Since its first performance on 13 June 1980 under the direction of then SSO Music Director Choo Hoey, the 85-strong Singapore Symphony Chorus has become one of the finest choirs in the region and one of few symphony choruses in the region.
The chorus has performed under the baton of renowned conductors Peter Erdei, Eric Ericsson, John Nelson, Claus Peter Flor, Okko Kamu, Lan Shui, Lim Yau, Masaaki Suzuki and most recently, Sofi Jeannin in the SSO Baroque Festival in 2018.
Having amassed a wide repertoire, the SSC has performed such works as Rachmaninov’s The Bells, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, 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.
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 of various nationalities and professionals from all walks of life. We are on the lookout for singers in every section, Soprano, Alto, Tenor and 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 typically held on an ad-hoc basis just before a rehearsal.
Read the Singapore Symphony Chorus Handbook.
Every Monday,7.30pm – 10.15pm,
Additional rehearsals scheduled as necessary in the weeks leading up to a concert.
Frequently Asked Questions
For further enquiries, please contact the Choral department at 6602 4215/4241 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What kind of music does the choir sing?
In addition to our main repertoire of symphonic choral masterpieces, our choristers are also exposed to a diverse range of world music and iconic choral pieces.
Where and when do we rehearse?
Rehearsals are held weekly at the Victoria Concert Hall, every Monday from 7.30pm to 10.15pm. Closer to performance dates, we run additional rehearsals on Thursday evenings and during concert week, consecutive weeknights.
How many projects am I expected to sing in?
Most of our choristers try to do all of them to maximise their experience with us. We recognise that our members lead busy lives, but we do ask all to commit fully to rehearsals and attending them. Professionalism and diligence will help us progress more effectively during rehearsals.
What performance opportunities will I get with the choir?
The choir regularly records and performs with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, alongside the Singapore Symphony Youth and Children’s Choirs, as well as in independent projects. We most recently recorded Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances and presented in the SSO Baroque Festival with esteemed conductor, Sofi Jeannin.
Who are we looking for?
We are on the lookout for singers in every section, Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass. If you can read music, have experience in choral singing, and would like to continue performing choral masterpieces at the highest level, we’d love to hear from you. We do need prospective members to be literate in music theory and proficient sight-readers because of our busy and varied concert schedule. Our choristers may at times, also be required to remain standing throughout performances, which could last up to 60 minutes or more.
Is there an audition?
Yes, although it is not an overly formal process. The Choral Director needs to run the process to determine your vocal range and place you in the appropriate section(s), as well as to ascertain your readiness to sing with us in concerts. Don’t Strauss it, we’ve got your Bach.
What can I expect in an audition?
Do prepare a song of any language (preferably classical, choral or any vocal work you are familiar with), not exceeding four minutes. You may choose to sing a cappella or bring a spare score if you require piano accompaniment. To determine your vocal range and music reading ability, we will also want to hear you sing some scales and vocal exercises, and will provide some sight-reading material.
May I join in for a rehearsal before I audition?
We welcome all prospective members to first come 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. Do email a copy of the completed audition form to email@example.com and we will get in touch with arrangements.
When and where are auditions held?
Ad-hoc auditions are held throughout the season, and are typically just before 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.
What happens after my audition?
We will write to you within a week after the audition, to let you know if you have successfully secured a placement in the choir. A membership fee applies upon the acceptance of the offer. You may refer to the Singapore Symphony Chorus Handbook for more info.