Virtual Studiorum Series 3

4 June 2020, 8pm (GMT +8)

New Music (Online) for performances and rehearsals
Kodály Academy of Music Singapore is proud to present its third edition of its virtual Studiorum series. Besides featuring some of Walton Music’s new choral work, we will also be discussing topics which include:
– the instrumentation and size viable for performances
– tips on how to create idiomatic works of art for the digital medium
– improvisation and composition of music with the use of video and online tools
– how to co-create with audiences
– Constraints and challenges of using Zoom
– Copyright issues especially in the digital medium
-Lots of content and knowledge to be picked up


Dr. HOH Chung Shih, Chairperson, Composers Society of Singapore
As a homegrown composer with an emerging international presence, Hoh Chung Shih has worked with some of world’s premier contemporary musicians from Asia, Europe and America. He also guest directed the Magnetic Band, Singapore first contemporary music ensemble, and has been the President of Composers Society of Singapore, our national representative to Asian Composers League since 2016. As a teacher, he has lectured extensively on his music, and his interest such as composition, and guqin music worldwide at numerous institutions.

Lee Jin Jun , Composer
Award winning Singaporean composer Lee Jinjun has been actively involved in the music scene as both a composer and performer for the past 10 years. As a member of the Composers Society of Singapore, his works have been conducted by renowned composer Johan de Meij, Mark Heron, Alvin Arumugam, and Adrian Tan, and performed by the Singapore Wind Symphony, Singapore Management University Symphonia and the Raffles Winds. Most recently, his piece Autumnal Fireworks clinched the first prize at the Singapore International Band Festival Composition Competition in the Grade 4 category.

PROF Cameron LABARR , Director of Choral Activities, Missouri State University
Cameron F. LaBarr is the director of choral studies at Missouri State University where he leads a comprehensive choral program. Choirs under his direction have been selected for numerous performance including Tennessee Music Education Association Conference, Tennessee ACDA Conference, Missouri Music Educators Association Conference. Most recently, Dr. LaBarr served on the jury panel for the 8th Bali International Choir Festival and guest conducted the Limerick Sings International Choral Festival (Ireland).

Susan LABARR , Editor, Walton Music
Susan LaBarr is an active, published composer and the Editor of Walton Music. While at Missouri State, Susan sang in the Concert Chorale under the direction of Dr. Guy B. Webb. She toured to Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, France, The Netherlands, Germany, and across the United States with the Chorale, and was a featured soloist on several works from 2004-2007. Susan is also a member of the American Choral Directors Association and Chorus America, and is an active supporter of the International Federation for Choral Music and Choristers Guild.

Albert Tay , Director, Kodály Academy of Music (Singapore)
Composer-conductor Albert Tay is an internationally renowned musician, educator and adjudicator. Apart from guest conducting, he delivers keynote lectures and professional development courses for musicians and educators, and provides workshops for choral and instrumental ensembles. His work has taken him to numerous cities in Croatia, Indonesia, Hungary, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, the UK and the USA on invitation by award-winning choirs as well as various national institutions, associations or foundations for choirs and/or education.

Reuben Lai (moderator) ,Director, Schola Cantorum Singapore Ltd
Reuben Lai is the first Singaporean to be chosen for the prestigious Samling scholarship and participated in public and private masterclasses at the Sage, Gatehead in Newcastle with Sir Thomas Allen and Isobel Buchanan. As a performer, he has worked with many groups both locally and in the UK. Most recently, he founded a chamber opera company L’arietta Productions with soprano Akiko Otao and have produced 3 critically acclaimed contemporary operas. He is currently in demand as a singing teacher and workshop clinician beside his works as an adjunct teacher in the School of the Arts and a lecturer at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.