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Chun-Ming Chen, MM Conducting, 2011Chun-Ming Chen, MM Conducting, 2011
Chun-Ming Chen, graduate student at Ithaca College, participated in the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Conducting Competition in December 2010.

Chun-Ming Chen participated in the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Conducting Competition in December 2010. At the competition, Chun-Ming was able to conduct a world-renowned orchestra and be in the company of many great conductors in Taiwan.  His trip was supported in part by a travel grant from graduate studies in music at Ithaca College.

Born in Taiwan, Chun-Ming (Jimmy) studied orchestral conducting at Ithaca College with Dr. Jeffery Meyer. While in Ithaca, he conducted the Ithaca College Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Cornell Symphony Orchestra, Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble and was the co-director of the Ithaca College Sinfonietta. Chun-Ming received his Master of Music degree from Boston Conservatory in 2008, where he served as assistant to Bruce Hangen. In September 2007, he was appointed as Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Chinese Choral Society. While in Boston, Mr. Chen also conducted the Boston Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Chinese Choral Society, Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association Choral Society, and Chorus Boston.

Chun-Ming began his conducting studies in Taiwan with Dr. Annie Chung in 2004 and was invited to conduct various concerts with the Central Region Five-School String Orchestra, Classic Orchestra in Taichung, and the Bei-An Symphony Orchestra in Taipei. In 2006, he was invited by the Tunghai University Opera Studio to conduct Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona. He has participated in conducting masterclasses with Donald Schleicher, Gerard Schwarz, Daniel Hege, Douglas Kinney Frost, Carl St. Clair, and Gustav Meier.