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 Conservatory’s large ensembles - the Conservatory Orchestra and the Conservatory new music ensemble, OpusNovus.
Solo studies ( 8 semesters totally 52 MCs)
Orchestra (3 semesters, 12 MCs)
Chamber Music (3 semesters, 12 MCs)
OpusNovus (1 semester, 4 MCs)
Wind Pedagogy (1 semester, 4 MCs)
Free Choice (at least 4 MCs)
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 the 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. The Conservatory also engages with the Singaporean public through outreach programs in the Asian Civilization Museum, National Gallery Singapore and hospitals. Students programme special concerts for the audience to enjoy at these venues.
Wind students on the Master’s programme follow four semesters of solo studies alongside enrolment in small and large ensembles. Recitals are expected in the second and fourth semesters but otherwise the core requirements are identical in each semester.