MONICA DING hails from Mount Prospect, IL. She attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland on a full scholarship where she received a B.M. degree in 1996. Monica then attended Northwestern University, where she graduated in 1997 with a M.M. degree in oboe performance. She has performed with the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra in Mexico, the Tamaulipas Music Festival Orchestra, the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Philharmonia, and the International Chamber Music Festival in Prague, and has been Professor of Oboe at the Zacatecas University in Zacatecas, Mexico. Her teachers have been Ray Still, Sara Watkins and Carl Sonik. She joined the USAF of the Golden West in 2002 and has been a member of the Academy Band since 2007, holding the rank of Technical Sergeant, and currently performs with the Concert Band, Rampart Winds, and the Marching Band. She teaches oboe lessons at Colorado College and is the newest member of the Colorado College Woodwind Quintet.