The Taiwanese conductor, Chun-Ming Chen (Jimmy) (Chinese: 陳俊明), started his music studies as a percussionist in 1995 and later studied saxophone with Jung-Chang Ho and Cheng-Hsiu Li. From 1999 to 2004, he studied saxophone with Hsien Li and Ching-Hsien Yen and conducting with Dr. Annie Chung at Tunghai University (Taichung, Taiwan), where he gave five solo recitals and multiple chamber music performances. As a 2000 concerto competition winner, he performed Jacques Ibert: Concertino da Camera for Alto Saxophone at the Shin Min High School with Tunghai University Symphony Orchestra. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance in 2004 from Tunghai University.
After serving in Ministry of National Defense Band in 2004 and 2005, Chun-Ming Chen came to the USA for further studies. Mr. Chen received his Master of Music degrees in Orchestral Conducting from Boston Conservatory (2006-2008) and Ithaca College in New York (2009-2011). At Ithaca, he studied with Dr. Jeffery Meyer and served as the Assistant Conductor of the Ithaca College Symphony and Chamber Orchestras and was the Co-Director of the Ithaca College Sinfonietta (2009-2011). While in Boston he served as assistant to Mr. Bruce Hangen (2007). In September 2007, he was appointed as Music Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Chinese Choral Society in Boston (2007-2009). He moved to Iowa in 2011 to pursuit a Doctoral degree in Music (Orchestral Conducting) under Dr. William Larue Jones’ direction at The University of Iowa. While in Iowa, Chun-Ming Chen has served as Teaching Assistant in Orchestral conducting from 2011 to 2014 and Orchestra manager from 2012 to 2014. He also was Assistant Conductor of the University of Iowa Opera Productions, and Assistant Conductor of Boston Conservatory Opera Productions.
Chun-Ming Chen is currently holding the positions of Acting Director of Coe College Symphony Orchestra in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (since 2013), Music Director of Artists Chamber Orchestra in Miaoli, Taiwan (since 2012), and Choir Conductor of First Baptist Church Choir in Iowa City, Iowa (since 2012).. He is also a doctoral candidate (ABD) in orchestral conducting at the University of Iowa.
Before coming to the USA, Chun-Ming Chen has appeared as guest conductor of the Central Region Five-School String Orchestra, Classic Orchestra in Taichung, Wufeng Junior High School String Orchestra, Bei-An Symphony Orchestra in Taipei, and Tunghai University Opera Department. In the USA, he has guest conducted the Boston Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association Choral Society, Chorus Boston, Cornell Chamber Orchestra, and Cornell Symphony Orchestra. In summer of 2012 and 2013, he was invited by the Miaoli Wind Ensemble in Taiwan to guest conduct their summer concerts, which led into his collaboration with the Artists Chamber Orchestra in Taiwan.
Chun-Ming Chen is now teaching at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and writing his DMA essay on the Taiwanese composer, Tai-Hsiang Li.