Singapore Symphony Youth Choir

Singapore’s finest young choral singers aged between 17 and 28 revel in the best of all musical worlds and styles.

An up-and-coming addition to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s choruses, the Singapore Symphony Youth Choir was formed in 2016 to complement the orchestra with a chorus of young people’s voices. It is a platform for young adults to pursue their interest in choral singing, as well as enable mature members of the Children’s Choir to continue their development in classical choral singing.

Comprising Singapore’s finest young choristers aged between 17 and 28, the youth choir explores the best of different musical worlds and styles, ranging from orchestral to a cappella masterpieces, spanning the Renaissance to the 21st century.

Choirmaster

Wong Lai Foon

As a founder-conductor of the Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir (SSCC), Wong Lai Foon has dedicated the past 12 years towards building up the ensemble to become the leading children’s choir in the nation. Under her direction, the SSCC has garnered much praise for its impressive choral tone, and its musically precise and polished performances, earning it the commendation of “one of the best children’s choirs in Asia” in a recent review.

In her capacity as Choirmaster, Wong oversees the SSCC’s family of ensembles, which has now grown to comprise a Concert Choir, Training Choir, three preparatory choirs, a Boys’ Ensemble and a Youth Choir. Apart from their performances with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, both the Concert Choir and the Youth Choir have occasionally collaborated with other ensembles. A highlight from last season was the exciting collaboration between the Concert Choir and the celebrated group, The King’s Singers. The Concert Choir has also collaborated with the Maîtrise de Radio France, performing the Berlioz’s Te Deum at the Philharmonie de Paris in 2015, and with the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, Kuala Lumpur. While only two years old, the Singapore Symphony Youth Choir (SSYC) has also been on tour with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Chorus to Kuala Lumpur, performing Brahms’ Schicksalslied and Gesang der Parzen. For the 2018-19 season, both choirs will appear in SSO’s performances of Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances. In addition, the SSYC will also feature in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, and Video Games Classics with Eímear Noone.

Wong has prepared works for other ensembles, including the Singapore Symphony Chorus, the Singapore Lyric Opera, Westminster Opera Theatre, and The Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Some highlights include Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust, Britten’s War Requiem, Janacek's Glagolitic Mass, the Singapore premieres of Macmillan’s Seven Last Words From The Cross and The Blue Planet Live!, Bizet’s Carmen, Puccini’s La Bohème, and Macbeth and Il trovatore by Verdi.

Through her work with the SSCC, Wong aspires to inspire a generation of young choral singers to embrace the choral art and strive for musical and artistic excellence. She holds a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College, where she studied with Joseph Flummerfelt.

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Singapore Symphony Youth Choir Auditions

If you’re aged between 18 and 28, we’d love to hear you. You will need to prepare a song not exceeding 4 minutes. Preferably classical, choral, or from a musical. Please bring a spare score if you require accompaniment. You may also sing a cappella. There will be a sight singing portion during your audition. Music will be provided. A prerequisite to join the choir is the ability to read music. There will also be a short aural test to determine musicianship abilities. 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

Rehearsals
Every Monday, 7.30pm – 10pm

Choir Fees
$160 / year
Student: $80 / year (valid student pass must be presented).

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