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