The artistic experiences that we undergo and that we take our audiences through;
the process that goes behind our explorations, and the things we learn from them.
Five YST students took part in the 3rd Youth Music Culture Guangdong held in Guangzhou. Over the nine-day orchestral festival with chamber music and improvisational Silk Road bands as its driving force, they learned creativity and flexibility in an ensemble setting and performed works from Western and Eastern traditions, ranging from classical masterpieces to musical improvisations.
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.
Our central theme for this season is Evolutions & Revolutions, inspired by important transformations and shifts within the Conservatory, within Singapore with its bicentennial commemoration, and in history and the artistic process at large.
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!
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.
This season, we explore the central theme Music & Motion, with a particular focus on music with a dimension of dance. Join us on the floor in the many different dances taking place at YST.
24 students from 11 countries participated in this year’s SEADOM Congress held in Bangkok, Thailand, creating performances through sound painting.
Read all about Associate Professor Albert Tiu's thoughts on Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 2.
Joey Tan (BMus Year 2, Composition) shares her trip experience from the Seoul National University International New Music Conference & Workshop held from 22 – 24 February 2018.
YST students participate in the Musical Chairs Chamber Music Festival at Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Canada.
Prof Bernard Lanskey pens a message of welcome, introducing YST Conservatory’s artistic programme for the first half of the year.
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).
Last week, YST Conservatory took its first foray into the operatic scene with its staging of Handel’s Acis & Galatea.
Two YST students, Stasha and Noah, return from the New Audiences and Innovative Practice (NAIP) 8th Introductory Program in Reykjavik, Iceland, and share what they learnt.
A new academic year begins at the YST Conservatory. As we welcome our 15th cohort of students, we are also excited to present this semester's events calendar!
To celebrate International Music Day (24 June), the Alliance Française de Singapour organised a Ciné-Concert performed and presented by a collective led by YST viola major Mervin Wong
YST Conservatory students Mervin Wong and Rachel Ho recently attended a 3 day seminar in Reykjavik, Iceland, as part of YST’s collaboration with the New Audience and Innovative Practice, European Master of Music.
Two students from YST Conservatory participated in GLOMUS Camp 2017 Bridging Cultures Through Collaboration and Co-creation, held in Natal, Brazil from 10-20 January 2017.
A warm welcome from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore – and best wishes for 2017! We enter the new semester and year with a new focus – to share ever more possibilities to listen to music in new light. With this calendar, we offer an introduction to a wealth of opportunities to experience the finest music across a mix of genres and contexts.