Conducting Faculty

This Spring, Tong Chen was appointed as the substitute assistant professor of music at Queens College, where she worked with her beloved mentor Maurice Peress for many years till the end of 2017. 

A protégé of Kurt Masur, Tong Chen had the privilege of working with him since 2008; later received the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship in 2012. Ms. Chen has worked with orchestras across the globe, including Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de Sâo Paulo; Danish National Symphony; Leipzig Symphony; Mikkelin Kaupunginorkesteri; Basançon Symphony; Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Charleston Symphony; New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; GuangZhou Symphony Orchestra; and Shanghai Opera House, where she was assistant conductor from 2004 -2006.

A frequent cover conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with Marin Alsop and the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 2009-2011. A conducting fellow of the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, Ms. Chen was mentored by David Zinman for two summers. In 2012, she was prize winner of the International Malko Conducting Competition. The season’s highlight includes Tong’s debut with Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia and Shanghai Philharmonic. This fall, Tong Chen will start her latest appointment as the Music Director of the InterSchool Orchestra of New York.