TEACHING/

PROJECTS

MODULES TAUGHT &

PROJECTS LED AT YST

Core Modules

TEXT AND MUSIC (MUT2205)

WARES and WAVES is a collaborative project created by YST's Text and Music class (2020) in response to the Tang Shipwreck Collection housed at the ACM (Asian Civilisations Museum). Curated by myself and Dr Sara Florian, the project features musical Waves corresponding to the lines of Florian's new poem "Wares", inspired by poetry of the Tang dynasty (618–907) and the Tang Shipwreck. Discovered in 1998 off the coast of Belitung Island in the Java Sea, the recovered cargo provides evidence of interactions between past cultures in Asia and the Middle East and serves as a fascinating resource for this musical creation.

The collaboration with the ACM interweaves poetry, music composed and improvised by the students, and images of the Tang Shipwreck cargo and modern Singapore. The work was originally presented on 13 November 2020 through the ACM Facebook page.

KAMPUNG DRAMA was inspired by Liu Kang's painting "Life By The River" housed at the National Gallery. This is a collaborative project created by YST's 'Music and Text' class (2019) performed at the gallery's 'Resonates With' series. 

COUNTERPOINT THROUGH THE AGES 

(MUT2202)

INTRODUCTION TO 

MUSICAL CONCEPTS AND MATERIALS (MUT1101) co-taught with Adeline Wong and Karst De Jong

Electives

BACH SUITES (MUT3216)

ROMANTIC STYLES (MUT3213)

CONCERTO AND CADENZA (MUT3214)

CHORAL COMPOSITION (MUT3222)

Special Projects

MYANMAR/SINGAPORE 50 YEARS CONCERT

Ms Suu Kyi (in green) speaking to the musicians after the concert, with Mr Saw (far left) and Asst. Prof

Chen (2nd from right) looking on

 

 

Originally published on NUS NEWS

01 September 2016

Bonding with music

 

Students from Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM) at NUS gave a resounding performance together with a Myanmar orchestra and traditional Myanmar ensemble in two concerts at Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon. Held on 22 and 24 August respectively, the concerts organised by the Singapore Embassy in Yangon, marked the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Myanmar.

The concert repertoire was selected to represent several genres, from Western classical music to traditional Myanmar songs, as well as pieces specially composed by Assistant Professor Chen Zhangyi from YSTCM and Burmese cellist Mr Saw James Hsar Doe Soe. Mr Saw is the first Burmese alumnus to graduate from the Conservatory. “The project was such a great experience because I not only took on the role of a musician, but also became an ambassador of the music between our two countries,” said Mr Saw, a co-conductor, who was very pleased with the outcome.

Ms Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s State Counsellor and Foreign Minister, and Burmese dignitaries as well as Mr Robert Chua, Singapore’s Ambassador to Myanmar, attended the concert in Nay Pyi Taw. The concert in Yangon was broadcast live on national television.

Asst Prof Chen, co-conductor of the concerts, said, “It was a rare opportunity for us to perform for Ms Aung San Suu Kyi in Nay Pyi Taw. At the end of the concert, she even came up to the stage to speak to the musicians. We also really enjoyed the response of the audience at Yangon.”

Summing up the joint performance, Year 2 YSTCM student Gabriel Hoe remarked, “It was truly one unique sound. The combination of a traditional saing waing ensemble and a Western orchestra was indeed refreshing. What more can you ask for, when you get to perform in such a show while making music with newfound friends from Myanmar?”

By Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music