TONG CHEN has been appointed assistant conductor at the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, where she has served as a cover conductor for the past five years. Chen most recently led the NJSO Chamber Players at the Newark Museum of Art in June, and led education concerts with the NJSO in the fall of 2019. In 2020–21, Chen made her debut with the Louisiana Philharmonic; the 2019–20 season included debuts with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic, and Rutgers (NJ) Symphony Orchestra, and work with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Budapest Festival Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl. Chen has worked with American orchestras including the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Richmond Symphony as well as international ensembles. Born in Shanghai, China, Chen is a regular guest conductor with orchestras throughout China. This season marks Chen’s sixth anniversary as music director of the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra in New York; she is a regular guest conductor at the Manhattan School of Music and Montclair State University and a guest lecturer at Shanghai Conservatory of Music.