A native of Vancouver, Monica Chen is the Assistant Conductor of the University of British Columbia Symphony Orchestra and the Debut Orchestra conductor for the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra. Recent conducting engagements include participating at the Domaine Forget International Summer Academy, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the UBC Chamber Music Festival, and the University of Oregon Conducting Institute, working closely with maestros including Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Bramwell Tovey. She was one of three finalists at Domaine Forget chosen to perform in concert with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec last July in 2021. She was also selected to participate in the Orchestre Métroplitaine Conducting Academy for the 2021/2022 season.
Monica is an experienced violinist and pedagogue, having graduated from Indiana University with a MMus in Violin Performance under the tutelage of Mimi Zweig. She was on faculty at the IU Pre-College String Academy, and led a full studio while finishing her first Masters degree. She recently graduated with a Masters in Orchestral Conducting, studying at UBC with Dr. Jonathan Girard. Last month, Monica was also nominated for the 2022 Killam Graduate Teaching Assistantship Award for her reliability, achievements and diligent efforts in the classrooms of UBC. She maintains a busy performance schedule, conducting a variety of ensembles and teaching violin both locally and internationally online.