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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Every Monday, 7.30pm – 10pm
$160 / year
Student: $80 / year (valid student pass must be presented).