Marlena Chow Morgan, Violin
David and Cecile Wang Chair
Marlena Chow Morgan received her Bachelor of Music in violin performance at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where she studied with Malcolm Lowe, the concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Prior to joining the Naples Philharmonic, she was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach.
Her summers are spent in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she has been a member of the Grammy Award-winning Santa Fe Opera Orchestra since 2003.
As a soloist, Marlena has appeared with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado; the New World Symphony; and the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis. As a chamber musician, she has performed with members of the Naples Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, the New England Conservatory, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Musicorda Summer String Program, and at the Tanglewood and Aspen music festivals. She has also been a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota and the Headwaters Music Festival.
A certified Suzuki violin teacher, she enjoys maintaining a private teaching studio in Naples.
Marlena has been a member of the Naples Philharmonic since 2001.
I was born in Lake Elmo, Minnesota (a suburb of the Twin Cities). I attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where I received my Bachelor of Music in violin performance. I was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach for one year until I joined the Naples Philharmonic in the fall of 2001.
What has been your most memorable moment with the orchestra?
After so many years in the orchestra, there are too many to recall!
What inspired you to become a musician?
I began playing both violin and piano at age 4, so music has almost always been a big part of my life. In 1995, I was at the Aspen Music Festival performing the Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 with James DePriest conducting, and that was the moment that I knew playing in an orchestra was what I wanted to do for my career.
What is the most enjoyable part of your job?
Aside from the numerous enjoyable musical aspects, the people in the orchestra really make this job so special.
I am a member of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and have enjoyed spending summers in New Mexico since 2003.