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Ruiran Xun

Ruiran Xun


Ruiran Xun[*] (she/her) is a collaborative pianist and music director based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

She is a 2022 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where she received B.S. degrees in chemistry and computer science, but was consistently involved in theatre and other musical endeavors outside of academics. She also earned a minor in collaborative piano from the School of Music. 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). While at CMU, she was assistant conductor for the All-University Orchestra; music directed three mainstage productions by Scotch’n’Soda Theatre, a student-led theatre organization; and participated in many more projects in various capacities (composer, arranger, pianist).

Throughout the Bay, Ruiran has contributed to many productions as a music director, vocal director, rehearsal pianist, and/or audition pianist. She has also subbed as a rehearsal pianist, pit keyboardist, and/or conductor for other projects. Some local companies she’s worked for include Sunnyvale Community Players (Next to Normal, The Little Mermaid, Sweeney Todd), Cabrillo Stage (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, In the Heights), The Pear Theatre (Falsettos), South Bay Musical Theatre (A Little Night Music, Mary Poppins), Foothill Music Theatre (Legally Blonde), and Stanford TAPS (Assassins).

Ruiran is particularly interested in developing new works as a music director and/or music assistant. Recent new work credits include JUSTICE: A New Musical, written by Lauren Gunderson, Kait Kerrigan, and Bree Lowdermilk (music director, Marin Theatre Company workshop & production, 2022–2023); and TRAVELS, written by James Harrison Monaco (music assistant, Ars Nova workshop, 2023).

She will be relocating to NYC in the summer of 2024.

[*] name pronunciation: roo-RAN SHREEN

Professional Experience

  • Regional
  • Concerts/Cabaret
  • Education


  • NYC/Tri-State Area
  • Northern California

Interested in touring?

  • Yes

Hireable as

  • Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
  • Music Director/Conductor (Not Pianist)
  • Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
  • Music Assistant
  • Music Copyist
  • Music Transcriber
  • Pit Musician (Keyboards)
  • Pit Musician (Other)
  • Keyboard Programmer
  • Audition Pianist
  • Class/Voice Lesson/Rehearsal Pianist

My Primary Instrument

  • piano

My Instruments

  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Synth - keyboards
  • Violin
  • Voice


  • Ableton
  • Dorico
  • Finale
  • GarageBand
  • Logic
  • MainStage




  • She/Her