about shanghai orchestra academy

The Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA) is the result of a partnership among the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Its inaugural class began in September 2014. Maestro Long Yu, Music Director of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, serves as the President of the Academy.

Designed to address the need for advanced, post-graduate orchestral training at the highest level of technique and musicianship, the SOA provides rigorous training at the Master’s degree level for talented instrumentalists. The teaching curriculum includes private lessons, chamber music coaching, repertoire classes, mock auditions and professional seminars.


Shanghai Symphony Orchestra
An educational venture for aspiring orchestral musicians that offers coaching, workshops and mock auditions.
— The New York Times

An integral part of the SOA curriculum is practical training with professional orchestras. Students gain first-hand experience learning from and playing with New York Philharmonic musicians as well as performing with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Other international partners have since offered practical training opportunities to SOA students, among them the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Taiwan Philharmonic, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra. The program is tuition free, provides a housing allowance, and with successful completion, students receive a Master's degree from Shanghai Conservatory.