Currently Teaching: Music Academy
A native of Rochester, New York, Jessica Chen is a dedicated and accomplished violinist, violin teacher, and arts advocate. In her fifth year of professionally performing and teaching, Chen is committed to connecting with audiences through rich and unique musical experiences. As a teacher, Chen provides students with a comprehensive and holistic approach, engaging students of all learning styles.
Chen has performed orchestral, chamber, and new music at festivals including Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, Round Top Festival Institute, Meadowmount School of Music, Scotia Festival of Music, and Tuscia Operafestival. Chen has also served as assistant concertmaster of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Chen has served as a performer and teaching artist with the renowned Very Young Composers program, helping bring to life and premiering dozens of students’ compositions.
An experienced educator, Chen has worked with students of all ages in various settings, including the Brevard Music Center, Interlochen Arts Center, and public schools across New York and Colorado. She has also led sectional coaching as a mentor for Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra. From 2013-2015, she served as the director of First Notes, an El Sistema-inspired program in Vail, Colorado. Chen has completed Suzuki training through Violin Unit Two and participated in the 2013 Starling-DeLay Symposium for Violin Studies at the Juilliard School. Her work in arts outreach includes presentations at Ithaca College’s James J. Whalen Academic Symposium and the 2013 and 2015 National American String Teachers Association (ASTA) conferences.
Chen holds a bachelor of music from Ithaca College (Ithaca, New York) in violin performance and music education, where she studied with Nicholas DiEugenio. At Ithaca College, Chen performed with the Symphony Orchestra, which garnered multiple Adventurous Programming awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and played in venues such as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City. Currently, Jessica is pursuing her master’s degree in violin performance at the University of Colorado Boulder, studying with Harumi Rhodes. At CU Boulder, she also serves as the president of the CU ASTA student chapter. Jessica has performed in master classes for Giora Schmidt, Charles Castleman, Violaine Melancon, and The Ying Quartet. Jessica’s hobbies include hiking, traveling, and skiing.