Monica Chen. 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, Bramwell Tovey and Neil Varon. She was one of three finalists at Domaine Forget chosen to perform in concert with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec. Monica also has extensive experience in violin and pedagogy, having graduated from Indiana University with a MMus in Violin Performance studying under Mimi Zweig, and led her own studio as a member of the IU Pre-College String Academy. Monica is currently pursuing her Master’s in Orchestral Conducting with Dr. Jonathan Girard, and continuing her violin studies with Prof. Jasper Wood.She maintains a busy performance schedule, while teaching violin both locally and internationally online.