SCO, NAFA partnership to boost Chinese classical music scene

04 April 2022
The Straits Times

The Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) inked a three-year agreement on 1 Apr to preserve and promote traditional Chinese arts, music, and culture. It will also provide more performance, learning, and career opportunities for NAFA students. The agreement was signed by SCO Executive Director Terence Ho and NAFA President Tan-Soh Wai Lan. Mrs Tan says since 2009, the SCO and Nafa have been working hand in hand to foster a more vibrant Chinese music ecosystem by nurturing budding musicians. “Our students have had the privilege of viewing SCO’s closed-door rehearsals, learning from fruitful internship opportunities, and performing on stage alongside SCO

musicians,” she adds. Ho said that the partnership will help identify opportunities for NAFA students to gain work experience in the orchestra and offer platforms for integrated programmes in Chinese instrumental studies. They hope the partnership will provide more opportunities for budding Chinese classical musicians to make their mark in Singapore and beyond.

Meanwhile, Moses Gay (NAFA Alumnus), SCO’s youngest associate conductor to date, hoped that SCO and the Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra (SNYCO) would be able to play a part in growing and grooming the next generation of Chinese orchestral musicians and administrators from NAFA by providing performance platforms and opportunities at SNYCO. It was also noted that NAFA’s Adjunct Lecturer James Yap and Vice-Dean of the Pedagogy and Research unit, Dr Rebecca Kan, were two of Gay’s mentors.

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