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Preparatory Music Instructors




Violin & Viola 

Double Bass



Shenandoah Valley Youth Symphony

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

Striving to make classical music relevant to her community, Dr. Yi-Ping Chen’s influences in the Harrisonburg area includes teaching conducting at James Madison University, serving as executive director of JMU’s Spring String Thing camp, and conducting the Shenandoah Valley Youth Orchestra. She continues to serve as founding conductor for Fargo-Moorhead Ballet Company’s annual Nutcracker production. Chen co-founded Caravanserai, a flexible chamber group that presents classical music in approachable settings. She studied conducting from Victor Yampolsky at Northwestern University and Mark Russell Smith from University of Minnesota.

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