YST Young Composers' Academy 2018

YST Conservatory is pleased to announce the second annual YST Young Composers’ Academy from 20 January to 17 March 2018 in Singapore.  The aim of the academy is to inspire a new generation of composers in Singapore by supporting talented, young musicians at the Secondary and JC levels with university-level mentoring.

Up to 10 young composers aged 15–21 based in Singapore schools will be selected to participate in the academy.  Participants receive the following:

  • a series of workshops focused on contemporary compositional techniques, contemporary instrumental techniques, and important works of modern music;
  • individual lessons with members of the conservatory’s composition faculty;
  • a world premiere performance of their new work by members of Wu Xian and/or OpusNovus contemporary music ensembles;
  • a professional studio-quality recording of their work for study and promotional purposes.

Academy Schedule:

Sessions will take place on select Saturdays in the months of January-March, giving the participants time to reflect on their learning and develop their new compositions.  Participants are expected to attend all sessions.

Session I:        Introduction to Contemporary Compositional Techniques

                       Introduction to Instrumental Techniques

Session II:       Introduction to Important Contemporary Works Part 1  

                       One-to-one consultation session 1  

Session III:      Introduction to Important Contemporary Works Part 2

                       One-to-one consultation session 2

Session IV:      Rehearsals with the ensembles  


Composition Mentors:

A/P Peter Edwards, Assistant Dean, Composition and Contemporary Music
A/P Ho Chee Kong, Associate Professor, Composition
Dr. Chen Zhangyi, Assistant Professor, Composition
Dr. Nick Omiccioli, Assistant Professor, Composition
Ms. Adeline Wong, Lecturer, Composition


How to Apply:

Submit the following materials via email to ystprojects@nus.edu.sg:

 1.    Latest CV (complete with a photo and contact details)

2.    An accessible online link (eg Dropbox, Google Drive, etc) to your portfolio: 2 – 3 of your most interesting and original compositions. Each work should include a score in PDF and a recording in MP3 format. Recordings may be MIDI renderings from notation software or a DAW, but live performances are preferred.

Application period is 1 October – 15 November 2017.  Selected participants will be notified by 1 December 2017.

The course fee for selected participants is S$100.