Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music

Aaron Copland School of Music

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All faculty can be reached via email, and individual appointments can arranged between students and faculty.

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Hours and Location

Music Building
Room 203
Queens College, CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Queens, NY 11367-1597
(Tel) 718-997-3800
(Fax) 718-997-3849

The Music Office does not accept walk-in appointments. All appointments (in-person and virtual) must be made 1-2 business days prior to the meeting. A music staff is in the office from Monday through Thursday, and the office operates virtually on Fridays.

To schedule an appointment with a music staff, please use this link.
Phone messages will be returned in 2-3 business days. You can also email ACSM@qc.cuny.edu to reach the music staff.
We appreciate your patience!

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Tong Chen

Tong Chen

Adjunct Professor

Fields of Study:
Orchestral Conducting

Biographical Information:
Ms. Chen has worked with numerous orchestras across the globe, including Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (Brazil), Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Besançon Symphony Orchestra (France), Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Orchestra, Peabody Symphony Orchestra, XiaMen Philharmonic (China) and Shanghai Opera House. A frequent cover conductor with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop, she has also engaged as the cover conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

In 2012, Tong was chosen by Kurt Masur, former music director of New York Philharmonic and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, as the recipient of the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship. A conducting fellow of the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, Tong studied with and mentored by David Zinman for two summers, along with other guest conductors.

Ms. Chen is a prize winner in 2012 of the prestigious International Malko Conducting Competition held every four years in Copenhagen, Denmark and a semi-finalist of the International Besançon Competition for Young Conductors in France.

Tong Chen was the assistant conductor of the Shanghai Opera House from 2004 through 2009, where she conducted more than fifty concerts, performing in most of the major concert halls in China and frequently returning as a guest conductor.


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