COMMUNITY & OUTREACH
Our partnerships, engagement and outreach initiatives in the community.
From 11 to 26 May, YST held the 2019 Bali Excursion and Study Tour, an intensive two-week trip where students studied traditional Indonesian music and dance and immersed in local culture, culminating in a final performance presented at Bunutan Village, Ubud.
On 24 March 2019, eight students presented The Deep Blue Sea, a multi-sensory musical experience providing an inclusive and fun environment for children with sensory difficulties to enjoy and explore classical music. A total of about 100 participants, including family and caretakers, attended the performance across two shows.
The Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and NUS Mind Science Centre collaborated to host A Celebration of Choral Singing on 2 February - a musical evening in more ways than one. Guests gathered to learn about the Choral Singing for the Prevention of Dementia Study, and enjoy choral performances from the senior citizens’ choir as well as YST Conservatory performers led by Maestro Masaaki Suzuki.
From 11-16 March, students Ilysia Tan and Nigel Foo took part in the 2019 SEADOM Congress at the Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) Yogyakarta, where they were able to broaden their musical exposure and network with students, educators and music institution leaders from the region and beyond. Their attendance was generously supported by the Chenter Foundation.
We are delighted to announce that the Chenter Foundation has made a generous contribution towards YST’s community outreach projects in Singapore and Southeast Asia. With this gift, we look forward to further engaging the community and the region, bringing musical resonance to wider audiences. Click to read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
YST students have been facilitating a series of six music engagement sessions at Yuhua Secondary School throughout March-April.
The YST Conservatory Orchestra enthralled young audiences at the Conservatory Concert Hall during the annual YST Children’s Concert on 25 March.
YST Conservatory students have created an interactive music performance for children, which incorporates elements of drama and dance. They have been touring the show to various schools in Singapore.
The YST Young Composers' Academy supports talented, young composers at the Secondary and JC levels with university-level mentoring.
Young piano talents from Singapore and the region were selected for a three-day workshop focused on the preparation of conservatory-level auditions.
Join us on 10 March 2018 for the NUS Open Day, and learn how to make Music a part of your university experience!
Third year Recording Arts and Science student Sulwyn Lok is the proud conductor and president of the Victoria Chinese Orchestra (VACO), a non-profit organization he co-founded with friends in 2014.
Inspiring a love for music and the arts for the next generation of Singaporeans, six YST students curated an engaging music program for children with and without disabilities, aged 5-10, presented as the concluding celebration for a 3 week-long Inclusive Arts Workshop Series hosted by community arts organization ‘Superhero Me’.
Alumnus Lee Wai Teng (BMus ‘16, Clarinet) embarked on a series of community projects with impoverished Pakistani children.
At YST, preparation for achieving musical excellence on the stage goes beyond spending hours in the practice room. Although individual private practice is essential to achieving musical excellence, there is another important ingredient: the art of connecting with people.
Year 4 flautist Rachel Ho ran an in-ward music engagement session for elderly patients at Alexandra Hospital, joined by YST alumnus Gabriel Lee (BMus ‘15) on violin.
A group of YST students, led by Ho Qian Hui (Viola, BMus Year 3) recently participated in a collaborative project with the National Lao Music and Dance School (NLMDS).
YST Conservatory is pleased to announce the second annual YST Young Composers’ Academy from 20 January to 17 March 2018 in Singapore.
Applications are now open for the Singapore International Violin Competition (SIVC), which returns to YST Conservatory in Jan - Feb 2018. The competition expects a pool of world-class talent to grace Singapore’s concert hall stages.
Several second-year students from YST, together with performers aged five to 80, presented a one-hour music showcase on 1 April at the Alexandra Hospital Auditorium that delighted audiences and demonstrated the power of music in connecting people.
Inspirational life-affirming music-making is at the heart of who we are and what we do at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore. The Conservatory endeavors to develop passionate musicians who are nurtured by their love for the art and empowered by their ability to make music.
Passionate about Music? Join us this Saturday 11 March for the NUS Open Day 2017 at the University Town and find out what the Conservatory has to offer.
On the evening of Friday 18th November 2016, 60 young musicians aged 12-16 performed at the Singapore Science Centre in ‘Exploring the Elements: A musical journey’.