Inspiring Choral Passion

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.

CHOIRMASTER

Wong Lai Foon

As Choirmaster of the Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir (SSCC) and the Singapore Symphony Youth Choir (SSYC), Wong Lai Foon oversees a family of choral ensembles that is dedicated to the development of young voices, and the continuing appreciation of choral and classical musical. Under her leadership, these two choirs have received praise for their polished choral tone, and for delivering performances with precision and clarity. The SSCC’s recording of Bob Chilcott’s Little Jazz Mass, featured on their CD, And I’ll Sing Once More, has been complimented by the renowned composer for its “fine sound and style”.

Apart from performances with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Wong has led both choirs in collaborations with other ensembles. The Concert Choir has shared the stage with the celebrated ensemble, The King’s Singers, the Maîtrise de Radio France at the Philharmonie de Paris, and the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, Kuala Lumpur. The Youth Choir performed with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Chorus on their tour to Kuala Lumpur. The 18/19 season saw both choirs in SSO’s performances of Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, while the SSYC also featured in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, and a highly successful concert of Video Games Classics with Eimear Noone.

Committed to growing the body of treble choral works by local composers, Wong has commissioned works by Kelly Tang, Zechariah Goh, Chen Zhangyi, Darius Lim, and Lee Chin Sin. She is equally adept at the symphonic, operatic and a cappella choral repertoire, and has worked with ensembles including the Singapore Symphony Chorus, the Singapore Lyric Opera, Westminster Opera Theatre, and The Philharmonic Chamber Choir. She graduated from Westminster Choir College, under the tutelage of Joseph Flummerfelt.

Auditions

A vibrant addition under the umbrella of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony Youth Choir regularly shares the stage with the SSO, records and tours with the orchestra, and gives their own performances in Singapore and abroad. If you can read music, have some experience in choral singing, and would like to continue exploring musical styles with an orchestral twist, come audition for us!

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. Additionally, we welcome young men between 15 and 16, whose voices have transitioned, to continue their passion for choral singing with us.

Auditions are typically held on an ad-hoc basis just after a rehearsal.

Rehearsals
Every Monday, 7.30pm – 10.15pm

Additional rehearsals scheduled as necessary in the weeks leading up to a concert

Choir Fees
$160 / year
Student: $80 / year (valid student pass must be presented).

Read the Singapore Symphony Youth Choir Handbook for more information.
Download the audition form below and email the completed form to choral@sso.org.sg.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

For further enquiries, please contact the Choral department at 6602 4215/4241 or email choral@sso.org.sg.

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.

Till then, you may revisit our musical moments, on the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Choruses’ YouTube channel, our Spotify page and our recordings.

How are choir rehearsals conducted?
Our rehearsals now run digitally on Zoom. Each rehearsal consists of a combination of sectionals, small group (online) singing and score study sessions. Rehearsals are focused primarily on vocal development and future concert preparations.

What are rehearsal times like?
Choir rehearsal times have been kept the same. The Singapore Symphony Chorus and Youth Choir rehearse on Monday evenings, and the Children’s Choir, on Saturdays. Do refer to each choir’s FAQs for specific rehearsal times.

I’m interested. Are auditions for the Singapore Symphony Choruses still open?
Yes! We are still running auditions for all of our choirs. The Singapore Symphony Chorus and Youth Choir continue to run ad-hoc auditions weekly; registration for the Children’s Choir’s annual auditions (happening Oct 2020) is open!

If you’re keen or have questions, do drop us an email at choral@sso.org.sg!

What are the auditions going to be like?
As with all things going online, our auditions will also be administered digitally. To help us hear you fairly (fuzzy internet connections abound), you will be required to prepare an audition video and for short aural and musicianship tests.

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.

I’m interested, how can I get in touch?
We’d love to hear from you. Do email us a copy of the completed audition form to choral@sso.org.sg and we’ll get in touch with arrangements.

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 choral@sso.org.sg 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.