Singapore Symphony Chorus

Since its inaugural performance of Brahms’ German Requiem in June 1980, the Singapore Symphony Chorus (SSC) has established itself as one of the finest choirs in the region and one of the few symphony choruses in Southeast Asia.

The Singapore Symphony Chorus (SSC) was inaugurated in 1980 under the direction of Choo Hoey, then Music Director of the SSO, giving its first performance on 13 June 1980; and in its 37 year history, has established itself as one of the finest choirs in the region and one of the few symphony choruses in Southeast Asia.

The chorus has worked with renowned conductors such as Peter Erdei, Eric Ericsson, John Nelson, Claus Peter Flor, Okko Kamu, and Masaaki Suzuki. They have amassed a wide repertoire over the years, performing such works as Orff’s Carmina Burana, Rachmaninov’s The Bells, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, Macmillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross, Kodály’s Missa Brevis, Arvo Pärt’s Te Deum, choral masterpiece Britten’s War Requiem, and baroque classic Bach’s St John Passion, amongst many others.

Brought together by a love of choral singing, the SSC gathers both locals and newcomers of Singapore. Their occupations range from biochemists to tour guides to lawyers, with diverse hobbies that include rock climbing, scuba diving and Chinese calligraphy.

Choral Director

Eudenice Palaruan

Eudenice Palaruan studied Composition and Choral Conducting at the University of the Philippines College of Music and trained under Dr. Joel Navarro, Dr. Ramon Santos and Prof. Andrea Veneracion. After obtaining his Bachelor Degree in the Philippines he studied Choral Conducting at the Berliner Kirchenmusikschule – Germany under Prof. Martin Behrmann.

As a chorister and vocalist he performed with some of the leading choirs such as the Philippine Madrigal Singers, Ateneo de Manila College Glee Club, Berlin Spandauer Kantorei, and the World Youth Choir. He was also involved in early music performance practice as a countertenor with the Berlin Monteverdichor and continuo player at the Philippine International Bamboo Organ Festival. As a person on the podium he was the music director of the Ateneo de Manila College Glee Club, assistant choir master of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, principal conductor of the San Miguel Master Chorale and the Union Church of Manila Chancel Choir. For the past seven years he was the resident conductor of the International Bamboo Organ Festival where he directed some of Philippines’ leading choirs in the performance of early European choral music and the revival of Latin American baroque choral music. As a composer and arranger Palaruan introduced choral and other vocal works that exhibit the indigenous Filipino sound. His works are performed by Asian and European choirs in international festivals and competitions. With his active involvement in the choralization of Philippine and other Asian indigenous music he premiered a significant volume of new Asian choral works and often invited to give lectures on non-Western vocal aesthetics and choral arranging in the Asian context.

As a music pedagogue he taught composition and cantorship at the Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music, choral conducting subjects at the University of the Philippines College of Music and the St. Paul University Manila College of Music and the Performing Arts. Currently he is an associate professor at the School of Church Music in Singapore Bible College, training and mentoring young church musicians from different Asian countries.

Eudenice Palaruan is married to a dance choreographer, Ann Lagumen. In the largest dumpsite of Metro Manila known as the Smoky Mountain both Eudenice and Ann were involved in giving dance and music lessons to underprivileged young children under the Philippine Christian Foundation and prepare them for scholarship to the different art organizations.

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Frequently Asked Questions

For further enquiries, please contact the Choral department at 6602 4215/4241 or email choral@sso.org.sg.

Who sings in the Singapore Symphony Chorus?
The Singapore Symphony Chorus (SSC) is made up of both locals and newcomers of Singapore. All 70 members have a strong music background and continue their choral singing passion with the SSC.

Where and when do you rehearse?
Rehearsals are held at the Victoria Concert Hall every Monday evening from 7.30pm – 10.15pm, with additional rehearsals scheduled as necessary in the weeks leading up to a concert.

What is the commitment involved?
Members are expected to attend 75% of the rehearsals for each concert, including additional rehearsals leading up to the concert. Members are also required to perform in 75% of the concerts held in the year. We understand that members may have occasional external commitments that take precedence over the chorus. As such, members may apply for a ‘Leave of Absence’ for short periods.

How do I join?
Please fill in the Audition Form and email it to choral@sso.org.sg.

The administration will then be in contact with you via email with a scheduled date to sit in rehearsals, and a date to audition.

Must I be able to read music?
Yes, a prerequisite to join the choir is the ability to read music.

May I join in for a rehearsal before I audition?
We encourage you to join in for a rehearsal before you decide that the Singapore Symphony Chorus is a group that is suitable for you. We can schedule you to audition at the end of the following rehearsal.

When do you hold auditions?
Auditions are held on an ad-hoc basis. Please email the Audition Form, and an audition slot will be allocated to you thereafter.

What can I expect in an audition?
You should prepare a song of your choice – perhaps a passage from something you’ve sung in your previous choir. The song can be classical, choral or any vocal work you are familiar with.

There will also be a sight singing portion during your audition. This is to gauge the level of your music reading and aural skills.

What does membership cost?
There is a one-time (non-refundable) registration fee of S$50.

Audition for Singapore Symphony Chorus

Be a part of the Singapore Symphony Chorus, an amateur chorus under the umbrella of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. The chorus is made up of singers from all walks of life, and from all over Singapore and far beyond. Rehearsals are held every Monday evening at 7.30pm, with additional rehearsals scheduled as necessary in the weeks leading up to a concert.

Singers are needed in all sections, Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone/Bass. If you can read music, have experience in choral singing, and would like to continue singing choral masterpieces at the highest level, come audition for us! Auditions are held on an adhoc basis just after a rehearsal session. Download the audition form here. Email the completed form to choral@sso.org.sg.

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