Lynn Slater began playing violin in grade school, switching to viola at Elgin High School where she studied privately with the former Elgin Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, the late Jean Hove. After graduating from high school and junior college, Lynn married, moved to central Illinois, and started a family; but she kept playing in various local community and college orchestras, pit orchestras, and churches. Lynn and her husband Dave moved back to this area in 1986.
Lynn retired from Northern Illinois University as the coordinator of admissions and public relations for the School of Music. She is a freelance musician, playing at many weddings, pit and local orchestras, and many church events. She has been a proud member of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra since 1988. Some of her favorite composers are Prokofiev, Dvořák, and Beethoven.
Lynn and Dave have three grown children: Jenny (and Jim), Erin, and John. They have four beautiful grandchildren: Dean, CC, David, and Maggie.