Jing Chen is a native of Chicagoland and grew up playing viola with the West Suburban Youth Orchestras and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. This early exposure to symphonic music and traveling to give concerts gave her a unique perspective on the arts. She chose to study viola performance, French literature, and sociocultural linguistic anthropology at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana to bridge music with communication as a larger process. Outside of the academic year, Jing has performed at opera and chamber music festivals in the U.S., France, and Oman.
While in Chicago, she free lances with various ensembles that have included the Chicago Composer’s Orchestra, Candid Concert Opera, and the Evanston Symphony Orchestra. In addition to teaching a private studio, she works with the People’s Music School YOURS Project in Chicago’s diverse Albany Park neighborhood to give violin and viola lessons as part of a free music education program. Having been given a healthy public and private music education, she feels it is a high priority to maintain arts programs in public schools.
Going forward from Fresh Inc, Jing continues collecting and expanding the contemporary viola repertoire, because, let’s face it, the viola needs more music. Also, the range of sonorities the viola offers makes it an ideal instrument to write for.
Anna Meadors – Of Lightness
for flute, flute, oboe, oboe, clarinet, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, bass
Jared Miller – Brushstrokes
for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello, bass, piano