Asia Kodály Symposium – Past Programmes

2014: Jakarta

The inaugural 2014 AKS was successfully held in Jakarta, Indonesia with over 400 participants including delegates, performers and concert-going audience.

The performances at the symposium featured some of Indonesia and Taiwan’s most established artists as well as emerging conductors and choirs.

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2016: Kaohsiung

The AKS was held in Kaohsiung for the first time from 11 to 14 August 2016.

Apart from workshops and presentations for conductors, music studio and classroom teachers as well as music students, the AKS also featured a choral festival themed ‘Let the World Rejoice’ where top choirs came together to compete and perform in a friendly atmosphere.

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2018: Kaohsiung (special edition!) 

The AKS was held in Kaohsiung from 15-18 August 2018 for a second time because of significant support and positive feedback from local universities and communities. AKS 2018 provided participants with more in-depth insights into Kodaly-inspired education, with progressive musicianship training, lesson demonstrations as well as choral training and direction for conductors.

A roundtable discussion for the local community was well attended where top conductors and educators shared their experiences.

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2020: Virtual Edition, Singapore

True to our core values of excellence, people and innovation, KAM was one of the earliest innovators and adopters of the virtual conference format, putting together its largest ever symposium – over 30 hours of top-notch content by leading musicians, thinkers and educators from around the world.

The 4th AKS was also testament to the KAMSG team’s organisational capabilities, putting together a week-long symposium with just 2 months preparation. Hosted by Singapore, the international event was held in celebration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between Hungary-Singapore and premier choir collective Schola Cantorum Singapore Ltd.’s 5th Anniversary.

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2022: 10th Anniversary, Singapore

The 5th AKS was held in Singapore from 15-21 August 2022. Presented in a hybrid format for the very first time to expand possibilities for participation in face-to-face and virtual platforms, the 5th AKS explored the theme of “Engaging the Masses, Building Bridges Through Music”.

The 5th AKS engaged with ideas of advocacy through music, creative ways of bridging the divide between classical and pop music, equitably empowering the masses with tools and ideas for music literacy as well as explored diverse cultures and pedagogical ideas that include but are not limited to Kodaly-inspired methods.

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