This season, we explore the idea of telling stories in our performances, artistic research initiatives, and programmes at large.
We are pleased to announce the establishment of the Madeline Goh Professorship in Piano, an endowed gift made by Mr Goh Geok Khim and Mr Goh Yew Lin in support of piano education at YST. The inaugural Professorship will be held by Prof Thomas Hecht, who has provided leadership and vision for the Piano area since 2003. The Professorship will continue to support initiatives that enrich piano education for YST students as well as the community.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.