MADELINE GOH PROFESSORSHIP IN PIANO
The Madeline Goh Professorship in Piano, announced on 2 May 2019, is an endowed gift made by Mr Goh Geok Khim and Mr Goh Yew Lin in support of piano education at YST.
Mrs Madeline Goh studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music from 1952-1956, receiving a Graduate of the Royal Schools of Music (London) degree. She taught music and gave piano lessons in Singapore, before going to work with Mr Goh Geok Khim in the stockbroking industry in the late 1960s.
Mr Goh Geok Khim and Mrs Madeline Goh are the parents of Mr Goh Yew Lin, founding Chairman of the YST Conservatory, whose vision and advocacy was key in establishing YST as an integral part of NUS and Singapore’s music ecosystem. Mr Goh Yew Lin previously also donated a Paul McNulty fortepiano to YST.
The inaugural Madeline Goh Professorship in Piano is held by Prof Thomas Hecht, the Conservatory’s founding Head of Keyboard Studies, who has provided leadership and vision for the Piano area since 2003. Among Dr Hecht’s many initiatives are the establishment of the YST Electone Orchestra, which brings symphonic music to life under the hands of Piano majors, and his successful launching of the Conservatory’s first SMART teaching studio. Two of his Singaporean protégés have been named Young Steinway Artists.
The Professorship will continue to support initiatives that enrich piano education for YST students as well as the community.