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SCS Festival Chorus : Open Call For Singers

SCS Festival Chorus : Open Call For Singers

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Last Updated: 25 October 2018

4 wonderful works of poetry, penned by Singaporean writers, set to music by Singaporean composers. Join the Schola Cantorum Singapore Festival Chorus at the Singapore Writers’ Festival, in collaboration with Singapore Press Holdings in celebration of mainstream Chinese newspaper Zaobao’s 95 Anniversary!

Singers will get a rare opportunity to meet with some of the composers of these works, experience basic theatre/movement work, and be part of a theatrical presentation!

Don’t wait, sign up now! Limited vacancies only!

Registrations are closed for the Festival Choir. To join the Chamber Choir or inquire about upcoming performances, please visit this page to find out more!

Entry into SCS Festival Chorus
Former SCS members or KAM affiliates will be considered favourably. All interested participants will be assessed during the trial rehearsal for musicianship, vocal quality and suitability for the project. A short interview and voice placement test may be required.
Fees Involved
$20.00 (admin fees inclusive of music scores).
Payment can be made in cash, or via bank transfer. Details will be provided upon acceptance into SCS.
Project Brief
The performance is part of the week-long Singapore Writers' Festival festivities. SCS is honoured by the invitation from the Singapore Press Holdings to premiere 4 choral works written by four Singaporean composers set to poetry by Singaporean writers. Singers will get a rare opportunity to meet with some of the composers of these works as well as engage with basic theatre/movement work.

Due to potential use of theatrical elements in the production, memorisation of the work is necessary.
Schola Cantorum Singapore
Schola Cantorum Singapore (SCS) was established in 2015 as a choral collective of singers to provide choral enthusiasts with an open, educational outlook to music and singing, seeking to nurture the next generation of professional musicians, music educators and music lovers.

The SCS Festival Chorus is the community project-based choir arm of SCS. The SCS Festival Chorus first began as the chorus for the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra - World Tour in 2017 together with the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra (Singapore).

We have begun preparations for the project and Festival Chorus members are called to join us, fulfilling the mandatory rehearsal requirement listed in this document.
Expectations of SCS Festival Chorus members
Participation in performance is a privilege based on (but not limited to) assessments of attendance, ability, attitude (e.g. team player) & awareness.

Members are encouraged to attend more rehearsals than the mandatory as ideally, all 4 works are to be memorised to facilitate staging work. At least 2 of the 4 works have been confirmed as needing memorisation. Some basic staging and movement are required for this performance.

Please refer to the schedule further down on this page. Members with exceptional circumstances will be considered for inclusion on a case-by-case basis.

All members are to ensure that they have the necessary uniform as per the expected dress code. This information will be provided upon acceptance into SCS.

Members are also to respect copyright and ensure that music performed for the project are not to be shared without prior permission. If you have any inquiries about the music, do feel free to contact the KAM team or the Choir Manager.
SCS Personnel
Artistic Director: Albert TAY
Assistant to Director: Alvis CHIOANG
Business Manager: Jocelyne HILL
Logistics & Choir Manager: Derrick KAM

SCS Music Committee

Section Leaders:

TEO Hsin Ching, FADZLIANIE Yusof (Soprano Section Leaders)
Michelle YAP, Marie Anne CHIA (Alto Section Leaders)
Gerald LEOW, Derrick KAM (Tenor Section Leaders)
ANG Shen Ting, ANG Jian Zhong (Bass Section Leaders)
What are the audition requirements for the SCS?
  • Prepare and sing an unaccompanied solo song from memory (preferably classical or broadway but pop is also acceptable if done well). N.B. You might be stopped midway through a song but don't mind us as we may have limited time to audition each person.
  • Simple testing of vocal range (e.g. sing the 'a' vowel up and down a simple scale).
  • Sight-reading of a few bars of music (for those who read music) OR learning by ear, a few bars of music.
How am I assessed for the auditions?
  • Vocal quality.
  • A good ear and ability to cooperate and sing a cappella with others.
  • Commitment to rehearsals, performance/ recording projects and tours.
  • Ability to sight-read or learn by ear.
  • Prior experience in vocal ensembles will be considered favourably.
When and where do the SCS choir(s) rehearse?
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
73 Ubi Rd 1
Singapore 408733

Nearest MRT: CC11 Tai Seng
Can I come for a trial session?
We understand that it is sometimes difficult to find the one choir suiting all your wishes and needs. Therefore you are welcomed to take one free trial session to get to know the choir and its philosophy.
Terms and Conditions
While KAM does its utmost to run the SCS as announced, changes in the program and schedule may occur and do not entitle members to a fee reduction or refund. KAM shall not be liable for any failure of or delay in the changes or cancellation of any rehearsals/performances for the period that such failure or delay is due to causes beyond its reasonable control, including but not limited to acts of God, war, strikes or labor disputes, embargoes, government orders or any other force majeure event. KAM cannot be held liable for any damages and expenses incurred by individuals or any parties associated with this event. KAM recommends that SCS members arrange for insurance.

Do note that photos, videos and various forms of media recordings will be taken at any point in time and may be used for KAM's (or partner institutions') marketing purposes across all communications channels. On registering, you agree to give KAM permission to do so at no cost and will be asked to sign a media release form.

The KAM website contains the most up-to-date information available and members/choristers are highly encouraged to continue visiting the site for the latest information. KAM reserves the right to modify these Terms and Conditions at any time and do so by posting the updated terms on the KAM website. Your decision to continue participation in the SCS after such changes have been made constitutes your formal acceptance of the new Terms of Service.