To meet growing demand, we are accepting applications from qualified musicians on an ongoing basis.

All positions are full-time; we currently do not have any part-time openings. Annual salaries for newly hired musicians generally start at $36,000 (for those with a master's or equivalent degree). We also provide all meals free of charge at our facilities in New York State, and complete coverage of travel and accommodations during touring periods (a total of roughly six months).

Shen Yun’s mission is to revive 5,000 years of civilization through performing arts. As the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company, we produce an all-new program every year.

Our dance and music production performs at top theaters worldwide, including New York’s Lincoln Center, Washington’s Kennedy Center, Sydney’s Capitol Theatre, and the London Coliseum. Additionally, our Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra performs original compositions and classical masterpieces at Carnegie Hall and other celebrated venues.

Candidates should review all details on all following pages: Qualifications, Available Positions, and How to Apply. Questions may be sent to auditions@shenyunperformingarts.org


We are offering full-time positions to address the needs of our ever-growing organization. A masters degree or above is preferred, but soon-to-graduate artists are also welcome to apply, provided they are experienced and highly qualified. 

As the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company, Shen Yun’s mission is to revive 5,000 years of Chinese civilization. To better promote this culture and its enduring values through our performances, we draw upon the ancient practice of Falun Dafa, cultivating Zhen (Truthfulness), Shan (Compassion), Ren (Forbearance) in our daily lives. Through the guidance of these principles, our members are able to attain a state of tranquility that enables them to restore this divinely inspired culture.

Applicants should thus be open to learning Falun Dafa and following its principles of “Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance.” We suggest candidates familiarize themselves with the practice by visiting www.FalunDafa.org. There one will find the books Falun Gong and Zhuan Falun, along with instructions on the five gentle meditative exercises that are easy to learn and completely free of charge.

We invite you to visit our new section, Shen Yun & Spirituality: What is Falun Dafa?

String Instruments


    Please prepare the following:

    Mozart: concerto of choice (1st movement) with cadenza
    Any major concerto of the Romantic era: 1st movement with cadenza 
    Orchestral excerpts (1st violin parts):
    • •   (2nd violin part)  Smetana: Overture to Bartered Bride, beginning to DB of m. 52
    • •   R. Strauss: Don Juan, beginning to 13 after [C]
    • •   Brahms: Symphony No. 1, mvt. IV, mm. 22-28, m. 92 to DB of m. 132 
    • •   Mozart: Symphony No. 39, mvt. IV, beginning to m. 78
    • •   Mozart: Symphony No. 39, mvt. II, beginning to m. 27, mm. 30-60 [CUT m. 39, PLAY ENTIRE m. 38 and GO DIRECTLY TO DB m. 44]
    • •   Mendelssohn: Scherzo from Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61, beginning to m. 99
    • •   Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, mvt. III: m. 99-114 (L'istesso tempo)
    • •   Brahms: Symphony No. 4, mvt. III: beginning to DB of m. 63 [C]
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    Please prepare the following:

    1st movement with cadenza from either Stamitz or Hoffmeister concerto, or equivalent composer before 1900
    Two contrasting movements of any J.S. Bach solo work
    Orchestral excerpts:
    • •   Beethoven:  Symphony 5 mvt 2 - beginning to m. 106
    • •   Brahms:  Variations on theme by haydn - variations V and VII
    • •   Mendelssohn:  Scherzo from Midsummer - m. 17 - D
    • •   Mozart:  symphony 35 mvt 4 - mm. 134 - 182 
    • •   Strauss:  Don Juan - beginning to D
    • •   Shostakovich:  Symphony 5 mvt 1. - rehearsal 15 - 17
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    Please prepare the following:

    One movement from any standard concerto or solo work before 1900
    Two contrasting movements of any J.S. Bach solo work
    Orchestral excerpts:
    • •   Beethoven:  Symphony No. 5, mvt. II
    • •   Brahms:  Symphony No. 2, mvt. II
    • •   Mendelssohn:  Midsummer Night's Dream, Scherzo
    • •   R. Strauss:  Don Juan
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Double Bass

    Please prepare the following:

    1st and 2nd movements from concerto by one of the following: Koussevitsky, Vanhal, Bottesini, or Dittersdorf (either orchestral or solo tuning)             
    Bach: one movement from any of the solo suites for cello
    Orchestral excerpts:
    • •   Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Reh. 9-13, 77-78
    • •   Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, Mvt. III, Scherzo and Trio
    • •   Mozart: Symphony No. 39, Mvt. I (mm. 13-21, 40-98, 292-end) & IV (pickup to m. 105-138)
    • •   Brahms: Symphony No. 2, Mvt. I (Reh [E] to [F]), and Mvt. IV (Beginning to Reh. [B], mm. 244 to Reh. [M])
    • •   Mozart: Symphony No. 40, Mvt. I
    • •   Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, recitative only
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    Please prepare the following:

    Mozart: Concerto in C Major for Flute and Harp, Mvt. 1      
    Handel: Harp Concerto in B-flat major, Op. 4, No. 6; 1st movement
    Orchestral excerpts:
    • •   Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker, Suite No. 1, iii. Waltz of the Flowers, mm.3-33   
    • •   Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Variation 1, Fugue: [I] to DB of [L]
    • •   Berlioz: Symphony Fantastique, Mvt. II (complete)
    • •   Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra, Mvt. IV. mm. 42-58, mm. 119-127
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Woodwind Instruments


    Please prepare the following:

    Mozart: Oboe Concerto in C major, K. 314; 1st movement plus cadenza 
    Orchestral excerpts:
    • •   Rossini:   Overture to La Scala di Seta,Opening Solo to Reh. 1, pickup to Reh. 2 to DB of Reh. 3
    • •   R. Strauss:  Don Juan, pickup to 5th bar of [L] to DB of [N]  
    • •    Mendelssohn:  3rd Symphony, Mvt. II, pickup to [A] to DB of [B], pickup to 4 before [C] to DB of mm. 100
    • •    Ravel:  Le Tombeau de Couperin, Prelude; Opening to DB of Reh. 2
    • •    Brahms:  Violin Concerto in D major, mvt. II, Opening to mm. 32
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    Please prepare the following:

    Mozart: Concerto in G major, K. 313; 1st movement, Exposition
    Orchestral excerpts:
    • •   Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream, Scherzo, 2 before [P] to End
    • •   Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, opening to 3 
    • •   Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, Mvt. IV, 5 before B to 13 before [C] 
    • •   Dvořák: Symphony No. 8, mvt. IV, 8 before [D] to [E] 
    • •   Rossini: William Tell Overture,20 before [F], Allegro Vivace
    • •   Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals, Voliere
    • •   Beethoven, Leonore Overture No. 3, mm.1-36, mm. 328-360 
    • •   Prokofiev, Symphony No. 1 (four excerpts total): Mvt. II (B-C), Mvt. IV (2 before A to D), 2 before [U] to End 
    • •   Brahms, Symphony No. 4, Mvt. IV, mm. 89-105
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    Please prepare the following:

    Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major, K. 191; 1st and 2nd movements, Exposition
    Orchestral excerpts:
    • •    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, Op. 36, mvt. II ending solo, m. 274 to end
    • •    Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro Overture,  mm. 1-7, mm. 101-172
    • •    Ravel: Bolero, solo, rehearsal 2 to rehearsal 3
    • •    Beethoven: Symphony No. 4, mvt. VI mm. 15-25, mm. 184-199, mm. 300-302, m. 348 to end
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Brass & Percussion

French Horn

    Please prepare the following:
    A standard concerto of your choice, 1st movement

    Orchestral excerpts:
    • •    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, mvt. II, solo
    • •    Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel,  Op. 28, Gemächlich (beginning to Reh. 1)
    • •    Wagner: Siegfried, Shortcall
    • •    R. Strauss: Don Juan, 17 measures before Reh. [O] to [P], Reh. [Y] to 4 measures after Reh. [Z]
        Please visit the following link to download the horn excerpts.
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Trumpet   (*  B♭ Trumpet required)

    Please prepare the following:

    Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major, Hob. VIIe 1, 1st movement with cadenza
    Orchestral excerpts:
    • •    Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3 – off-stage calls
    • •    Mahler: Symphony No. 5, mvt. I – beginning to mm. 84, mm. 211-256
    • •    Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition – Promenade
    • •    Stravinsky: Petrouchka (1947), Ballerina's Dance – 1 before Reh. 134 to Reh. 139, and Reh. 143 to Reh. 147
    • •    Wagner: Parsifal, Prelude – 8 measures after Reh. 1 to Reh. 3
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    Please prepare the following:

    F. David: Concertino for Trombone, Op. 4, 1st page 
    Orchestral excerpts:
    • •    Mozart: Requiem, Tuba Mirum
    • •    Ravel: Bolero 
    • •   Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel, 4 before 36 until 3 bars before 38
    • •   Brahms: Symphony No. 1, C to Allegro
    • •    Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries, upbeat to 6 until 3 bars after 7
    • •    Rossini: William Tell Overture, 1st trombone, Reh. C to 9 bars after D
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Bass Trombone

    Please prepare the following:

    Bach: Cello Suite No. 5,  Sarabande
    Orchestral excerpts:
    • •    Haydn: The Creation, No. 26, beginning until 1 before A
    • •    Rossini: William Tell Overture,  Reh. C to 9 after D
    • •   Respighi: Fountains of Rome, upbeat to 11 until 3 after 14
    • •    Berlioz: Hungarian March - 6 bars before Reh. 4 until 3 bars after Reh. 5
    • •   Schumann: Symphony No. 3, first 8 bars of final movement
    • •    Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries – upbeat to Reh. 11 until 5 bars after Reh. 12 
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Please see our How to Apply page and contact auditions@shenyunperformingarts.org
for questions regarding repertoire.

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Players of Traditional Chinese Instruments (Pipa, Erhu and Suona)

Please see our How to Apply page and contact auditions@shenyunperformingarts.org
for questions regarding repertoire.

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Teaching Positions


    We are currently hiring full-time professional violin teachers to join the faculty at the academic arts institution affiliated with our company.
    Salary commensurate with skills and experience (at least $2000/month). Applicants should be interested in learning and practicing Falun Dafa (www.falundafa.org). Candidates should email auditions@shenyunperformingarts.org
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Conducting Positions

Conductor and Assistant Conductor

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