DMA Student Youming Chen Receives One Year Appointment to Kansas City Symphony


Conservatory DMA student and violist Youming Chen, who studies with Scott Lee, has received a one-year appointment to perform with the Kansas City Symphony. 

Of the appointment Youming notes, "The thrill and excitement of playing with the Kansas City Symphony has been nonstop since the beginning of the season.  I used to sub for the Symphony, but now I get to meet and play side by side with all of the regular members, who are among the elites of this nation.  The number of powerhouse soloists who are part of this season is exhilarating!  I am psyched to be a part of Kansas City Symphony this year!."

Mr. Chen’s teachers include Paul Neubauer, Toby Appel, Hsin-Yun Huang,Yizhak Schotten, Victoria Chiang, Alan de Veritch, and Ben Lin.  His chamber coaches include members of Brentano, Chester, Cleveland, Concord, Emerson, Guaneri, Juilliard, Mendelssohn, and Orion quartets.  He received his MM from Juilliard School, BM from University of Michigan.

Professor Lee said, "Youming has always been a excellent leader in our UMKC Conservatory Orchestra. I am not a bit surprised that he was offered this position at our Kansas City Symphony.  He has a great sence of musicality, coupled with the technique to carry out his musical ideas.  Right now, sky is the limit for him.  Also, such a team player as he is, I can see that he would be a great fit in the Kansas City Symphony, under the direction of Michael Stern."

Mr. Chen serves as a chamber music faculty for Heartland Music Academy’s Stringendo and Chamber Music Festival, both programs are designed to nurture young musicians through chamber music.  He also teaches at Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary in Pennsylvania. 


For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949