Schola Cantorum Singapore

Schola Cantorum [skola kantorum] (Latin for “Singing School”), is a Singapore choir collective and the premier avenue for learning music through singing.

Here at the Kodaly Academy of Music (KAM), we believe that spiritually nourishing art music and sound music education should be available to people of every kind and rank… that “Music is for Everyone”and can be achieved through singing!

Schola Cantorum Singapore, or SCS for short, is a flexible choir collective that will be offering groups of all sizes, voicing and levels of singing – ranging from festival chorus to chamber choirs. from mixed SATB to equal voices SSAA/TTBB, from adult to children choirs, from amateur to professional. Apart from catering to educationist efforts in the form of un-auditioned choruses where one can learn fundamentals of music theory through singing and performance, the collective currently has a professional level chamber choir for hire for corporate events and artistic projects.

Ongoing Choruses

SCS Chamber Choir

The Schola Cantorum Singapore Chamber Choir is an auditioned, semi-professional mixed choir with over 30 singers from diverse backgrounds, bound by a love for music-making. The Chamber Choir is a melting pot of interesting people with many areas of expertise, based in Singapore but hailing from different corners of the globe from Asia, Australiasia, Europe and North America. The occupations of our members range from music professionals (including classically trained soloists, music educators, choral conductors, music majors, composers) to serious music hobbyists from all walks of life (including photojournalist, lawyers, engineers, homemakers, teachers, bankers, among many others). The majority of members are mostly in their 20s-50s.

Our music, like our people, is an eclectic mix of genres and languages. The choir’s repertoire spans choral gems by living Singaporean composers (some of whom are in the choir), Asian and ASEAN choral works in Japanese, Mandarin and other dialects, modern chamber operas in collaboration with top local singers like Reuben Lai and Akiko Otao, Renaissance polyphony, African-American spirituals, Christmas carols and pop music in the form of choral arrangements like ‘You Raise Me Up’. We have performed in concert halls overseas and locally, in clubs ranging from the prestigious Tanglin Club to nightclubs like Zouk!! Our members have also enjoyed specialised training in related art forms e.g. stagecraft and movement.

Project Choruses

SCS Opera Chorus

The SCS Opera Chorus endeavours to be one of the finest opera choruses in Singapore. The aim of the chorus is to build up a core group of choristers and soloists to ensure ongoing development of our individual members and the betterment of Singapore’s opera scene.

The SCS Opera Chorus was the backbone of the first fully staged Singaporean production of Richard Wagner’s “Der fliegende Hollander” (The Flying Dutchman) for five shows in October 2016. Presented by the Richard Wagner Association (Singapore) and OperaViva Limited in association with The Finger Players, the production was directed by two of Singapore’s foremost theatre directors Glen Goei & Chong Tze Chien, and conducted by Maestro Darrell Ang.

SCS Festival Chorus

The SCS Festival Chorus was formed in response to ever-increasing demands for fully-independent symphonic choruses as Singapore’s music scene continues to mature and impress. The Chorus works on a project, for-hire basis, and is often graced with the voices of accomplished guest singers and soloists. As with SCS’s guiding philosophies, the Chorus aspires to be a platform for music lovers to explore new artistic boundaries via creative collaborations.

Notable projects include performances in collaboration with the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, conductor Aurelien Azan Zielinski and composer Yoko Shimomura for the first-ever KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra World Tour in celebration of the multi-million video game’s fifteenth anniversary.

Other Choirs

Children and youth choirs are in the works! Stay tuned!

Rehearsals

The SCS Chamber Choir rehearses weekly on Friday evenings from 7.30pm to 10.00pm. Sectional sessions and/or additional rehearsals may be called closer to performances and are usually held on Tuesday evenings form 7.30pm to 10.00pm.

The choir’s main rehearsal venue is currently at

Oxley Bizhub 1
73 Ubi Rd 1 (Lobby 6)
Singapore 408733

Nearest MRT: CC11 Tai Seng

A typical rehearsal consists of some, if not all, of the following activities: vocal training, musicianship training (using Kodaly-inspired pedagogy), sectionals, conductor-led rehearsal.

Schola Cantorum – Offering a Diverse Range of Experiences

Schola Cantorum has collaborated with renowned Singaporean artists such as Dr. John Sharpley (composer), Reuben Lai (Tenor), Akiko Otao (Soprano) and professional arts ensembles such as Ding Yi Music Company. Apart from performing at landmark events such as the Singapore International Festival of Music and Tanglin Club’s 150th Anniversary Celebrations, Schola Cantorum members have toured and participated in meaningful international events such as the inaugural 2015 Asian Cities Choral Exchange (Kaohsiung, Taiwan) performing alongside one of the city’s best choirs, Natus Cantorum. Apart from exchanges with overseas choirs, members may experience special training programmes such as stagecraft & movement training. Schola Cantorum members enjoy subsidized rates for relevant courses organized by Kodaly Academy of Music.

Whether you are someone new to choral singing or a seasoned chorister/soloist, there will be something for everyone! Click here and register now!