Schola Cantorum Singapore Artistic Director

Schola Cantorum Singapore Artistic Director


Composer-conductor Albert Tay is in demand internationally as a musician, educator and adjudicator. Apart from guest conducting, he has delivered keynote lectures and professional development courses for musicians and educators, and has given workshops for choral and instrumental ensembles. His work has taken him to various cities in Indonesia, Hungary, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, UK and the USA on invitation by award-winning choirs as well as various national institutions, associations or societies for choirs and/or education.

As founding director of the Kodaly Academy of Music (Singapore), Albert oversees the arts company that has been spearheading the Asia Kodaly Symposium (AKS) in collaboration with his alma mater, the Kodaly Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music. Since its inception in 2014, the biannual AKS has provided concert platforms for young artists and the best international choirs and instrumentalists, whilst contributing to the continuing education of music professionals. The event was attended by delegates and panelists from Australia to America and has been held in Indonesia and Taiwan.

Apart from running conducting and choral courses and workshops under KAM's local Studiorum Series, Albert taught choral conducting at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), and music appreciation & ensemble skills at Singapore University of Social Sciences (formerly UniSIM). He was a trainer for Ministry of Education (MOE) music teachers at the Academy of Singapore Teachers (AST), Singapore Teachers Academy for the aRts (STAR) where he designed and taught curriculum in subjects ranging from music theory, pedagogy, conducting and choral singing. Albert was conductor for Dr. John Sharpley's chamber opera "The Tanglin Tree", chorus master for live-to-screen projection of "Lord of the Rings", a milestone Singaporean performance of Richard Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman" as well as Disney-Square Enix's "Kingdom Hearts World Tour". Albert has commissioned and premiered numerous Singaporean works ranging from opera, choral to solo voice. His choirs have consistently garnered top prizes and reviews, both locally and abroad.

The NAFA and Kodaly Institute (Hungary) alumnus credits his mentors Professor Peter Erdei (Hungary) and Jennifer Tham (Singapore) as major influences in his journey as a conductor, and is grateful to the International Kodaly Society, National Arts Council (Singapore) and NAFA for scholarships that supported his degree and post-graduate studies.