Comprising Singapore’s finest young choristers aged 17 to 28, the Singapore Symphony Youth Choir (SSYC) provides a fun and supportive environment that motivates and inspires singers to pursue their passion in choral singing.
Through a holistic choral training programme, passionate young singers form a community where they get to hone their vocal abilities and discover unique performing opportunities.
Making its debut in 2016 and under the guidance of a celebrated choirmaster, the SSYC has performed Scriabin’s Prometheus, Puccini’s La Bohème, as well as recorded Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, among others. Besides performing independently, the SSYC has also performed and toured with the SSC and SSO. The SSYC looks forward to an exciting season ahead that includes performances with the SSO.
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The safety of our choristers, choral family and staff is our top priority. In compliance to Government health and safety guidelines, the Singapore Symphony Choruses will continue rehearsals digitally in the meantime. We look forward to returning to our performing and rehearsal homes in due course.
How are choir rehearsals conducted?
Our rehearsals continue in hybrid fashion this season! With a mix of Zoom and rotational physical rehearsals, each session consists of a combination of sectionals, small group singing and score study sessions. Rehearsals are focused primarily on vocal development and future concert preparations.
What are rehearsal times like?
Rehearsal times have been kept the same. The Singapore Symphony Chorus and Youth Choir rehearse weekly on Monday evenings, and the Children’s Choir, on Saturdays. Do refer to each choir’s FAQs for specific rehearsal schedules and times.
I’m interested. Are auditions for the Singapore Symphony Choruses still open?
Yes! We are running auditions for all of our choirs. The Singapore Symphony Chorus and the Singapore Symphony Youth Choir continue to run ad-hoc auditions weekly while the Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir conduct yearly auditions between late September to early October; keep your eyes peeled for our announcements!
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What are choir auditions like?
For SSC and SSYC, auditions are conducted in 2 parts: online sit-ins and live/online¹ auditions. You will get to sit-in for a Zoom rehearsal with the respective ensemble then assessed on a following date, in a live/online¹ audition.
SSCC auditions are conducted in similar fashion. You will be required to send in an audition video. Thereafter, a Zoom audition timeslot will be allocated to assess your aural and musicianship skills. Do refer to the SSCC Auditions event page for more information!
¹Subject to SMM venue rules and choral administration’s allocation
What kind of music does the choir sing?
In addition to our main repertoire of symphonic choral master works, our choristers are also exposed to a wide variety of music and iconic choral pieces, including a cappella works from the Renaissance era to the 21st century.
When and where do we rehearse?
We generally rehearse at the Dance Studio, 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 Chorus and Children’s Choir, as well as in independent projects. We most recently recorded Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances and presented at the Video Games Classics.
Who are we looking for?
We are on the lookout for singers in every section, Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass. If you’re aged between 17 and 28, we’d love to hear from you. We also welcome young men between 15 and 16, whose voices have transitioned, to continue singing with us.We do need prospective members 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. 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 Choirmaster needs to run this 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 at the audition?
Do prepare a song of any language (preferably classical, choral or from a musical), 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.
Can I “try-out” with the choir before auditioning?
Sure, you may! 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. Do email a copy of the completed audition form to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get in touch with arrangements.
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 have 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. An annual membership fee applies upon the acceptance of the offer. You may refer to the SSYC’s handbook for more info.