Lyn Ritz is currently professor of music at Walla Walla University where she teaches violin, viola, chamber music, aural skills, and music theory. She formerly taught at the University of Dayton from 1995-2003, where she also taught upper strings, was coordinator of the aural skills curriculum, and was a member of the Marian Duo. Lyn holds a D.M.A. in violin from the University of Kentucky where she studied with Daniel Mason, was the winner of the 1989 Concerto Competition at the University of Kentucky, and also a member of the Niles String Quartet for five years. Previous teaching positions include the University of Texas Pan-American in Edinburg, Texas, where she was also concertmaster of the Valley Symphony Orchestra, and Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, where she was a member of the Bresquin Trio.
Additional teaching experience includes public school music as well as extensive private teaching. Among other workshops, she has participated in the Nova Scotia Music Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1992, and the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School, Blue Hill, Maine, in 1989. Lyn's orchestral experience has included membership in the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Putnam Symphony Orchestra (NY), Ridgefield Symphony (CT), and the Lexington Philharmonic (KY). She has authored A Compendium of Left Hand Fingerings for Violin and Viola, three sacred songs for voice and piano, Duo for Violin and Viola, and several hymn arrangements for violin and piano. Lyn is currently serving as concertmaster of the Walla Walla Symphony and is an active solo and chamber music performer.