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New Season Begins: Telling Stories

New Season Begins: Telling Stories

This season, we explore the idea of telling stories in our performances, artistic research initiatives, and programmes at large.

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.

Composing with Courage

Composing with Courage

Ding Jian Han (BMus ‘19, Composition) talks about his journey in discovering his own voice as a composer.

A Grounded Tone

A Grounded Tone

Jamshid Saydikarimov (BMus ‘19, Cello) tells us how working with faculty and Visiting Artists, as well as opportunities from the Conservatory, have supported him in his endeavours.

Announcing the Madeline Goh Professorship in Piano

Announcing the Madeline Goh Professorship in Piano

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Albert Tiu’s Grand Russian gets thumbs-up

Albert Tiu’s Grand Russian gets thumbs-up

Assoc Prof Albert Tiu was highlighted in the 2019 NUS Staff Awards for his albums Grand Russian and The Classical Elements, both of which were supported by YST and also produced by our Dean, Prof Bernard Lanskey. 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.

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.

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.

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.