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artistic staff

William Eddins

Conductor, Symphony Orchestra

William Eddins is the Music Director Emeritus of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and a frequent guest conductor of major orchestras throughout the world. Engagements have included the New York Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Boston, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Houston, as well as the Los Angeles and Buffalo Philharmonics.


Internationally, Eddins was Principal Guest Conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland). He has also conducted the Berlin Staatskapelle, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, and the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra.

Career highlights include taking the Edmonton Symphony Orchestras to Carnegie Hall in May of 2012, conducting RAI Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale on Italian television, and leading the Natal Philharmonic on tour in South Africa with soprano Rene Fleming. Equally at home with opera, he conducted a full production of Porgy and Bess with Opera de Lyon both in France and the Edinburgh Festival.


Mr. Eddins is an accomplished pianist and chamber musician. He regularly conducts from the piano in works by Mozart, Beethoven, Gershwin and Ravel. He has released a compact disc recording on his own label that includes Beethoven’s Hammer-Klavier Sonata and William Albright’s The Nightmare Fantasy Rag.

Mr. Eddins has performed at the Ravinia Festival with both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Ravinia Festival Orchestra. He has also conducted the orchestras of the Aspen Music Festival, the Hollywood Bowl, Chautauqua Festival, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.


A native of Buffalo, NY, Mr. Eddins attended the Eastman School of Music, studying with David Effron. He also studied conducting with Daniel Lewis at the University of Southern California and was a founding member of the New World Symphony in Miami, FL.

Dr. Ruth Lin

Conductor, Repertory Orchestra

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 http://www.classicalconnect.com/#/browse/performers/76

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.

Nicholas Ellison

Conductor, Wind Orchestra
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Nicholas Ellison teaches beginner band in Edina Public Schools. In Edina, he also teaches Jumpstart, a summer beginner band class, and serves on the high school marching band staff. He previously held similar positions in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage, Orono, and Eden Prairie school districts. He has presented and performed at the Minnesota Music Education Assocation Midwinter Clinic. Ellison graduated from St. Olaf College with a degree in music and management, a graduate of the Johnson-Auge School for Music Management. Ellison completed a master’s degree from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University and studied music education at the University of Minnesota. He performs as a trumpet player in Encore Wind Ensemble. He is committed to adults making music, having formerly been the Associate Conductor of the Minneapolis South High Community Band and guest conducted Encore Wind Ensemble and Medalist Concert Band. He has served as a trumpet section coach for Minnesota All-State Bands. Ellison is a referee for youth soccer and an avid sports fan and is active at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. 

Jim Bartsch

Co-Artistic Director and Conductor, Philharmonic Orchestra
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Jim Bartsch has been part of the MYS artistic staff for 28 years, teaching the String Orchestra for 7 years and the Philharmonic Orchestra for 21 years.

A native of St. Paul, Jim started playing the violin in the St. Paul Public Schools Orchestra program taught by Linville Doan. He attended Highland Park Jr and Sr High Schools, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Minnesota, studying with Young-Nam Kim.

Jim taught Public School Orchestra programs in Northfield and Red Wing 1983-1999. Following a 14-year stint as Education Director with the Minnesota Orchestra, he returned to the Public Schools in 2013, teaching Orchestra at Highview Middle School and Bel Air Elementary school in the Mounds View Public Schools district.

Active as a guest conductor and clinician, Jim has conducted Orchestra Festivals in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, the Dakotas, Montana and Manitoba. Most recently, the University of Wisconsin-Madison String Clinic Orchestra (2013 and 2016), the MN Suburban East Conference Festival Orchestra (2013), the Tri-Metro Orchestra Festival (2014), the Concordia College/Moorhead String Festival (2015), the Shell Lake Orchestra Festival (2018) and many others. He served as conductor for the International Music Camp at the Peace Garden, North Dakota, for over 20 years, and has adjudicated the St Paul Public Schools Honors Orchestra, the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra Solo Competition, the South East Minnesota Youth Orchestra competition, the MacPhail Scholarship Competition and others. He serves as Dress Rehearsal Pianist for the Northern Lights Suzuki program.

Jim is Past President of the Minnesota String and Orchestra Teachers Association, and has served as clinician/adjudicator for multiple MNSOTA events for many years.

He has performed as violist in over fifty Minnesota Opera productions since 1998.  He has also performed with the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, VocalEssence, the Royal Strings-Minnesota Renaissance Festival, the Northrop Ballet series, Theatre Latte Da, the Cavelle Chamber Ensembles, and many others.

An active summertime hiker, Jim has climbed the highpoints of 44 US states, and 22 of the US peaks over 14,000 feet. A Twins Baseball fan, he especially enjoyed conducting MYS and Mounds View Schools musicians on the National Anthem at Target Field multiple times.

Patricia Kelly

Co-Artistic Director and Conductor, String Orchestra
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Patricia Kelly is happy to be part of MYS since 1994 as director of the String Orchestra, the MYS Summer Orchestra Program, and in 2020, as Co-Artistic Director. She has received the “Master String Educator” award form the American String Teachers Association, and was highlighted on MPR’s “Teacher Feature.” She has  taken her orchestras to the ASTA National Orchestra Competition (2019), the National Principals Convention, and Minnesota Music Educators Convention on three occasions. She co-founded the Minneapolis All-City Orchestras and the MNSOTA Mid-Level Festival. She initiated Minnesota’s first Mariachi School Orchestra and was the conductor of the MacPhail Camerata Orchestra. She has guest conducted at metro area conferences and festivals, the International Music Camp and as a clinician and speaker at MMEA and ASTA conferences. Pat is a violist and has played with the Nicollet Quartet for over 30 years.

She began her musical career in St. Cloud, MN learning viola and piano from James and Sheryl Strang. She continued to study piano with Dr. Ebis of St. Johns University in Collegeville, MN. She graduated from St. Catherine University where she studied viola with Salvatore Venitelli of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and conducting from Dr. Maurice Jones and Edourd Forner. She continued her studies in Music Education at the University of Minnesota. Pat has always pursued wide and varied interests such as earning a Journalism degree from the University of St. Thomas, and studying Enthnomusiclogy at the U of MN. She wrote her Masters thesis on Hmong expressive sound. Her post-graduate doctoral work at the U of MN centered on integrated arts and the semiotics of musical notation.

Most of her educational teaching and conducting was in Minneapolis Public Schools where she was hired to build the unique string program at the International Fine Arts K-8 Magnet School where every child in grades 1- 6 were required to play a string instrument. This urban, inner-city string program brought international attention for its commitment to teaching strings to every child and for its high artistic standards. At one point, the program had over 600 students in one school, had eleven orchestras and gave yearly concerts at International Market Square. They won awards from ASTA, MNSOTA, SPCO, and had many articles written about the inspiring string program.

After 32 years in MPS, Pat continued to build outstanding orchestra programs at Roseville High School, Mounds Views Schools and Eden Prairie Schools where she currently teaches. She also teaches privately in her home which she shares with her son Jackson, their two cats, and language students from around the world with ELS. She runs a resort with sisters, loves to travel to wild places and swims with her sister Anne.