Jessica Chen

Violin Teacher

Jessica Chen

SAA Member


Boulder, CO
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A native of Rochester, NY, Jessica Chen is a passionate, dedicated, and accomplished violinist and violin teacher. Jessica is committed to providing a holistic and whole-musician approach when working with students, as well as maintaining an active performing career.

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY)  in violin performance and music education, where she studied with Nicholas DiEugenio. Currently, Jessica is pursuing her master’s degree in violin performance from the University of Colorado-Boulder, studying with Harumi Rhodes. Jessica has performed in master classes for musicians including Giora Schmidt, Charles Castleman, Violaine Melancon, and The Ying Quartet.

An experienced educator, Jessica has worked with students of all ages, previously serving as the director of First Notes, an El Sistema-inspired program in Vail, CO.  While at Ithaca College, Jessica taught students in private, small group, and large ensemble settings, from K-12.  She has also worked extensively with students in a residential setting at programs including Interlochen Arts Camp and Brevard Music Center. Jessica has completed Suzuki training through Violin Unit 3, with plans for continued study. She has participated in the Juilliard School’s Starling-DeLay Symposium for Violin Studies and UNC-Chapel Hill’s Luby Violin Symposium. Her work in arts outreach includes presentations at the 2017 Colorado Music Educators Assocation and the 2013 and 2015 National American String Teachers Association (ASTA) conferences. In 2017, Jessica received the National ASTA Student Exemplary Service Award for her work as president of the CU Boulder ASTA Chapter.

Jessica has performed orchestral, chamber, and new music with ensembles including the Boulder Bach Festival, Opera NEO, and the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, where she served as assistant concertmaster. She has attended summer music festivals across the United States and internationally, including Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, Round Top Festival Institute, Meadowmount School of Music, Scotia Festival of Music, and Tuscia Operafestival. In addition, Jessica has served as a performer and teaching artist with the renowned Very Young Composers program.