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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.

The Kodaly Academy of Music (KAM) believes that spiritually nourishing art music with good 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, Australasia, 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 (university students, data scientists, civil servants, accountants, engineers, homemakers etc.). Our youngest member was 17 and the oldest were in their 50s with the majority in their 20s & 30s.

Our music, like our people, is an eclectic mix of genres and languages. The choirs repertoire spans choral gems by living Singaporean composers, Asian and ASEAN choral works in Mandarin, Chinese dialects, Japanese etc., Renaissance polyphony, African-American spirituals, Christmas carols and pop music like You Raise Me Up. We have performed in major concert halls and theatres here and abroad as well as in unusual venues ranging from the prestigious Tanglin Club, W Hotel, Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay to Zouk! Our members have also enjoyed specialised training in related art forms e.g. stagecraft, movement, music literacy etc.

  • Esplanade Presents: SEEDS (March 2017)
    Esplanade Presents: SEEDS (March 2017)
  • Esplanade Presents: SEEDS (March 2017)
    Esplanade Presents: SEEDS (March 2017)
  • Cantus 2017 featuring Formosa Singers (August 2017)
    Cantus 2017 featuring Formosa Singers (August 2017)
  • Cantus 2017 featuring Formosa Singers (August 2017)
    Cantus 2017 featuring Formosa Singers (August 2017)
  • Fighter Writer Yu (October 2017)
    Fighter Writer Yu (October 2017)
  • Fighter Writer Yu (October 2017)
    Fighter Writer Yu (October 2017)
  • Fighter Writer Yu (October 2017)
    Fighter Writer Yu (October 2017)
  • Caroling @ Regent Hotel for Accademia Italiana della Cucina (December 2017)
    Caroling @ Regent Hotel for Accademia Italiana della Cucina (December 2017)
  • Guest performance with the Ministry of Bellz (January 2018)
    Guest performance with the Ministry of Bellz (January 2018)

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 Singapores opera scene.

The SCS Opera Chorus was the backbone of the first fully staged Singaporean production of Richard Wagners 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 Singapores foremost theatre directors Glen Goei & Chong Tze Chien, and conducted by Darrell Ang.

The SCS Opera Chorus also premiered Dr. John Sharpleys The Tanglin Tree in celebration of The Tanglin Clubs 150th Anniversary in a modern chamber opera in collaboration with top local singers, Reuben Lai and Akiko Otao.

SCS Festival Chorus

The SCS Festival Chorus was formed in response to ever-increasing demands for fully-independent symphonic choruses as Singapores 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 SCSs 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 games fifteenth anniversary. The SCS Festival Chorus also performed in 《遇见》 Rhapsody in Verse, a staged concert at the 2018 Singapore Writers Festival organised by the National Arts Council Singapore and Singapore Press Holdings as part of Zaobaos 95th 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 choirs main rehearsal venue is currently at

Metro Philharmonic Society

Oxley Bizhub 1
73 Ubi Rd 1 (Lobby 6, behind Yamato restaurant)
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, and 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!