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Hsuan-Fong Chen

Hsuan-Fong Chen



Oboist Hsuan-Fong Chen (pronounced “SHUan-fong”) has garnered a reputation as one of New York City’s most versatile musicians, with a career in orchestra, Broadway, new music, and occasional administrative roles. Having performed across the United States, Europe, and Asia, she is sought after for a wide range of performances, ranging from appearing at the American Ballet Theater, sharing the stage with Rihanna at the 2015 Met Gala, and performing in the hit Broadway production of Rocktopia as its lead oboist, with an additional appearance in Wicked, Phantom of the Opera and Camelot at Lincoln Center. She was the oboist of the world premiere of Watch Night in Fall 2023 from an acclaimed team led by Tony-Award-Winning Choreographer/Director Bill T. Jones.

A seasoned orchestral player, Hsuan-Fong Chen has performed with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra in Alabama, Albany Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic, with whom she accompanied in the orchestra’s West Coast tour. Other notable appearances include with the Metropolitan Opera, the Knights, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, New York Classical Players, Classical Music Institute in San Antonio, and the American Ballet Theater.

In new music, she has regular appearance with Talea Ensemble, Rocket City New Music, Metropolis Ensemble, and Orchestra of league of Composers, and Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, CA. As a soloist, she has given recitals and performed concerti with orchestras in Taiwan, Germany, and across the United States. Her album debut came in October 2019 on the Naxos label, when she recorded Beethoven’s Serenade for Winds alongside faculty from the Yale School of Music.

A musician from age four, Ms. Chen is a proud alumni of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts and has honed her craft through invitations to music programs and festivals around the world. In the United States, she has performed with the Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, the Phoenix Chamber Music Society, Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Artosphere Music Festival, among several others. Internationally, she has appeared in the Schloss Beuggen castle in Germany, as well as tours of Japan with both the Pacific Music Festival and the New York Symphonic Ensemble.

As an educator, Ms. Chen can often be seen teaching oboe at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, CUNY in NYC, Chamber Music coaching at the Juilliard School pre-college, the Calhoun School, and the Greenwich Music School, in addition to her private oboe and piano studios. She is proud to have served multiple organizations of great renown as an administrator, including the National Youth Orchestra of China’s inaugural 2017 season as its Artistic Coordinator and Orchestra Manager. During her time with NYO China’s 105 students, she arranged performances with NPR’s “From the Top”, the WQXR artist-showcase, and their debut in Carnegie Hall that season.

A native of Taiwan, Hsuan-Fong Chen holds education from The Juilliard School (B.M.), the Yale School of Music (M.M. & Artist Diploma), and the Manhattan School of Music (Orchestral Performance Diploma). She was a former competitive pianist, with notable achievements including a solo performance in Carnegie Hall after receiving first prize at the American Fine Arts Festival, as well as a documentary feature in the National Palace Museum’s historical film "A Museum Without Walls" alongside her piano teacher Da-Ming Zu. She is grateful for her former teachers, including Nathan Hughes, Elaine Douvas, Pedro Diaz, Linda Strommen, Stephen Taylor, and Liang Wang. She is based in New York City, where she lives with her husband, Sean Ritenauer and her Cockapoo, Hiro.

Professional Experience

  • Broadway
  • Off Broadway
  • Regional
  • Concerts/Cabaret
  • Education
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Master’s Degree


  • NYC/Tri-State Area
  • Philadelphia/Mid-Atlantic

Interested in touring?

  • No

Maestra Expertise

  • Instrumentalist/Pit Musician
  • Music Contractor/Coordinator
  • Classroom Music Teacher

Primary Instruments

  • English Horn
  • Oboe

Additional Instruments

  • Piano

Additional Skills

  • Arts Administration

Person of Color?

  • Yes