Canadian-born Maureen Yuen-Mathai (Ed.D., Columbia University, M.Mus., University of British Columbia), violinist, has performed, taught, and adjudicated in North and Central America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. She is a member of the College of Examiners of the Royal Conservatory of Music as well as a senior adjudicator and strings specialist for the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (formerly the Carnegie Hall Achievement Program). In addition, she has served on the summer faculties of the Schlern International Music Festival in the Italian Alps, the National Music Festival in Maryland, USA, Music/Meadows/Mountains in Washington, USA, and the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado, USA as Artist/Faculty and as a member of the Bellingham Festival Orchestra, whose recordings can often be heard on National Public Radio’s Performance Today. Active in chamber music collaborations and coachings, she was a founding member of the English Bay String Quartet, which regularly toured North America and the Caribbean. Her active schedule also includes solo and chamber music performances, adjudication and master classes worldwide, including the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, the University of Nairobi (Kenya), and across Japan as a mentor with the New York Symphonic Ensemble.
Her interest in new music has led to collaborations with composers Chen Yi, Augusta Read Thomas and Adrienne Elisha. In 2011, Dr. Yuen-Mathai co-founded the annual composition competition at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia with Rob Deemer.
In addition to her performing and teaching duties, her scholarly research focuses on improving pre-college violin training in the United States and diversifying/decolonizing the applied music studio. She has also taught at the SUNY Fredonia (Fredonia, NY), Mercyhurst University (Erie, PA), and Columbia University (New York, NY). Her students have gone on to receive graduate scholarships and assistantships at the Juilliard School, Indiana University, University of Massachusetts, Bowling Green State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and more.
Dr. Yuen-Mathai is the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, selected from a pool of nominees from the 64 campuses that compose the State University of New York. She joined the faculty at Drake University in 2019 as Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola.