Quyen Nguyen is our Prelude/Intermezzo Conductor and has enjoyed a versatile and varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and educator. She has performed in Europe and the United States, won numerous awards in local, state, and national competitions, and has had the honor of representing the U.S. in international competitions.
In 1999, she made her solo viola debut with both the Young Artists Symphony and the Mount Carmel Symphony Orchestra. In 2006, she was handpicked by composer Douglas Pipes to be the viola soloist for Columbia Pictures’ soundtrack of the movie “Monster House.”
An acclaimed chamber musician, she was a founding member of the Velvet String Quartet, the Acht Stucke Trio, and the Goldberg Quartet.
Ms. Quyen has held positions as principal violist with the Poway Symphony Orchestra, National Honors Orchestra, Northridge Symphony, UCSD Symphony Orchestra, California “All-State” Orchestra, Young Artists Symphony, and Civic Youth Orchestra. She has also performed with the La Jolla Symphony, American Youth Symphony, and Debut Orchestra.
A devoted music educator, Ms. Quyen has served as Director of Strings at the Seoul School of Music, Director of Piano & Strings at Vibe Performing Arts Studios in Los Angeles, Associate Dean at the San Diego Institute of Music, and Music Producer at 500 Fingers Productions. She has also conducted clinics and masterclasses for the Kadima Conservatory Philharmonic and the Northridge Youth Philharmonic. Currently, she is the President-Elect of the American String Teachers’ Association - California Chapter and the Past President & Treasurer of CalASTA - San Diego.
She takes great pride in teaching music and looks forward to bringing the joy of music into the lives of her students each day.