Have you ever wanted to experience what it’s like to play in an ensemble, and in particular, in a string ensemble? Be surrounded by like-minded people who love music? Or simply have an interest in learning a new instrument? Well, Nanyang String Ensemble (NYSE) is the right Co-Curricular Activity (CCA) for you!
NYSE has about 66 members as of today, whose instruments consist of the violin, viola, cello and double bass, with a few even learning the harp. Besides participating in the biennial Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Arts Presentation, achieving distinction, NYSE has represented the school in Vienna, Austria in 2018 to participate in the Summa Cum Laude Music Festival, placing 4th internationally. You can also look forward to having various performance opportunities. We also hold our very own concerts once every two years, sometimes collaborating with other schools or CCAs and perform at lunchtime concerts in school and other school events.
Mr Lim Soon Lee has been NYSE’s conductor since 2015. A conductor as well as a violinist and violist, Mr Lim is also the Music Director of the National University of Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Having served on the National Arts Council Resource Panel and as an advisor for the National Music Competition from 1987 to 1997, Mr Lim has made profound contributions to the musical growth in organizations he has served in.
NYSE CCA sessions are on every Tuesday and Friday, for about three hours each session. During CCA, we either practise together as an ensemble or in sectionals. If you are picking up a new instrument, you can look forward to spending a year in our Training Ensemble (TE), where you become familiar with your instrument and ensemble playing first, before joining the Main Ensemble (ME). Our repertoire ranges from classical to pop music, so you can be certain to find something you enjoy!
Our conductor, instructors, teachers-in-charge and CCA members are all very welcoming. We would certainly love to have you as a part of our NYSE family!
Required: e-auditions & e-interview
Date: 21 July to 6 August
(Shortlisted applicants will be notified via email at least 1 week before the date)