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Charting Pathways 2019: Taking Flight

Charting Pathways 2019: Taking Flight

In celebration of the graduating class of 2019, Charting Pathways captured the musical journeys and aspirations of seven students in a series of stories. We are proud to have witnessed our students’ growth over the years, and delighted to have been on the journey together! Read the full stories here.

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.

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.

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.

2018/19 Scholarship Recipients

2018/19 Scholarship Recipients

We are pleased to announce that Luong Khanh Nhi and Mervyn Lee (both BMus Year 4, Piano) have been awarded the 2018/19 Steven Baxter Memorial Scholarship, and Ding Jian Han (BMus Year 4, Composition) has been awarded the 2018/19 S R Nathan Music Scholarship. Meet the recipients and learn more about the awards.

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.

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.

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!

New Chair for Yong Siew Toh Conservatory

New Chair for Yong Siew Toh Conservatory

Mr Robert Tomlin, Vice Chairman of Lepercq de Neuflize Asia Pte Ltd, has been appointed Chairman of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music Governing Board from 1 November 2018. He will succeed Mr Goh Yew Lin, Managing Director of G.K. Goh Holdings Ltd, who has served as founding Chairman of the Conservatory since 2002.

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.

A Calm, Confident Stride Of His Own

A Calm, Confident Stride Of His Own

Steven Tanus (BMus '18, Piano) shares on his YST experience which was rich with learning, personal growth and a sense of supportive community.

Inspiring the Next Generation

Inspiring the Next Generation

Rachel Ho (BMus ‘18, Flute) on how she discovered and grew her passion for educating the next generation of musicians, and engaging the communities around her.

The Voice Within Us, Between Us

The Voice Within Us, Between Us

Jingyun Ng (BMus '18, Voice, Soprano) catches us up on the whirlwind of diverse artistic endeavours that she has immersed herself in during her time at YST, and will continue to engage in.

A Bolder, Brighter Artistic Identity

A Bolder, Brighter Artistic Identity

Mervin Wong (BMus '18, Viola) reflects on the process through which he developed his artistic identity, expanding his musical practice as a violist to embrace multidisciplinary methods and create holistic experiences for his audiences.

On A Striking Note

On A Striking Note

Muhammadyor Tulaganov (Dior, BMus '18, Viola) shares on how he discovered the viola, and the experiences and insights that have been key in his growth as a professional violist.