A music director for Yonkers

A music director for Yonkers


norman lebrecht

June 05, 2015

Tong Chen, a former assistant conductor of the Shanghai Opera, has been named music director in the fourth largest city in New York state. She teaches at NY City University.

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  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

    Great news! Tong Chen is a wonderful musician and very respected maestra! This will be a tremendous growth spurt for this orchestra! Congratulations to Tong Chen!!

  • Michael Klotz says:

    Congrats to her and nice to learn that Yonkers is the fourth largest city in NY State. I always thought it was NYC, Buffalo, Rochester (my hometown) then Syracuse…

  • Felipe Tristan says:

    Brava maestra Chen, and congratulations to the Yonkers Philharmonic!

  • Tito Munoz says:

    She actually teaches at Queens College, which is part of CUNY (City University of New York), and is where I also attended, but for violin. She recieved her graduate and post graduate diplomas in conducting from the school.


    Congrats to her!

  • Magdalena Garbalińska says:

    Congratulations Tong! Brava!

  • Dian.Z says:

    Bravo Tong! She went to Peabody Conservatory with me as well!!

  • Jennifer Bausch says:

    Good for her and kudos. But Yonkers is a very, very, minor amateur orchestra, so why they hoopla? Not detracting from the Maestra’s thunder and sure she will move on and up, but this is a non-orchestra in the professional arena. With 30 years playing in NYC, I never heard of it and had to look it up.