Singapore Symphony Children's Choir

Formed in 2006, the Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir (SSCC) has established itself as the leading children’s choir in Singapore. 

Formed in 2006, the Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir (SSCC) has established itself as the leading children’s choir in Singapore. It seeks to enrich the lives of young singers between the ages of 9 and 16, through a holistic choral training programme that nurtures artistic growth and personal development.

Since its debut performance in 2007, the SSCC has given many successful concerts, including appearances with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) in Mahler’s Third Symphony, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Britten’s War Requiem, and Bizet’s Carmen. The SSCC is also a regular feature in the orchestra’s annual Christmas concerts. It has performed at the Philharmonie de Paris in a collaborative performance of Berlioz’s Te Deum with the Maîtrise de Radio France, as well as at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, where it partnered the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in concert.

The Singapore Symphony Children's Choir has recently recorded their first CD, And I'll Sing Once More.

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Read the SSCC member’s Handbook here!

Choirmaster

Wong Lai Foon

Newly-appointed Choirmaster of the Singapore Symphony Children's Choir (SSCC), Wong Lai Foon enjoys working with young people and nurturing their love for music and singing.

Having been with the SSCC as instructor-conductor since its inception in 2006, she has helped build the choir into an ensemble that has been praised for its beautiful tone and vocal discipline, and lauded as an "outstanding group that makes music of the highest calibre".

She has directed the SSCC in numerous choral concerts, including those held under Singapore Press Holdings' Gift of Music series, the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation's Centennial Concert series, and most recently, the VCH Organ Series. In addition to the annual SSO Christmas concerts, Mrs Wong has also prepared several of the SSCC's performances with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, including Mahler's Symphony No. 3, Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and most notably, Britten's War Requiem, in which she conducted the SSCC in performance.

Newly-appointed Choirmaster of the Singapore Symphony Children's Choir (SSCC), Wong Lai Foon enjoys working with young people and nurturing their love for music and singing.Having been with the SSCC as instructor-conductor since its inception in 2006, she has helped build the choir into an ensemble that has been praised for its beautiful tone and vocal discipline, and lauded as an "outstanding group that makes music of the highest calibre".She has directed the SSCC in numerous choral concerts, including those held under Singapore Press Holdings' Gift of Music series, the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation's Centennial Concert series, and most recently, the VCH Organ Series. In addition to the annual SSO Christmas concerts, Mrs Wong has also prepared several of the SSCC's performances with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, including Mahler's Symphony No. 3, Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and most notably, Britten's War Requiem, in which she conducted the SSCC in performance.Mrs Wong works with the Singapore Symphony Chorus on occasion, and has prepared the choir for their appearances in the SSO Christmas concerts, as well as the Singapore premiere of The Blue Planet Live!.

Active on various platforms in the local choral music scene, Mrs Wong is the Assistant Conductor of The Philharmonic Chamber Choir, and the Resident Conductor of The Methodist Festival Choir. She received her Master's Degree in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College.

Associate Choirmaster

Darius Lim

Singaporean Choral Conductor-Composer Darius Lim has risen to prominence in the national and international music scene with more than 40 national and international awards that include Gold medals, 1st and 2nd Prizes, Category Champions, and other special prizes in both local and international choral and composition competitions.

Upon returning to Singapore after graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama with a Masters in Choral Conducting (with Distinction), Darius Lim was appointed Assistant-Choirmaster of the Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir.

Under Lim's baton, choirs have performed in numerous national events such as the Singapore Youth Festival Opening & Closing concerts, Aseanapol in Harmony Celebrations and Singapore Youth Festival International Night. He has been chorusmaster for many productions that include Fences- An Opera in Two Acts, Phua Chu Kang The Musical, Unity in Diversity and Aseanapol in Harmony.

As a composer, Lim’s choral works have been performed widely around the world by choirs in China, America, Hong Kong, Australia, Spain, South Korea, Finland, Malaysia, Taiwan, Russia, Singapore and the Philippines. He is one of the newest international composers to be published by world leading music publisher, Edition Peters.

Currently Music Director of VOCO Singapore Ladies Choir and VOCE Singapore Men’s Choir, Artistic Director of Voices of Asia International Choir Festival, President of the Choral Directors’ Association of Singapore and Associate Choirmaster of the Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir, Darius Lim continues to push the boundaries of Singaporean choral music.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are FAQ regarding the Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir. If you can’t find the answer to your question, please contact the Choral department at 6602 4215/4241 or email choral@sso.org.sg.

What can I expect my child to gain from being a SSCC member?
Every child who goes through the Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir programme will emerge a disciplined and confident person who possesses good vocal technique and musicianship, and enjoys classical music. He/She will be able to express himself or herself artistically, emotionally and socially in a disciplined and responsible manner.

Who conducts the Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir?
The SSCC is led by Choirmaster Mrs Wong Lai Foon. She is supported by Associate Choirmaster Mr Darius Lim.

What are the different Choir Programmes?
SSCC members will be enrolled into either of the 2 phases, depending on their proficiency:

  1. Training Phase
    • There are 3 Programmes within the Training Phase: Preparatory Choir 1, Preparatory Choir 2 and Training Choir.
    • The Training Phase seeks to develop and refine the children’s choral skillsets, ensuring that they have the necessary techniques and confidence before they progress to be part of the concert choir. Children are expected to complete the training phase in a maximum of 3 years.
  2. Performing Phase
    • Children are split into age groups within the Performing Phase: Concert Choir 1 (Ages 9 - 12) and Concert Choir 2 (Ages 13 and up)
    • The performing phase is for accomplished members who have also spent at least 6 months in the Preparatory Choir. Performing Choir members will undergo a more intensive programme to further develop their choral abilities. They will also have the opportunity to perform to the public and with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

When does the Choir Season begin and how long does it last?
The SSCC Training Programme commences in January every year. It will follow a Calendar Year Season (January – December). Auditions for entry into the SSCC will begin in September.

When and how often does the choir practice?
Choir practice is usually held on Saturdays, with occasional rehearsals held on weekday evenings.
Training Phase – 2-hour training sessions
Performing Phase – 3-hour rehearsal sessions

What type of music will my child be learning?
Children will undergo training for classical choral singing. Please note that this may include religious works from different religions (e.g., liturgical works).

What kind of performance opportunities are available?

  • Training Phase
    All Preparatory and Training Choir members will perform in an annual informal in-house presentation concert open to parents.
  • Performing Phase
    All performing choir members will have opportunities to perform with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, as well as in stand-alone recitals.

At the end of the season, will my child be automatically enrolled into the next class?

  • Preparatory Choir
    At the end of each season, the choir masters will evaluate each choir member on their singing and if the children are ready to progress to the next level of choir. Through the season, choir members and parents would also be given feedback periodically on their progress.
  • Training Choir
    There will be internal auditions held every 6 months for the Training Choir members to determine the children’s progress and suitability to progress into the Concert Choir.

What if my son’s voice is changing/ breaking? Will he still be able to sing with the Children’s Choir?
The SSCC has recently started a Boys’ Ensemble which offers boys, who have experienced or are experiencing a voice change, the opportunity to undergo specialised training. The Boys’ Ensemble are a part of the Concert Choir, and will spend one additional hour per week to develop their changing voices.

How do I enrol my child into the SSCC?
All children looking to enrol into the SSCC will be required to undergo an audition to determine their musicianship abilities. Audition application forms can be found in the SSCC Events page from July of every year.

When are auditions and where are they held?
Auditions are held annually in late September. Registration opens in July, with limited vacancies available. Audition time slots will be provided for successful applicants nearer to the audition date.

What will happen during the auditions?
Auditionees will be required to sing a short song (preferably classical, choral, or from a musical) of any language not exceeding 4 minutes. There will also be a short aural test to determine their musicianship abilities. Though not compulsory, it would be advantageous that your child is able to read music. Auditionees aged 13 and above will be expected to have a minimum of ABRSM Grade 3 theory. Auditionees may bring an accompanist (though not encouraged), or they may sing a cappella. The use of pre-recorded accompaniments will not be allowed.

Is there a cost involved in participating in the choir?
Yes, there is an annual term fee that can be paid bi-annually. Fee assistance is available based on demonstrated financial need. Please email choral@sso.org.sg for more details.

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