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) made its debut in 1980, under the direction of Choo Hoey, then Music Director of the SSO and now SSO Emeritus Conductor.

In 1981, Singaporean conductor Lim Yau was appointed its Choral Director. Under his tutelage, the chorus has amassed a wide repertoire, performing such works as Macmillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross, Arvo Pärt’s Te Deum, Britten’s War Requiem, and Bach’s St John Passion, amongst many others.

The chorus is recognised as one of the finest in the region and one of the few symphony choruses in Southeast Asia. It has performed under the baton of renowned conductors such as Peter Erdei, Eric Ericsson, John Nelson, Claus Peter Flor, Okko Kamu, and Masaaki Suzuki.

Today, presiding Choral Director Eudenice Palaruan leads the choristers, who come from a myriad of nationalities and backgrounds. In 2017, the chorus went on its first tour with the SSO, performing at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas in Kuala Lumpur.

Choral Director

Eudenice Palaruan

Eudenice Palaruan studied at the University of the Philippines majoring in composition under Ramon Santos (National Artist for Music) and choral conducting under Joel Navarro. After finishing his Bachelor's Degree in the Philippines, he took on a four-year study in choral conducting at the Berliner Kirchenmusikschule, Germany under Martin Behrmann.

As a chorister and vocalist, he performed with 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. 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 is 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.

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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 are we?
The Singapore Symphony Chorus (SSC) is an 80-member strong ensemble comprising a myriad of nationalities and backgrounds. We welcome both local and international choristers with strong musical abilities, to continue your passion for choral signing with the SSC.

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

What is the expected commitment?
Membership to the Singapore Symphony Chorus is a commitment to faithful and punctual attendance. Every member is obligated a personal duty to promote the prosperity of the choir; consistency is essential to the success of both the individual member and the organisation.
Members are expected to are expected to attend all rehearsals scheduled, especially all rehearsals deemed compulsory including those within concert week. Members are expected to perform in all, if not most of the concerts within the choral season. We understand that you may have occasional external commitments that take precedence over the chorus; applications for a temporary leave of absences is available as an option.

I’m interested, how can I get in touch?
We’d love to hear from you! Do email a copy of the completed audition form to us at choral@sso.org.sg.

Any requirements to joining the SSC?
1. A prerequisite is the ability to read music. Works performed by the SSC can be demanding; members may have to work with new music right on, members of the SSC should be literate in music theory and proficient sight-readers.
2. Chorus members may at times be required to remain standing throughout performances, which could last up to 60 minutes or more.

What can I expect in an audition?
Apart from a sight singing and aural test, auditionees will need to prepare a song of any language (preferably classical, choral, or any vocal work you’re familiar with), not exceeding four minutes. Auditionees should bring a spare score if they require piano accompaniment, or may opt to sing a cappella.

When and where are auditions held?
Ad-hoc auditions are held throughout the season, typically at the end of a rehearsal session. We may hold off auditions nearer to performance dates, to concentrate on concert pieces. Once we’ve received your application, the choral administration will get in touch with more information including venue and details of a sit-in and audition slot.

May I join in for a rehearsal before I audition?
We welcome all prospective members to first drop by for a sit-in, sing alongside the chorus for an evening rehearsal, before you make decision that the Singapore Symphony Chorus is a group suitable for you. If all goes well, we can then schedule for an audition at the end of the following rehearsal.

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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