Hailing from Shenzhen, China, Rongbing Shen is the clarinetist for The Valley Winds Ensemble in Amherst, MA, the orchestral intern and personnel manager for the Pioneer Valley Symphony (PVS), and the former principal clarinet for the UMass Amherst Symphony Band and All-University Orchestra. She started her music career when she was six and studied abroad in her junior year of high school. Under the direction of Stephen Massey, former Foxborough band director, she further discovered her musical interests and is currently pursuing a Music Education and Clarinet Performance degree at the University of Massachusetts under Romie de Guise-Langlois and Bixby Kennedy. Shen has participated in various music conferences, such as the 2018 Berklee China–U.S. music summit, International Clarinet Association’s 2019 Clarinetfest, 2019 and 2020 Midwest Clinic, 2020 virtual Women Band Directors International conference. She was also invited as a guest artist to perform in the 2020 Clarinetfest with her clarinet, saxophone, and piano trio. Shen has been accepted to several summer and winter music programs, including 2019 and 2021 ARIA International Summer Academy, 2021 Buffet Crampon Virtual Clarinet Academy, and Sewanee Winterfest, where she played in masterclasses and studied with many accomplished clarinetists, including Diana Haskell, Philippe Cuper, Jonathan Gunn, and Chad Burrow. An active ensemble member and a community music advocate, Shen helps coordinate the first and second annual UMass Clarinet Day, 2020 and 2021 CLARIconNEcT, and successfully promoted the event both domestically and internationally. Shen also enjoys playing for the public and bringing music to the local elderly home. In 2019, she has performed at the Linda Manor Extended Care Family and at Amherst bookstore to support the “Bach in the subway” global movement and UMass Bach festival and symposium.
Shen has traveled to Canada, Connecticut, western Massachusetts, and performed separately at Toronto Center for Performing Arts, Trinity College, and Boston Symphony Hall with the Foxborough High School Orchestra; Yale University, Concord high school with UMass Wind Ensemble. Besides, she commissioned a symphony by composer David Biedenbender with UMass Wind Ensemble in 2019, and premiered Michael in Lorio’s Hypnos, a duet for Bb clarinet and vibe in 2020 and Alex Letourneausa’s Indigo, a solo clarinet piece in 2021. Since the start of the pandemic, Shen has worked on 15+ digital music projects with her chamber ensemble and professional band to continue uniting people worldwide and sharing positivities with others during this uneasy time. One of her most gratifying collaborative projects is the one she co-organized with her trio, Hope trio, it consists of their recording of Serenity by Cait Nishimura and 100+ photos/videos submissions of people’s favorite moments from all over the world.
Rongbing Shen, a native of Shenzhen, China. She is the clarinetist for The Valley Winds ensemble and the co-founder of Five Times Windy wind quintet. Rongbing is currently pursuing her Music Performance and Education degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst under Romie de Guise-Langlois. In recent years, she has participated in various music conferences and festivals and enjoyed premiering new chamber repertories and bringing music to the local community.