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Natalie Chia is the Director of the San José State University Symphonic Band. She holds a B.M. in Music Education and M.A. in Instrumental Conducting from San José State University. While pursuing her degrees, she served as a graduate assistant in the beginning and advanced conducting classes and guest conducted the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Saxophone Ensemble, and Brass Ensemble. She has also been featured as a guest conductor with the Diablo Valley College Symphonic Band, Philharmonic Orchestra, and Percussion Ensemble. Professor Chia has assisted the piano and band programs at William C. Overfelt High School and Monroe Middle School through fellowships sponsored by the California Music Project, a pilot program launched by San José State University’s music education department to help local low-income music programs. She is also a Kindermusik and piano instructor at U Music Education Foundation.
As a saxophonist, Professor Chia performed the Concerto by Glazunov with the Diablo Valley College Wind Ensemble. She was a member of the Washington Square Saxophone Quartet when they won the San José State University Concerto Competition and performed the Concerto for Saxophone Quartet by Philip Glass with the SJSU Symphony Orchestra. She was also part of the saxophone trio that was showcased with the SJSU Wind Ensemble when David Maslanka’s Hell’s Gate was performed. Professor Chia was also a member of the prestigious Philharmonic Winds in Singapore when the band was awarded Gold with Distinction at the 15th World Music Contest in Kerkrade, Netherlands.