Singapore Symphony Chorus
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.
Eudenice Palaruan studied composition and Conducting at the University of the Philippines College of Music and trained under Dr Joel Navarro, Dr Ramon Santos and Prof. Andrea Veneracion. After obtaining his Bachelor Degree in the Philippines, he studied Choral Conducting at the Berliner Kirchenmusikschule – Germany under Prof. Martin Behrmann.
He was a member and baritone soloist of some of the significant choral organisations including the Philippine Madrigal Singers, Ateneo de Manila College Glee Club, the World Youth Choir and the Berlin Spandauer Kantorei. He was also involved in early music performance practice as a countertenor with the Berlin Monteverdi Chor in Germany and the Villancico Vocal Ensemble at the International Bamboo Organ Festival in the Philippines.
As a conductor he was a music director of the Ateneo de Manila College Glee Club, assistant choirmaster of the Philippine Madrigal Singers under Andrea Veneracion, principal conductor of the San Miguel Master Chorale and the Union Church of Manila Chancel Choir. For the past years, he was the resident conductor of the International Bamboo Organ Festival where he directed Philippines’ leading choirs in the performance of early European music and the revival of Latin American baroque music.
As a composer and arranger, Palaruan writes contest pieces for choral competitions including the 2019 Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Competition in Manila. His composition style uses vocal tapestry by incorporating Asian speech sounds. Some of his widely used works are Gapas (Harvest), Koyu No Tebulul (Bird Song), Pasigin (Fishing Song).
As a music pedagogue, he taught at the Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music, 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.
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!
Every Monday: 7.30pm – 10.15pm
Additional rehearsals scheduled as necessary in the weeks leading up to a concert.
Held on an ad-hoc basis just before a rehearsal.
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.