From 24-30 September 2018, eight YST students embarked on a journey of musical sharing across Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei and Miri, Malaysia. Initiated by Year 3 Trumpet student Lau Hui Ping, the project sought to engage students with professional music instruction, contribute to teaching practices in the community, and hone pedagogical skills for YST students.
Alumnus Neil Chan (BMus ‘15, Recording Arts & Sciences) recently launched his Music for Well-Being Initiatives, where he leads volunteers in various music outreach programmes such as hospital ward visits in collaboration with partners such as Sengkang Health, and projects with migrant workers together with organisations such as HealthServe.
The weekend of 7 to 9 September 2018 was a rich celebration of wind and brass music at YST, with the Singapore Band Clinic, YST Double Reed Day 2018, and the YST Wind Consort in concert at Bandscendence. These events celebrate and continue the tradition of wind band music in Singapore, which began in the early 19th century and has seen an estimated 20,000 students benefiting from wind music education in the past 25 years.
In January this year, YST students and alumni Lo Sheng Hong (NUS Mechanical Engineering ’18, YST Second Major in RAS), Aw Wei Zheng, Leon Teo, Sulwyn Lok, Daniel Tan, Eugene Koo (all BMus Year 4, RAS) and Emilea Teo (BMus Year 3, RAS) set up their own audio company, Poco Productions. We caught up with Sulwyn, Sheng Hong and Wei Zheng from the team on what’s been going on!
Mr Robert Tomlin, Vice Chairman of Lepercq de Neuflize Asia Pte Ltd, has been appointed Chairman of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music Governing Board from 1 November 2018. He will succeed Mr Goh Yew Lin, Managing Director of G.K. Goh Holdings Ltd, who has served as founding Chairman of the Conservatory since 2002.
YST Composition teaching assistant and alumnus Dr Chow Jun Yan was selected to take part in the ASEAN Youth Ensemble Creation Project, organised by the Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Thailand. Held from 24 – 31 August 2018, the project aimed to create dialogues between ASEAN country traditions through music. Jun Yan presented his composition, Nostalgic Portrait for erhu, flute and percussion, at the finale concert.
At YST, we support our students as they go places. In the last academic year, nine students took part in semester-long exchange programmes with our partner schools, and four students have been on exchange this semester. 110 students benefitted from the Student Artistic Development Fund which enabled them to take part in festivals, competitions and projects overseas last year. Read about Lin Xiangning’s (Year 4, Piano) experience here.
Tan Tzu Kuang (BMus Year 4, Piano) was named winner of the 2018 Concerto Competition adjudicated by Maestro Hans Graf, with grand finalists Wang Yuqi (BMus Year 3, Cello) and Shayna Yap (BMus Year 3, Piano). We sat down with Tzu Kuang in the midst of an action-packed senior year, to hear about his musical inspirations, approach to practising, adventures in musical and jazz singing, and future plans.
Homecoming is usually a time of joy and warmth, but when it involves leading an orchestra before an audience of thousands at a UNESCO World Heritage Site — it’s nothing short of a jamboree. YST alumnus conductor Kahchun Wong (‘11) returns to Singapore in Beethoven im Garten, following a dizzying range of achievements abroad.
YST opened the 2018/19 academic year on a very special note, celebrating its 15th anniversary and partnership with the Peabody Institute in a gala concert on 21 August. The gala also kick-started Voyage, a week-long music festival that saw more than 70 YST graduates curating and presenting concerts and panel discussions.
From 20-24 August, 15 music undergraduates and postgraduates from Jianghan University in China visited YST, as part of a collaboration between the Conservatory and the NUS School of Continuing and Lifelong Education (SCALE). Over the five days, they attended classroom and hands-on sessions with five of our faculty.
Beginning in Semester 1 of the 2018/19 academic year, the YST Conservatory will be offering a new Minor in Music & Society that specifically focuses on music’s societal dimension. Students will appreciate the broad disciplinary outreach in the minor programme that encompasses the study of music in potential social, political, economic and aesthetic contexts.