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Preparatory Music Instructors



Violin & Viola 

Double Bass



Shenandoah Valley Youth Symphony

Yi-Ping Chen, conductor - D.M.A. University of Minnesota

Devoted to influencing future music lovers and educators, Dr. Yi-Ping Chen is in her second year as the conductor of Shenandoah Valley Youth Symphony. Her connection with the Harrisonburg community is strengthened by her work as conducting instructor at James Madison University and executive director of JMU’s Spring String Thing camp. Previously she served as the Orchestra Director of the join-orchestra of University Orchestra at Minnesota State University Moorhead and North Dakota State University. She conducted the Northern Valley Youth Orchestras in Grand Forks for five years. Having established the importance of live music for ballet, she will be serving her fifth year as conductor of Fargo-Moorhead Ballet Company’s Wonderland Orchestra in their annual production of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. She received the Distinguished Service Award from North Dakota String Teacher’s Association for her efforts as a music educator. Dr. Chen holds a DMA degree in conducting from University of Minnesota and a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting from Northwestern University.

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