Canadian-born Maureen Yuen is thrilled to join the dynamic faculty in the Department of Music at Drake University as Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola. She 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.
Active in chamber music collaborations and coachings, she was a founding member of the English Bay String Quartet, which toured North America and the Caribbean for many years. 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. She is also a member of the Bellingham Festival Orchestra, whose recordings can often be heard on National Public Radio’s Performance Today.
Her interest in new music has led to collaborations with composers Chen Yi, Augusta Read Thomas and Adrienne Elisha, as well as being a featured performer at the Composer’s Workshop at the annual New York State School Music Association Winter Conferences in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, Prof. Yuen co-founded the annual composition competition at the State University of New York at Fredonia with Rob Deemer.
In addition to her performing and teaching duties, she is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Teachers College, Columbia University, where her research focus is on effective violin pedagogy. She was previously on the faculty of the School of Music at the State University of New York at Fredonia from 2004-2019 where she was 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.