up against] a bunch of talented musicians.

“[Then to be selected] was

very eye-opening, from my perspective, and I am really excited for it.”

For Lin, who has played the violin for the last seven years, the instrument is much more than an extracurricular activity or hobby.

“I do enjoy it,” he said. “Whenever I have to de-stress, I will pull out my violin.

“You can immerse yourself in the notes and just feel the music. That is what I enjoy most.”

He said he has no plans of making the violin a career, but he also does not anticipate giving it up after he graduates.

Instead, Lin said he plans a career in medicine. He said he expects to study biology with an eye toward pre-med, and plans to attend college at either Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt University or The Ohio State University.

“I am leaning toward Hopkins,” he said. “But [the final decision] will come down to [which school has the best] curriculum, campus and financial aid.”

In addition to his academic and musical prowess, Lin also participates in several clubs/organizations, including as president of the FHS chapter of Heath Occupations Students of America, Science Olympiad, Mu Alpha Theta and Student Government Association.

He also enjoys playing the piano, tennis, running, hanging out with friends, and baking Chinese pancakes.

Lin also is a member of Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra.

His FHS orchestra instructor, Michelle Clupper, praises his work and his outlook.

“It has really been a joy to have Michael in class,” she said. “He is involved in quite a few ensembles and activities and manages all of it with a positive attitude.

“He is helpful and encouraging to those around him, and I believe that he truly wants to see everyone succeed.”

Lin is the son of Jun Lin and Ying Wang of Farragut, and has a younger sister, Michelle Lin.