2023 has indeed been an especially fruitful year for the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO). Recognizing that the youth are our potential audiences of tomorrow, we have made concerted efforts to introduce our distinctive brand of Chinese orchestral music to schools through various means.
Tunes of SCO
A cornerstone of SCO’s educational initiatives, we have continued to bring our Tunes of SCO assembly show to both public and international schools. Whether performing within the familiar surrounds of their campuses or inviting them to our concert hall, teachers and students have consistently lauded the diversity of music presented by our orchestra and the high level of engagement provided by our conductors with the audience.
“The programming and the pacing were really excellent, and many of us noted that Moses seemed very comfortable and experienced in speaking to young people. (…) I definitely would like to invite you back again.” Janine Larsen, Head of Primary Music, United World College of South East Asia
SCOtify: A Performing Arts-Based Learning Concert
“I liked how the whole programme was planned, which allowed students to vote and have a say - this got the students excited and also helped prepare them for the next piece” Teacher (Anon)
Commissioned by the National Arts Council (NAC) in partnership with the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Performing Arts-Based Learning extended pilot has proved to be an invaluable asset in connecting with lower secondary school students.
Drawing inspiration from the popular streaming app ‘Spotify’, students had the opportunity to vote for their choice of pieces, creating their own customized playlist. The concert aimed not only to introduce the various sections and instruments of the Chinese orchestra but also to highlight the flexibility of this art form too, with genres from Chinese Classics, World Classics to Jazz and Blues.
Having hosted a total of 6 schools at our concert hall, this was definitely a maiden experience for many students, with members of the audience commenting that this was their first time stepping into a professional concert hall. With plans to increase the number of shows in the years to come, we hope to enable more students to experience concerts by SCO, thus nurturing the audiences of tomorrow.
“I like! I have never enjoyed Chinese orchestra this much” Student (Anon)
“You have done well. Keep up with the good work you have done and continue to scale on the world stage! “ Teacher (Anon), Ministry of Education
Our Inside SCOops! tour has attracted a diverse range of audiences in 2023 as well. From teachers, overseas guests, as well as local students alike, participants were not only made aware of the historical legacy of the Singapore Conference Hall, but also delved the SCO’s music journey. They were especially thrilled to witness our orchestra in action during our open rehearsal, providing a behind-the-scenes look at how the orchestra functions.
“On another note, I want to express my heartfelt appreciation for the exceptionally informative guided tour you and your team provided. Your insights and knowledge-sharing enriched my understanding, and the same can be said for my students as well. We truly benefited from your guidance.” Gao Xiaodong, Ngee Ann Primary School
As the year closes, the orchestra fondly reminisces about the smiles of audience members who have enjoyed the programmes we have presented for them. May 2024 bring a year of endless possibilities as we unveil even more exciting programmes for audiences old and new.
By Ng Rui Jun, Artistic Planning
“节目内容和节奏安排都非常棒。许多老师也注意到，倪恩辉在和青少年交流时，显得非常自在且经验丰富……我肯定还想再邀请新加坡华乐团到我们学校来表演！” Janine Larsen, 小学部音乐主任, 世界联合书院东南亚校区
表演艺术导向学习（Performing Arts-Based Learning）计划是国家艺术理事会发起，并与教育部合作的一项计划。在长期实验的过程中，此计划对于艺术团体与中学低年级学生建立连接效果良好。
“我希望对新加坡华乐团提供的深度导览表达由衷的谢意。导览内容极为丰富，而导览团队所分享的见解与知识让我获益良多，相信我的学生也都这么认为。乐团的指导，真的让我们受益匪浅。” 高晓东, 义安小学