Albert-Tay

Albert Tay (Director/Founder)

Believing in ‘Education Through the Arts, For the Arts’, Albert has spent the past decade reaching out to the masses, cultivating sound values, fine character and intelligent musicians through disciplined choral performance and Kodály-inspired music education. As a result, the composer-conductor’s various choirs have won top prizes and reviews in competitions both locally and internationally.

In 2011, Albert was conferred the prestigious International Kodály Society Scholarship for his Masters studies in Kodály Music Pedagogy at the International Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music where he graduated “Excellent with Distinctions”. Albert is a recipient of the National Arts Council (NAC) Georgette Chen Scholarship, NAC Arts Bursary and the NAFA Scholarship for his Diploma and Bachelor (Hons) studies majoring in voice at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Singapore) where he graduated with distinctions.

Albert is currently working closely with the Singapore Teachers Academy for the aRts (STAR) where he trains future Ministry of Education (MOE) music teachers and conducts the STAR Teachers’ Choir. He has taught choral conducting at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and has given lectures & workshops to music teachers, choirs and wind bands both locally and abroad. Since returning from Hungary, he has been mentoring young music teachers and conductors in their work. He is Associate Faculty with SIM University (UniSIM) and teaches people from all walks of life in the art of listening and feeling in music appreciation. He serves the local choral community as committee member (publicity) on the Choral Directors’ Association (Singapore) and is a member of the International Kodály Society (IKS) and the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM).

Albert was Artistic Director for the International Festival Chamber Choir, a select choir, as well as the 100-strong non-auditioned International Festival Chorus (IFC) Singapore that straddles repertoire ranging from popular music, music theatre to chamber choral-orchestral and groundbreaking, large-scale performances such as the 3-hour long live-to-screen movie-concert of “Lord of the Rings” in collaboration with the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra.  Incorporating elements of theatre, poetry-reading etc., IFC bore witness to artistically designed, multi-disciplinary performances that engaged both music specialists and the man-on-the-street.

Albert previously sang for the SYC Ensemble Singers (formerly Singapore Youth Choir) since 2004 and later served as Assistant Conductor (2006 – 2011). He was previously Assistant Conductor for the Singapore Lyric Opera Chorus (2005) and also assisted and led rehearsals for the Kecskemét Festival Chorus (Hungary) (2011-12). His decades-long conducting work with school choirs has afforded him broad perspectives of Singaporean music education – ranging from primary to tertiary education, children with special needs to students at the forefront of academia, boys schools, mixed co-ed schools to girls schools etc.  He credits Ms Jennifer Tham and Professor Péter Erdei as his primary influences in conducting.

As a composer, Albert’s first forays into composition were in the form of improvisations at the piano at the age of six. His mentors include Dr. Zechariah Goh Toh Chai (Head of Composition, NAFA) and Cultural Medallion winners Dr. Kelly Tang (Arts Dean, School of the Arts, SOTA) and composer doyen, the late Mr. Leong Yoon Pin. Ever curious about different Art forms ranging from visual arts, dance, theatre and film, Albert’s penchant for poetry and conducting work are the creative spurs for his predominantly choral output. His compositions have been showcased in concerts, festivals and competitions all over the world.

Albert is happily married to Annica and enjoys attending concerts, reading about music, and composing during his free time. He takes a break from Art whenever his two young children Athena and Aeolus ask him to play, sing or doodle.