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.