THE STRINGS DEPARTMENT
Our harp studies in the Strings department aim to provide holistic training for students by developing their capacities in solo, ensemble and orchestral performance.
As the intake in each cohort is deliberately very small and highly selective, Harp students benefit from intensive personal attention from their teacher, who is an internationally respected musician and Principal Harp of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
All harp 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. In their fourth year, students work towards a full length senior recital which is performed in the Conservatory Concert Hall.
During their time in the Conservatory, all harp players perform regularly with at least one of two large ensembles - the Conservatory Orchestra (led by Principal Conductor, Assoc Prof Jason Lai) and the Conservatory New Music Ensemble. Both ensembles provide training and performance opportunities, exposing students to the music of the 18th through 21st centuries. Additionally, each area organises sectional rehearsals which enhance students' exposure to core orchestral repertoire. Every semester, YST also holds dedicated chamber ensemble concerts.