The Voice Department
Voice studies at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music are aimed at developing the gifted young vocalist into a diverse artist with excellent technical facility, a broad range of stylistic knowledge and performance experiences and the tools needed to propel them into a successful singing career either at the graduate or young professional level.
Enrolment into this program is highly selective and the student will receive a unique amount of dedicated, individual instruction. Developing a healthy and efficient vocal technique through weekly lessons and studio classes, as well as through masterclasses with visiting artists, will be the primary focus. Language facility in the standard singing languages of Italian, German, French and English, absolutely essential for singing artists, will be addressed through courses in basic grammar and diction for singers. Performance skills will be developed in a wide variety of settings such as studio classes, masterclasses, recitals (half junior recital and a full senior recital) and other numerous public performance opportunities both on campus and within the broader Singapore community. Students will be performing in public every semester both in solo and ensemble settings and will be afforded opportunities to collaborate with other conservatory students and community organizations on a regular basis.
Repertoire selected for study will be ideally suited to the development of young voices in an effort to allow them to reach their full potential and will include art song of various languages and cultures, vocal chamber music, concert repertoire for solo voice with instruments, and opera and oratorio literature suited to the students' individual interests and abilities. Students will be exposed to a wide range of music styles and genres to better prepare them for a career as a well-rounded vocal artist.
The combination of focus on technical development, language instruction, and abundant performance opportunities, paired with our generous scholarships, make this programme unique to the region and the ideal place for developing your vocal talents.
Individual study, recitals, Faculty, University and Conservatory requirements are the same as for the other performance degrees.
Students will take 1 year each of Italian, German and French.
Students will also take 2 courses in Diction for Singers:
Diction 1 will cover Italian and English sung lyric diction.
Diction 2 will cover German and French sung lyric diction.
Students will take 2 semesters of Voice Literature courses.
Chamber Singers is required during the 1st 4 semesters of enrolment.
Vocal Pedagogy is required during the senior year.