community and outreach

Cultural Connections: 2019 Bali Excursion and Study Tour

Cultural Connections: 2019 Bali Excursion and Study Tour

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.

Waves of Inclusivity

Waves of Inclusivity

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.

A Celebration of Choral Singing

A Celebration of Choral Singing

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.

Sparking Regional Synergies

Sparking Regional Synergies

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.

Chenter Foundation Gives Towards Community

Chenter Foundation Gives Towards Community

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.

Moving the Needle in Miri

Moving the Needle in Miri

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.

Well-Being With Music

Well-Being With Music

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.

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.

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.

Instilling an Early Love for Music

Instilling an Early Love for Music

The YST Conservatory Orchestra enthralled young audiences at the Conservatory Concert Hall during the annual YST Children’s Concert on 25 March.

Enchanting Children Through Life-Affirming Music Making

Enchanting Children Through Life-Affirming Music Making

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. 

Inspiring A New Generation of Composers

Inspiring A New Generation of Composers

The YST Young Composers' Academy supports talented, young composers at the Secondary and JC levels with university-level mentoring.

YST Piano Academy Draws Budding Pianists

YST Piano Academy Draws Budding Pianists

Young piano talents from Singapore and the region were selected for a three-day workshop focused on the preparation of conservatory-level auditions.

Advocating Social & Artistic Responsibility for Singaporean musicians

Advocating Social & Artistic Responsibility for Singaporean musicians

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.

Celebrating Children's Day

Celebrating Children's Day

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’.

Engaging Pakistani Communities with Music and Hope

Engaging Pakistani Communities with Music and Hope

Alumnus Lee Wai Teng (BMus ‘16, Clarinet) embarked on a series of community projects with impoverished Pakistani children.

Artistic Citizens: A Year In Review

Artistic Citizens: A Year In Review

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.