Rongbing Shen, a native of Shenzhen, China. She is the clarinetist for The Valley Winds ensemble, the co-founder of Five Times Windy wind quintet and the former principal clarinet for the UMass symphony band and All-University Orchestra. She started her music career since she was six and studied aboard in her junior year in high school. Under the direction of Stephen Massey, former Foxborough band director, she further discovered her musical interests and potentials. Rongbing is currently pursuing her music performance and music education degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst under Romie de Guise-Langlois and Bixby Kennedy. She has participated in various music conferences, such as the 2018 Berklee China- U.S. music summit and international clarinet association 2019 Clarinetfest, where she performed with the collegiate choir at the festival. She has also been accepted to Music house international summer festival and ARIA International Summer Academy, where she played in masterclasses and studied with many accomplished clarinetists, such as Eugene Mondie, Guy Yehuda, Ron Samuels, and Jonathan Gunn. Not only she served as an active ensemble member, but she is also a community music advocate. She 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 book store to support “Bach in the subway” global movement and UMass Bach festival and symposium.
Rongbing has been invited as guest artist and soloist to perform at UMass Chinese musical gala and International students & scholars graduation reception. Lately, she has been invited to serve as music director for the Chinese culture association. She 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; Yale University, Concord high school with UMass Wind Ensemble. Besides, she premieres a newly commissioned symphony by composer David Biedenbender with UMass Wind Ensemble.