Christina Yi-Ping Chen-Beyers

Dr. Chen-BeyersUniversity Symphony Orchestra

Office: 218E Music Education Building
Phone: (701) 231-6501


  • D.M.A., University of Minnesota
  • M.M., Northwestern University
  • B.M., University of Toronto

Dr. Christina Yi-Ping Chen-Beyers currently serves as the Orchestra Director of the University Orchestra in Fargo-Moorhead, an ensemble which includes students from Minnesota State University-Moorhead and North Dakota State University. She is also the music director of the Mississippi Valley Orchestra in St. Paul and Northern Valley Youth Orchestras in Grand Forks. As a Sample Fellow in Conducting at the University Of Minnesota-Twin Cities she led the Campus Orchestra and founded the Campus String Orchestra and Summer Orchestra.

Dr. Chen-Beyers believes in the value of music as a powerful tool to bridge the divides between people. Her passion for community engagement led her to organize and conduct a performance of Bach’s St. John Passion with musicians from the University of Minnesota Orchestra and Choirs. In conjunction with this concert, she organized a dialogue about anti-Semitism among religious leaders in the twin-cities.

Dr. Chen-Beyers is active locally and internationally as clinician and educator. Recently she was invited to lead the European Middle School Honors Orchestra in Berlin which is organized by AMIS (The Association of Music in International Schools). She was also invited to lead an orchestra as part of the 2011 North Dakota String Teachers Association Orchestra Festival.

As an oboist she has extensive experience as a performer in numerous setting and has played under world-renowned conductors such as Daniel Harding and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. As an educator she currently holds positions as oboe instructor at University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University where she is excited to join the NDSU faculty woodwind quintet.

Dr. Chen-Beyers holds a D.M.A. degree in conducting from University of Minnesota; a Masters Degree in Orchestral Conducting from Northwestern University and a B.M. degree in Oboe Performance from the University of Toronto. Her principal conducting teachers include Mark Russell Smith, Victor Yampolsky, and Raffi Armenian. Her oboe teachers include John Snow, Grover Schiltz and Keith Atkinson.

Dr. Chen-Beyers resides in Moorhead with her husband Foster and enjoys taking long walks and watching the sunrise over the great plains.

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