musical journeys

Creating Ever-New Synergies

Creating Ever-New Synergies

Sulwyn Lok (BMus ‘19, Recording Arts & Sciences) tells us more about the diverse facets of his artistic identity across production, composition and arrangement, performance, leadership and community engagement.

A Musician in Context

A Musician in Context

Lin Xiangning (BMus ‘19, Piano) reflects on her journey from the YST Young Artist Programme through to graduate studies, and the importance of context in her musical growth and education journey.

Shining On- and Off-Stage

Shining On- and Off-Stage

Maggie Lu Pei Yun (BMus ’19, Voice) shares about being on the performance stage as well as delving into the production work behind every concert, and how these have enriched her undergraduate experience.

Connecting Within and Across

Connecting Within and Across

Teo Shao Ming (BMus ‘19, Flute) tells us how connecting with different musical approaches and communities has helped him make the most of his journey.

Creating Distinct Harmonies

Creating Distinct Harmonies

Mindy Chang (BMus ‘19, Horn) shares on how trust from her mentors empowered her to take ownership of her music-making, and the importance of chamber music in her artistic identity.

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.

YST Faculty Join in Hangzhou Philharmonic’s Tenth Concert Season

YST Faculty Join in Hangzhou Philharmonic’s Tenth Concert Season

YST Strings faculty Assoc Profs Zuo jun and Zhang Manchin and Woodwinds faculty Assoc Prof Zhang Jin Min and Artist Faculty Ma Yue took part in the Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra’s tenth concert season, playing in chamber music concerts that delighted audiences and celebrated collaborations between the two organisations. Read more.

Intersections Coming Full Circle

Intersections Coming Full Circle

Congratulations to our YST Conservatory Orchestra and student soloists, Principal Conductor Jason Lai, Head of Strings Prof Qian Zhou and Composition faculty member Asst Prof Chen Zhangyi, for their passionate music-making in Intersections (9 April in Singapore, and 13 April in Seoul)! The pair of concerts brought to a full circle the partnership between YST Conservatory and the Korea National University of Arts, which we are thankful for. Read more.

Orchestra, Anew

Orchestra, Anew

From 3-8 March, four YST students – Benny Lim Wei Cheah (Year 3, Clarinet), Kong Xianlong (Year 4, Violin), Pei Yi-Ting (Year 3, Violin) and Qiu Sheng (Year 4, Trumpet) – worked with the Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA) and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra. Following four days of intensive collaborative rehearsal, they performed in SOA’s fifth anniversary concert, held in the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall.

Alumni Composers Aloud at the 2019 SYF

Alumni Composers Aloud at the 2019 SYF

YST Conservatory alumni composers were heard loud and clear in this year’s Singapore Youth Festival (SYF). Three of our alumni – Diana Soh (Composition, ’07), Phang Kok Jun (Composition, ’15) and Lee Jinjun (Trumpet, ’16) – were commissioned by the Ministry of Education to write the set pieces for the Choir, Chinese Orchestra, and Concert Band Arts Presentations respectively. We caught up with them to find out more about their works.

A Keenly-Tuned Sound

A Keenly-Tuned Sound

From 25 January to 2 February 2019, four Audio Arts & Sciences (AAS) students – David Chew, Johann Tan Kay Ann, Teng Wye Shin (all Year 3), and Aw Wei Zheng (Year 4) – received Conservatory support to travel to the Netherlands. They attended an intense six-day course on Sound Systems Design and Optimisation taught by Merlijn van Veen, an opportunity kindly offered by our partner school, Royal Conservatoire of the Hague.

Learning in Harmony at YMCG

Learning in Harmony at YMCG

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.

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.

New Season Begins: Evolutions & Revolutions

New Season Begins: Evolutions & Revolutions

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.

A Joyful Flourish

A Joyful Flourish

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.

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!

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.