The Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra (SNYCO) is a group of highly talented musicians between the ages of 10 to 26, under the National Project of Excellence (NPOE) recognised by the Ministry of Education. With more than 90 members, SNYCO aims to nurture aspiring young musicians and groom them to be the future pillars of Singapore’s Chinese music industry. Only the finest musicians are selected through auditions to become members of SNYCO.

Quek Ling Kiong was appointed as SCO’s Principal Conductor from 1 January 2023 and SNYCO’s Music Director from 1 January 2016


The Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra (SNYCO) is an orchestra organised under the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) National Project of Excellence (NPOE). Members ofthe orchestra come from a diverse range of backgrounds and have all been selected through a rigorous process. Every year, recruitment is open to tertiary and arts institutions, and alsomainstream primary and secondary schools. In the 2022 Singapore Chinese Music Competition, 19 musicians from SNYCO won 1 Solo Grand Category, 1 Audience Choice Award, 7 First Prizes, 5 Second Prizes and 6 Third Prizes. From its inception, SNYCO holds 3 major ticketed concerts annually and since 2017, it has taken the additional step of performing in outreach and educational concerts in neighbourhood schools, the heartlands and communities. Not only do these concerts give the musicians more performance opportunities and stage experience, they also help to promote Chinese music to the communities.

To date, SNYCO has nurtured numerous outstanding musicians, and among them, nine have successfully joined the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO), establishing themselves as professional full-time musicians. Besides becoming professional musicians and distinguished members of the Singapore Chinese music fraternity, many other SNYCO members have also moved on to become respected professionals in their respective fields, making innumerable contributions to both the Singapore arts scene and various corporations and institutions.

Under the leadership of Music Director Quek Ling Kiong, SNYCO seeks to nurture aspiring youths to be the future pillars of Singapore’s Chinese music scene. Currently, there are over 90 members in SNYCO between the ages of 10 and 26 who receive professional tutelage under the guidance of 13 SCO musicians. They also represent more than 35 schools in Singapore. Members enrolled in mainstream (MOE) secondary schools who have sustained involvement with SNYCO will have their participation recognized in lieu of a school-based Co-Curricular Activity (CCA), with the potential of receiving the highest CCA grades.


From the many sold-out concerts to the critically-acclaimed overseas concert tours, the high standards of SNYCO have firmly established it as one of the premier youth orchestras, bothlocally and regionally. With the full support of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and the National Arts Council, under the experienced management of SCO, SNYCO enjoysexceptional resources and facilities. SNYCO will persevere in its mission to inspire, nurture, and develop our youth into exemplary music advocates to serve the community.

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