NAFA celebrates the season of giving with its inaugural Scholars Give Back Series

13 November 2020

2 December 2020, Wednesday, 8.00pm - 8.30pm
Premiering on NAFA’s YouTube Channel
Followed by weekly episodes on 9, 16 and 23 December 2020

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) proudly presents the inaugural Scholars Give Back Series, its first-ever online fundraising series of performances to be launched on 2 December 2020 (Wednesday), from 8pm to 8.30pm. This series will see 12 music acts, comprising 14 alumni scholars from NAFA’s School of Music (SOM), deliver performances over four weekly webisodes.

Programmed by Dr Zechariah Goh Toh Chai, Head of Composition at SOM, this series also involves current students and faculty, representing the diverse musical talents from NAFA. All funds raised go to the NAFA Education Fund, for scholarships and financial awards aimed at recognising academic achievements and assisting with education costs.

The first webisode includes performances by Donald Law, Liang Xin Yu and Evelyn Handrisanto. Handrisanto graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) in 2017 and received the NAFA Scholarship (Diploma) and Leong Yoon Pin Scholarship (Degree) during her time at the academy. Her group Quartre Music will be performing Galop Marche by Albert Lavignac, where all four musicians will be playing on the piano simultaneously. Musicians featured in the series also include Chee Jun Sian (Cello), Chew Kai Xin (Clarinet), Kseniia Vokhmianina (Piano), Karen Tay (Harp) and Lim Han Quan (Electone) who will be performing his original musical compositions, amongst others.

These performances look to entertain and drum up publicity while inviting viewers to gift donations in support of NAFA. As the academy is a not-for-profit organisation with an Institution of a Public Character (IPC) status, it relies on donors and benefactors to pursue its mission to inspire learning and growth through the arts. Fundraising limitations due to the pandemic birthed this initiative. “With key events being cancelled due to safe management measures, NAFA’s regular fundraising initiatives have been reduced. With a keen spirit of creativity, exploration and resilience, we decided to organise this online series to benefit our students in need with a modest fundraising goal of $10,000,” explained Hazel Chan, Director of Strategic Development at NAFA.

“The Scholars Give Back Series is a compelling platform for individuals who have benefitted from financial assistance to pay it forward, lend a helping hand to their juniors who face similar circumstances as they previously did, while showcasing their talents and development from an enriching arts education,” added Oscar Ng, Head of NAFA’s Alumni Relations Office. Recipient of the Ngee Ann Kongsi Scholarship (Diploma) and OCBC Local Undergraduate Scholarship, Sophie Gay (Guzheng), also expressed her gratitude in pursuing her passion at NAFA through financial aids. “I hope to do my part as an alumni scholar to contribute and motivate others to give back to the academy through our talents,” she said.

Flautist Janelle Yuen shared some words of encouragement to aspiring musicians during these trying times, “Keep working and practicing hard, even when you feel discouraged or think you'll never be good enough. Becoming a musician is hard work, but in the end, it is such a rewarding experience as you see your music help and touch other people”.

Scholars-Give-Back-Series-02 NAFA invites you to join us for the Scholars Give Back Series, enjoy the performances and take the chance to do your part for arts education.

You can contribute to this fundraising effort from 15 November to 31 December 2020 at or through mobile bank applications.

Enter givetonafa in the reference field when making a contribution. Donations above $10 will be entitled to 2.5x tax exemption.

ANNEX 1 – Scholars Give Back Series Schedule
ANNEX 2 – Performing Alumni Scholars Profiles
ANNEX 3 – Background Information