YST Regional and International Network

We believe that exchange across cultures and nations is an important part of learning and music-making. To that end, our students, faculty and alumni are engaged in a range of immersive projects throughout Asia, as well as in festivals, summer courses and performances across the globe. Our faculty are also supported to take up performance or developmental opportunities all over the world.

Our educational and musical offering is augmented by our distinctive international music education networks and dynamic professional partnerships.


ConNext institutions recognize their shared commitment to musical and educational excellence. From a position of mutual respect, they commit to exploring issues that are central to student, faculty and institutional growth, together. The schools work together as a network to shape a student-centric learning environment focusing on both excellence and relevance in a 21st-century context.

The ConNext Network comprises the following members:

  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London
  • Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo
  • Orpheus Institute, Ghent
  • Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Brisbane
  • Royal Conservatoire, University of the Arts, The Hague
  • Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Montreal
  • Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki
  • Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore



YST is a member of the Pacific Alliance of Music Schools (PAMS) network, which creates closer ties between institutions in the Pacific Rim and builds the region’s strength as a driving force for music education and culture. It also aims to enhance multi-lateral exchange and deepen opportunities for international development.

The PAMS network comprises the following members:

  • Beijing Central Conservatory of Music
  • Faculty of Victorian College of Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
  • Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • School of Music, Taipei National University of the Arts
  • School of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts
  • School Of Music, University of Auckland
  • Shanghai Conservatory of Music
  • Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney
  • The College of Music, Seoul National University
  • Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California
  • Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore



SEADOM is a Southeast Asian cultural and educational network representing the interests of institutions that are concerned with training for the music profession. SEADOM works for the advancement of Southeast Asian music education, with a particular focus on professional training for musicians as they engage with music, the arts and culture in contemporary society and for future generations. It does this through providing support, information, networking opportunities and expert advice to institutions offering advanced music education, engaging in advocacy and partnership-building at the Southeast Asian and international levels.


YST Conservatory also works together with seven other conservatories in Manchester, Oslo, Sydney, Boston, Sydney, Graz, Geneva and the Hague, within the framework of the International Benchmarking Exercise (IBE) which is coordinated by the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. The IBE compares qualitative and quantitative information on education, finances and facilities across the institutions, allowing participating schools to gain insights on their international position and exchange information.

The conservatories in the IBE are:

  • Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève, Switzerland
  • New England Conservatory, USA
  • Norwegian Academy of Music, Norway
  • Royal Northern College of Music, UK
  • Sydney Conservatorium, Australia
  • Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz, Austria
  • Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Singapore