The Woodwind Department
Our woodwind studies aim to provide holistic training for students by developing their capacities in solo, ensemble and orchestral performance. All woodwind majors have opportunities to perform in concerts, masterclasses and outreach activities that take place throughout the academic year, both on campus and in the community. Masterclasses by world-renowned artists and chamber groups are regularly featured at the Conservatory. In the period from August 2015, these included the Paris Woodwind Quintet, London Sinfonietta and Orchestre des Champs-Élysées.
Students also participate in local and regional festivals, including the Asian Double Reed Society Conference, and the Singapore Clarinet and Flute festivals. Our students freelance regularly with professional orchestras, including the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra. During their time in the Conservatory, all woodwind players perform regularly with the YST's large ensembles - the Conservatory Orchestra and the Conservatory new music ensemble, OpusNovus.
Solo studies (8 semesters totalling 52 modular credits)
Orchestra (4 modular credits)
Chamber Music (2 semesters totalling 8 modular credits)
OpusNovus* (1 semester totalling 4 modular credits)
Wind Pedagogy (1 semester totalling 4 modular credits)
Free Choice (at least 4 modular credits)
* OpusNovus is a YST contemporary music ensemble dedicated to performing new repertoire.
In the first year, students will be exposed to orchestral repertoire, allowing them to develop a foundational understanding of basic musical concepts including intonation, rhythm and understanding of musical interpretations. Students can also expect some overseas activities, performing regionally in Myanmar, Thailand and Laos. From the second year onwards, the Conservatory supports and encourages students to participate in international music festivals, such as the prestigious Verbier Festival and the Pacific Music Festival. Students are also encouraged to spend a semester abroad in one of our partner universities.
In the third and fourth years, students work towards a 25-minute junior recital and a full length senior recital, both of which are performed in the Conservatory Concert Hall. Every semester, there are dedicated chamber concerts featuring woodwind chamber groups performing repertoire from Baroque to the contemporary.
YST students also engage with the Singaporean public through outreach concerts and programs in the Asian Civilisations Museum, National Gallery Singapore and hospitals.
Wind students on the Master’s programme take four semesters of solo studies alongside enrolment in small and large ensembles. They typically do recitals in the second and fourth semesters.