Music

This page is intended to be a digital curriculum vitae for my musical endeavors, including a comprehensive list of projects, collaborations, performances, etc. in which I’ve been involved! Long story short, I spend 95% of my time outside of academics working on music-related extracurriculars, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Biography

Ruiran Xun (she/her) is a Pittsburgh-based collaborative pianist and music director. She is a rising senior at Carnegie Mellon University studying chemistry and computer science, and outside of academics she is actively involved in theatre and other musical endeavors. Ruiran has previously worked with the Pittsburgh Festival Opera (resident artist pianist, assistant music director) and the CMU School of Music (voice lesson and rehearsal pianist). She’s currently the assistant conductor for the CMU All-University Orchestra, and continues to serve in various music direction-adjacent roles on productions by Scotch’n’Soda Theatre, CMU’s student-led theatre organization.

Productions and Performances

Opera

  • The Turn of the Screw (rehearsal pianist) @ CMU School of Music, 04/2020. Dir. Kyle Lang, cond. Sara Jobin. Production timeline cut short due to COVID-19.
  • Virgula Divina (music director, conductor, pianist) @ Pittsburgh Festival Opera, 07/2019. Dir. Rose Freeman, co-mus. dir. Robert Frankenberry.
  • Night Flight of Minerva’s Owl (music director, pianist) @ Pittsburgh Festival Opera, 07/2019. Dir. Rose Freeman, co-mus. dir. Robert Frankenberry.
  • Die Liebe der Danae (pianist) @ Pittsburgh Festival Opera, 07/2019. Dir. Rose Freeman, cond. Benjamin Makino.
  • Mister Rogers’ Operas (asst. music director, pianist) @ Pittsburgh Festival Opera, 07/2019. Dir. Tomé Cousin, mus. dir. Robert Frankenberry.

Musical Theatre

  • The Rocky Horror Show (music director) @ Scotch’n’Soda Theatre, 10/2021.
  • The Great Hunger (composer) @ The Tank, 09/2021. Wr. Kallan Dana, dir. Erica Schnitzer.
  • Little Shop of Horrors (pianist, audio editor) @ Scotch’n’Soda Theatre, 04/2021.
  • Behind Closed Doors (composer, audio editor) @ Scotch’n’Soda Theatre, 10/2020.
  • S’n’Sings: Side by Side by Side (music director, pianist) @ Scotch’n’Soda Theatre, 05/2020.
  • This Side Up (pianist) @ CMU School of Music, 02/2020. Wr. Matthew Zwiebel.
  • The Light in the Piazza (rehearsal pianist) @ CMU School of Music, 01/2020. Dir. Seamus Ricci, cond. Christopher Larkin.
  • Birds & Beansprouts (pianist) @ CMU School of Drama, 12/2019. Wr. Joe Young, dir. Emma Cordray, mus. dir. Joshua Gregg Fried.
  • Catch Me If You Can (pianist) @ Scotch’n’Soda Theatre, 10/2019.
  • 12th Annual Benefit Cabaret (pit violinist) @ Scotch’n’Soda Theatre, 10/2019.
  • High School Choosical (pianist) @ New Works Coffeehouse, 05/2019.
  • Miscast Cabaret (pianist) @ Scotch’n’Soda Theatre, 05/2019.
  • MAMMA MIA! (music director, pianist) @ Scotch’n’Soda Theatre, 04/2019.
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (rehearsal pianist, pit percussionist) @ Scotch’n’Soda Theatre, 10/2018.
  • 11th Annual Benefit Cabaret (pianist) @ Scotch’n’Soda Theatre, 10/2018.
  • Mary Poppins (pianist) @ TJ Theater Arts, 02/2018.

Recitals

Miscellaneous

Work Experience

  • CMU School of Music (accompanist), 09/2018–03/2020, Pittsburgh, PA. Played piano for first- and second-year voice students’ lessons, and worked as a rehearsal pianist for a few of the departments’ opera productions.
  • Pittsburgh Opera (mobile app operator), 10/2019, Pittsburgh, PA. Ran cues for curated content provided through the Pittsburgh Opera Mobile App during the company’s run of Don Giovanni.
  • Pittsburgh Festival Opera (resident artist pianist), 06/2019–07/2019, Pittsburgh, PA. Worked on multiple productions, as well as played piano for coachings, recitals, and cabarets in the Young Professional Artists Program.

Skills

  • Instruments: piano (15+ yrs), violin (10+ yrs), mallet percussion (2 yrs), voice (3+ yrs, caveat: everything I know is second-hand knowledge from playing piano for many, many rehearsals and voice lessons)
  • Software: MainStage, Dorico, Logic Pro, GarageBand, Audacity
  • Other: conducting, music direction, sightreading, transcription, absolute pitch (I suppose the last one’s technically not a skill…)

References

References available upon request.