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.

Auditions for SSO Pops: Video Games Classics


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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.

When and where are choir practices held?
SSYC rehearsals are usually held at the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, in the Dance Studio, on Mondays, from 7:30pm to 10:00pm. There may be occasional and additional rehearsals on Thursday evenings, near to performance dates.

What are the expectations of members of the SSYC?
Members of the SSYC are expected to fully commit to rehearsals, and perform at all scheduled projects and performances, and demonstrate professionalism and discipline during rehearsals.

What kind of music does the SSYC sing?
In addition to SSYC’s main repertoire of symphonic choral master works, the choir is also exposed to a wide diversity of world music, sacred music, folk, spirituals and iconic choral pieces, including a cappella works from the Renaissance era to the 21st century.

What performance opportunities will I have as a member of the SSYC?
Members are given the opportunity to perform with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, alongside the Singapore Symphony Chorus and Children’s Choir, as well as in standalone projects. The Youth Choir most recently performed in the SSO’s concert opera, Pucinni’s La Boheme and recorded Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances.

Who are we looking for?
Members of the SSYC are between the ages of 17 and 28, and should be literate in music theory and proficient sight-readers. It would also be advantageous to have prior experience singing in a choir though not compulsory.

How do I sign up for an audition?
All interested individuals are welcome to download the audition form and email the completed form to choral@sso.org.sg.

What will happen during the auditions?
Apart from a sight singing and aural test, auditionees will need to prepare a song of any language (preferably classical, choral, or from a musical), 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.

Can I “try-out” with the choir before auditioning?
Yes, you can! We welcome all prospective members to first drop by for a sit-in, sing along the choir for an evening session before auditioning with the choir.

Are there any costs involved in participating in the SSYC?
An annual membership fee can be paid bi-annually. Student rates are available upon the presentation of a valid student pass. For more information, please contact choral@sso.org.sg.

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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