Technical Sergeant Monica J. Ding joined the United States Air Force Academy Band, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, in October 2007. She currently performs on oboe with Rampart Winds and Concert Band. She also performs on clarinet with the Marching Band. In addition to her musical duties, Sergeant Ding serves as the Noncommissioned Officer In Charge of the band’s library and chamber recital series.
Sergeant Ding originated from Mount Prospect, IL. She attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland on a full tuition Director's Scholarship where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in 1996. In 1997, she graduated with a Master of Music degree from the Northwestern University. Sergeant Ding has been a member of or performed with numerous ensembles, including the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra in Mexico, the Tamaulipas Music Festival Orchestra, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Philharmonia, the International Chamber Music Festival in Prague, Czech Republic, the Vallejo Symphony, the Sacramento Philharmonic, and the Napa Valley Symphony. As an educator, Sergeant Ding has been Professor of Oboe at the Zacatecas University in Zacatecas, Mexico and was Ray Still's teaching assistant at Northwestern University. She currently augments the teaching staff at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO. Sergeant Ding has had the privilege to study under such instructors as Ray Still, Sara Watkins, Thomas Indermühler, Peter Cooper, Immanuel Davis and Carl Sonik.
1996 Bachelor of Music, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
1997 Master of Music, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL