The Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra (SNYCO) is a group of highly talented musicians between the ages of 11 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.
SNYCO has been under the management of SCO since 2003 and held its premiere concert in 2004. SNYCO members receive professional tutelage under the guidance of SCO musicians. Members in mainstream secondary schools with sustained involvement in SNYCO will have their participation in the orchestra recognised in lieu of a school-based cocurricular activity (CCA).
SNYCO members gain experiences through various performing opportunities throughout the year. SNYCO Budding Talents concert held in December 2005 showcased the orchestra’s young musicians through both solo and ensemble performances. In the same year, the orchestra collaborated with local institutions to stage theatrical concerts.
The high standard of SNYCO is proven through its sell-out concerts. In 2015, SNYCO staged a combined concert with the Singapore National Youth Orchestra in SNYCO & SNYCO Concerts: Symphonic Gifts. This combined youth orchestra concert was a significant event as it was the first collaboration between the two national youth orchestras recognized under the NPOE. In March 2007, SNYCO performed in SNYCO Chamber Recital Concert and in September the same year, staged a Beautiful Sunday concert at the Esplanade.
Since 2005, SNYCO members have been participating in the Hong Kong Youth Music Camp to enhance their performing skills. In July 2013, SNYCO was invited to perform at the Taiwan Hsinchu Chinese Music Festival. SNYCO was also invited to perform at the Tainan International Qixi Art Festival in July 2006 and staged its debut concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall in September 2006. SNYCO members also get opportunities to participate in workshops and master classes conducted by renowned artistes such as George Gao, Yang Wei and Mark O’Connor. Quek Ling Kiong is the Music Director for SNYCO with Maestro Tsung Yeh as its advisor and Moses Gay as its conductor.
SNYCO is under the purview of the National Arts Council and supported by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth since 1 April 2015.
To establish SNYCO as the leading youth Chinese orchestra at home and internationally recognized for its artistic excellence and rich Singapore heritage.
To inspire, nurture and develop our youth into exemplary music advocates to serve the community.
[S]incere Attitude towards Music Making 挚诚演绎
[N]urturing Resilience 坚韧不拔
[Y]earning for Creativity 崇尚创意
[C]ompassion for Diversity of Life 关爱社会
[O]ptimising Full Potential towards Excellent Performance 力求卓越