Instructor

Dr. Yi-Ping Chen currently teaches conducting at James Madison University and serves as executive director of Spring String Thing. Previously she held position as the Orchestra Director of the University Orchestra at Minnesota State University-Moorhead and North Dakota State University. Devoted to enriching the community with arts, she served as conductor of Fargo-Moorhead Ballet Company’s Wonderland Orchestra. She also collaborated with numerous arts organizations while conducting the Northern Valley Youth Orchestras in Grand Forks.

As an educator and performer, she held positions as oboe instructor at Minnesota State University Moorhead, University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University.

Dr. Chen holds a DMA degree in conducting from University of Minnesota; a Masters Degree in Orchestral Conducting from Northwestern University; a Bachelor Degree in Oboe from University of Toronto.

Yi-Ping resides in Staunton with her husband Foster and daughter Amelia.

Ensemble Directors

Stephen Bolstad

Stephen P. Bolstad
Professor, Director of Bands
Ensemble Area Coordinator
bolstasp@jmu.edu
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Scott Rikkers

Scott Rikkers
Director of the Marching Royal Dukes, Assistant Director of Bands
rikkersd@jmu.edu
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Assistant Director of Bands, Director of Pep Band

Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy

Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy
Associate Professor, Director of Choral Activities
vanderjx@jmu.edu
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Bryce Hayes

W. Bryce Hayes
Associate Professor, Associate Director of Choral Activities
hayeswb@jmu.edu
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Chuck Dotas

Chuck Dotas
Professor, Director of Jazz Studies
dotascj@jmu.edu
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David Stringham

David Stringham
Associate Professor, Music and Human Services Minor Coordinator
stringda@jmu.edu
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Foster Beyers

Foster Beyers
Assistant Professor
Director of Orchestras
beyersfj@jmu.edu
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Don Rierson

Don Rierson
Associate Professor, Director of Opera and Music Theatre
riersodg@jmu.edu
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