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Albert Tay

Kodály Academy of Music, Director

BA (Hons) in Music, 2006 ; Diploma in Music, 2005



NAFA was a significant milestone in my life where I was afforded the opportunity to meet and learn from fantastic mentors and practising artists like Ms Jennifer Tham, Dr Zechariah Goh and the late Mr Leong Yoon Pin. Their generosity and passion for music continues to be an inspiration for me!

Industry Experience

Composer-conductor Albert Tay is in demand internationally as a musician, educator and adjudicator. Upon his completion of the Diploma in Music at NAFA, he went on to further his studies at University of Wales and Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music, obtaining BA (Hons) in Music and MA (Excellent with Distinctions) respectively.

Apart from guest conducting, he has delivered keynote lectures and professional development courses for musicians and educators, and has given workshops for choral and instrumental ensembles. His work has taken him to various cities in Indonesia, Hungary, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, UK and the USA on invitation by award-winning choirs, national institutions and associations for choirs and education. Albert’s compositions have been premiered, commissioned and performed by some of the finest, award-winning conductors and choirs internationally.

As founding director of the Kodály Academy of Music (Singapore), Albert oversees the arts company that has been spearheading the Asia Kodály Symposium (AKS) in collaboration with his alma mater, the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music. Apart from organising and teaching conducting and choral workshops under KAM’s local ‘Studiorum Series’ workshops, Albert was a part-time lecturer for Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, teaching choral conducting, and Associate Faculty for UniSIM for music appreciation & ensemble skills. He was chorus master for live-to-screen projections of “Lord of the Rings” and Richard Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman”, and has commissioned and premiered numerous Singaporean works ranging from opera and choral to solo voice. His school choirs have consistently garnered top prizes and reviews locally and internationally.

Albert is a recipient of scholarships from the International Kodály Society, National Arts Council (Singapore) and NAFA for his degree and post-graduate studies.


  • 2016 Orientale Concentus – Gold Medal and Category Winner, Equal Voices (Junior) and Special Prize for “Outstanding Performance of a Singaporean Work” for his composition “Ecce Crucem Domini”
  • 2015 World Choral Expo Choral Competition – 2 Gold Medals, 1st Place, Category Champions, Youth Category (Under 24) and 2nd place, Children’s Category (Under 16)
  • Composition featured at the 2015 ‘Europa Cantat’