Inspirational life-affirming music-making is at the heart of who we are and what we do at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore. Centred in one of the world’s most dynamic countries, we believe we are uniquely placed to offer a distinct and powerful contemporary Asian voice.
Founded in 2003, YST has quickly established a reputation as Asia’s most exciting international conservatory and one of the world’s most distinctive. Keenly focused on nurturing identity as a driver for excellence, we are primarily an undergraduate institution, offering full financial support for all our 220 BMus students with support from the Yong Loo Lin Trust and other donors. Alongside our BMus programme in instrumental performance, voice, composition and Audio Arts & Science, our new majors in Music & Society and Music, Collaboration & Production offer ever-more ways to engage aspirant professional musicians in full-time study.
We host an extensive performance calendar with around 200 concerts annually, featuring students and faculty alongside international artists and ensembles. Our community engagement and professional integration programme has extensive local, regional and global reach. Our students are supported to find their own distinctive pathways into the world through exchanges, festivals, competitions and projects. More broadly, we are part of a range of international networks and partnerships, which further enhance the educational experience and ensure that YST continues to evolve.
Further, our Second Majors, NUS-facing Minors and modules, and our continuing education and Young Artist programmes open up additional avenues for musical engagement. We are also proud to contribute to Singapore’s artistic landscape by supporting international and local festivals.
At the core of our endeavours is our guiding principle, “Listen in New Light”. Listening is our focal point connecting past, present and future, as we continue to give music richer resonance.