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Count Basie appoints director, head of music programs

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Count Basie appoints director, head of music programs

The Count Basie Center for the Arts has announced the appointment of Dr. Lucy Chen as its Head of Music Programs and Director of the organization’s Monmouth Conservatory of Music.

The public is invited to welcome Dr. Chen at the Monmouth Conservatory’s fall open house on Sept. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. at 65 Chestnut Street in Red Bank.

“I am honored to be joining the Count Basie Center for the Arts, and to work with this remarkable community of educators, musicians, students, and families,” Dr. Chen said.

Chen comes to the Basie after serving as a professor of music at Jacksonville’s Edward Waters College where she also served as Music Department Chair since 2017, according to a press release.

“I am impressed by the organization’s mission to provide high-quality music education programs to students of all ages, and by the community’s love and support for the arts,” Dr. Chen said.

“I am excited to share my passion, and to help impart the joy and life-changing impact that music has on our students, families, communities, and beyond,” Dr. Chen said.

“Once we finished building a new home for the Monmouth Conservatory of Music, we knew we’d be recruiting a director whose passion for music and entrepreneurial spirit could continue the program’s history of excellence,” said Adam Philipson, President and CEO of Count Basie Center for the Arts. “Dr. Chen embodies all of the qualities we were hoping for and we can’t wait to see her vision unfold.”

Dr. Chen is a teaching artist for the Kennedy Center’s Lift Every Student Initiative and founder/director of the Keys on Parade group piano program, a quality, non-profit music program serving underrepresented students in Jacksonville, FL, according to the press release.

Her education programs have been featured on the CW TV’s Real School, the National Federation of Music Clubs’ publication Sharps and Flats, and by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, according to the press release.

Many of Dr. Chen’s students have won national and international competitions and awards, according to the press release.

“Dr. Chen will be a wonderful addition to the Basie’s Monmouth Conservatory of Music,” said Gerd Nowaczyk, head of the school’s piano program. “In addition to being an accomplished pianist, Dr. Chen comes as a highly experienced music educator. I am confident that her leadership style, enthusiasm, and impressive background align with the Conservatory’s future direction.”

Dr. Chen received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and her Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Piano Performance from Boston University, according to the press release.

In 2014, she joined the Edward Waters College as professor of music, and she has served as Music Department Chair since 2017, according to the press release.

The Monmouth Conservatory of Music was founded in 1964 and was gifted to the Count Basie Center for the Arts in 2017.

The organizations’ missions are similar: to inspire, educate and entertain through distinct and engaging cultural and artistic offerings reflecting the diversity of the region, according to the press release.

As nonprofit organizations, the Basie Center and the Monmouth Conservatory are committed to enriching the community’s quality of life by generating opportunities for participation in the arts, partnering with schools, collaborating with other mission-based organizations and driving regional economic prosperity, according to the press release.

For more information, visit www.monmouthconservatory.org.

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