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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.

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.

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.

YST Faculty Join in Hangzhou Philharmonic’s Tenth Concert Season

YST Faculty Join in Hangzhou Philharmonic’s Tenth Concert Season

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.

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.

Orchestra, Anew

Orchestra, Anew

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.

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.

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.

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.