Tony Makarome | YST Conservatory


Associate Professor, professional integration


Active in jazz circles, Tony Makarome Yue performs regularly as a bassist, and has played with leading jazz musicians in Asia and America.

Singaporean Tony Makarome Yue received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of South Carolina and the Bachelor of Music in Composition from the Berklee College of Music (Boston). He has studied with distinguished artists and teachers such as Robert Spano, Daniel Lewis, Miroslav Vitous, Herb Pomeroy, Hal Crook, George Crumb and Robert Freedman. 

As a bassist, he has performed with Louis Bellson, Greg Fishman, Bert Ligon, Danilo Perez, The Diamonds, and Tony Bennett, among others. He has also appeared with key figures in the Asian jazz scene such as Jeremy Monteiro, Michael Veerapan, Lewis Pragasam, and Greg Lyons. 

Highlights in his work as an orchestra conductor include the USA premiere of Procaccini's opera "La Prima Notte", and several successful seasons as assistant conductor of the Columbia Lyric Opera. In 2001, his children's opera, "Faybulous," was premiered at the Pawley's Island Music Festival in South Carolina. His arrangement of William Grant Still's "The Black Man Dances" for symphonic band was published by WGS Music (Arkansas). His recent composition projects include commissions from the National University of Singapore and the Mus-Arts Percussion Club. 

Dr. Makarome Yue has been a successful teacher of solfegé, ear-training and music theory. He is a lecturer on jazz studies and popular culture at Singapore's National Institute of Education. In May 2003, he was appointed musical director/resident conductor of the NUS Wind Symphony. He continues to perform as a bassist.