On the Record with Poco Productions

On the Record with Poco Productions

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!

New Chair for Yong Siew Toh Conservatory

New Chair for Yong Siew Toh Conservatory

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.

Evolving with Musical Traditions

Evolving with Musical Traditions

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.

Going Global

Going Global

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.

Student Spotlight: Tan Tzu Kuang

Student Spotlight: Tan Tzu Kuang

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.

Singapore, Germany join in musical harmony

Singapore, Germany join in musical harmony

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.

Joining Hands to Enhance Community Wellness through Music

Joining Hands to Enhance Community Wellness through Music

On 7 September 2018, the YST Conservatory was delighted to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Sengkang General Hospital (SKH), welcoming further collaboration to enrich and enhance the well-being of the community through music as part of the Arts in Healing Programme.

Voyage Marks 15 Years of Artistic Excellence

Voyage Marks 15 Years of Artistic Excellence

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.

YST Conservatory Partners NUS SCALE

YST Conservatory Partners NUS SCALE

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.

Minor in Music & Society

Minor in Music & Society

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.

Charting Pathways 2018: Taking Flight

Charting Pathways 2018: Taking Flight

In celebration of the graduating class of 2018, we captured stories from nine students in our Charting Pathways series. We look forward to hearing the vibrant harmonies they will create! Read the full stories here.

A Calm, Confident Stride Of His Own

A Calm, Confident Stride Of His Own

Steven Tanus (BMus '18, Piano) shares on his YST experience which was rich with learning, personal growth and a sense of supportive community.

Inspiring the Next Generation

Inspiring the Next Generation

Rachel Ho (BMus ‘18, Flute) on how she discovered and grew her passion for educating the next generation of musicians, and engaging the communities around her.

The Voice Within Us, Between Us

The Voice Within Us, Between Us

Jingyun Ng (BMus '18, Voice, Soprano) catches us up on the whirlwind of diverse artistic endeavours that she has immersed herself in during her time at YST, and will continue to engage in.

A Bolder, Brighter Artistic Identity

A Bolder, Brighter Artistic Identity

Mervin Wong (BMus '18, Viola) reflects on the process through which he developed his artistic identity, expanding his musical practice as a violist to embrace multidisciplinary methods and create holistic experiences for his audiences.

On A Striking Note

On A Striking Note

Muhammadyor Tulaganov (Dior, BMus '18, Viola) shares on how he discovered the viola, and the experiences and insights that have been key in his growth as a professional violist.


Creating Musical Connections and Community

Creating Musical Connections and Community

Charmaine Teo (BMus '18, Harp) shares about how taking charge of her learning as well as receiving guidance and support from those around her helped make her undergraduate experience a rich and meaningful journey.

Adventuring Across Boundaries

Adventuring Across Boundaries

Mick Lim (BMus ‘18, Composition) reflects on the bold steps he has taken as a musician through overseas stints in Baltimore and Frankfurt, as well as his collaborative site-specific work Pieces.

Finding Creative Voice Through Music

Finding Creative Voice Through Music

Rachel Lim (BMus ‘18, Voice) tells us about how she forged her interest in vocal pedagogy and community engagement.