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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.