Conducting Masterclass with Yeh Tsung

A Conducting Masterclass with Yeh Tsung

 

BHSO proudly presents the 6th edition of an inspiring series of orchestral conducting masterclasses led by renowned maestros, which have provided invaluable professional training, practical experience and mentorship to talented aspiring conductors in Singapore. Over the years, the masterclasses have attracted conductors and teachers working with all kinds of different ensembles including symphony orchestras, symphonic bands, choirs, and Chinese orchestras. Past participants have gone on to win prizes at international conducting competitions and career opportunities with orchestras around the world.

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 masterclass will once again be led by BHSO’s Artistic Advisor, SCO Music Director and Cultural Medallion recipient Maestro Yeh Tsung. His vast professional expertise, insights and teaching experience has certainly left an indelible impression on past participants of his masterclasses.


Schedule of Events

Session  Date / Time / Venue  Details
1

28 Jan (Tue)
6.30-9.30pm
Braddell Heights CC
Mini Theatre (L2)

Preview session

Basic conducting techniques, rehearsal preparation & score study

2

1 Feb (Sat)
3-6pm
Braddell Heights CC
Mini Theatre (L2)

Conducting Chamber Ensemble

Students conduct & rehearse chamber ensemble (string quintet & piano) under teacher’s guidance

3

1 Feb (Sat)
To be confirmed

Review session

Teachers conduct interviews with each student to review their performance & learning progress.

4

2 Feb (Sun)
3-6pm
Braddell Heights CC
Exhibition Hall (L5)

Conducting Symphony Orchestra

Students conduct and rehearse BHSO under the teacher’s guidance
(approx. 20 mins each)

* Students will be permitted to record their performance at every session with personal video/audio recording equipment.


Prescribed Works

  • P. I. Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 5 (All Movements)

Students should provide their own conducting batons (if using) and the full score of both prescribed works. Students are required to be adequately prepared at every stage of the program as they may be asked to conduct the entirety or specific excerpt.


Who should apply?

The masterclass is open to anyone with some prior experience in conducting instrumental ensembles of any kind (choirs, Chinese orchestras, string orchestras, symphonic bands, etc.) and will caters to students at every level of ability (novices to working professionals).


Registration

Interested applicants may register by submitting:

  1. An updated curriculum vitae (CV) which must include:
    – Full name, date of birth, nationality & relevant biographical information
    – Contact Details (e-mail, mobile number)
    – Description of musical and/or conducting training & experience
  2. Video recording (approx. 5 minutes) with good quality sound that clearly shows the applicant conducting a rehearsal or performance with any musical ensemble filmed from the musicians’ point of view. Past participants of BHSO Conducting Masterclasses are exempted from this requirement and do not need to submit a video.

Applications are to be submitted via email to info@bhso.org. Video files may either be included as a file attachment (size permitting) or using a working hyperlink to any reliable online file sharing or video streaming service. All applications must be received by 13 Jan 2020 (Mon)Update: REGISTRATION IS FULL

To ensure optimal quality of instruction and podium time, there will be a limit to the number of places available. After the review process, successful applicants will be informed via email by 17 Jan 2020 (Fri).


Course Fee & Payment

Successful applicants are required to register for the masterclass with the People’s Association and make full payment of the course fee of $450 by 24 Jan 2020 (Fri). Registration and payment can be done either online at onepa.sg or in person at the Braddell Heights Community Club (General Office). Successful applicants are encouraged to register and make payment online at onepa.sg as a 10% discount is given for online payment. Failure to complete payment by 24 Jan 2020 (Fri) may result in forfeiture of the participation opportunity.


Masterclass Audience (Orchestral Session ONLY)

All are welcome to observe the orchestral session on 2 Feb 2020, 3-6pm at Braddell Heights Community Club Exhibition Hall (Level 5). Admission is free but will be on a first-come-first-serve basis due to venue constraints.

All the information provided is subject to changes at any time. For important updates and announcements, refer to BHSO’s official website (www.bhso.org) or social media channels (Facebook/Instagram). For any enquiries of clarifications, please email info@bhso.org.


BHSO Advisory Notice for 2019-nCOV

Dear BHSO members, Participants of the Conducting Masterclass and visitors joining us this weekend, if you have recently returned from China within the last 14 days, may we kindly request that you refrain from attending the session, and stay home to rest.

If you have travelled abroad recently and are feeling unwell, please seek medical attention as early as possible.


About Yeh Tsung


Tsung Yeh joined the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) as Music Director in January 2002. Under his direction, SCO expanded its repertoire with innovative works such as Marco Polo and Princess Blue — A Symphonic Epic, Instant is a Millennium – A Musical Conversation with Tan Swie Hian, The Grandeur of Tang, Thunderstorm, Admiral of the Seven Seas and Awaking. In Awaking, he melded Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu’s plays into one, elevating Chinese orchestral music to a higher level.

As Music Director of Singapore’s National Day Parade 2007, Tsung Yeh conceptualised a symphonic music structure with supreme, textured virtuosity that incensed the national pride in the air. 240 musicians from the SCO, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Armed Forces Central Band, Malay and Indian ensemble, Nanyin ensemble and a chorus performed under his baton before an audience of 27,000 and millions of television viewers. In 2004 and 2014, Tsung Yeh directed two mega orchestra concerts at the Singapore Indoor Stadium and National Stadium, Singapore Sports Hub respectively, of which, 2014’s concert of 4,557 musicians broke 2 Guinness World Records and 3 Singapore Book of Records.

His perseverance and diligence have brought SCO’s performances to new heights, both musically and technically. In March and April 2005, he led the orchestra on a tour to Europe at Barbican Centre in London, The Sage Gateshead and the Budapest Spring Festival. In October 2007, SCO performed at the Beijing Music Festival, China Shanghai International Arts Festival, Macau International Music Festival, as well as at major concert halls in Guangzhou, Zhongshan and Shenzhen. In August 2009, SCO made history by becoming the first Chinese orchestra to perform in the opening week of the Edinburgh Festival. Tsung Yeh was awarded the Cultural Medallion 2013, the highest award given in the field of the arts in Singapore. He is also currently the advisor to the Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra.

Tsung Yeh was the Music Director of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra in the United States from 1988 to 2016. In 1995, he was honoured with the ASCAP Award together with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. As part of the Conductors’ Mentor Programme sponsored by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, he worked with Music Director Daniel Barenboim and Principal Guest Conductor Pierre Boulez. In April 1991, he replaced the indisposed Barenboim at short notice. He is also the former Music Director of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and the Exxon/Arts Endowment Conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. He served as Resident Conductor of Florida Orchestra and was the Principal Guest Conductor of Albany Symphony Orchestra of New York. He is the Principal Conductor of the Hua Xia Ensemble in Beijing.

Tsung Yeh started learning the piano at the age of five. He began his study of conducting at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1979, and two years later won a full scholarship to the Mannes College of Music in New York where he received the Academic Excellence Award upon graduation. In 1983, he began his post-graduate study at Yale University under Otto Werner-Mueller. He also studied conducting with Max Rudolf, Leonard Slatkin, Murry Sidlin, Sidney Harth, Han Zhong Jie, Huang Yi Jun and Cao Peng.

In May 2001, Tsung Yeh conducted the Paris-Shanghai Duplex Concert – a collaboration of the French National Symphony Orchestra and Shanghai Broadcasting Orchestra – that was broadcast via satellite to millions of viewers in Europe and Asia. His previous engagements include San Francisco, Tucson and New Haven Symphonies, Calgary and Rochester Philharmonic, and orchestras from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Taipei, Taichung, Japan, France, Poland, Russia and Czech Republic.

Tsung Yeh is a distinguished professor at the China Conservatory of Music and guest professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. He was one of the artistic directors of the Symphonic Workshop Ltd in the Czech Republic since 1992, and has also taught conducting workshops hosted by the Conductors Guild, The League of American Orchestras and the Musik Hochschule of Zurich. As a recording artist, Tsung Yeh has made various recordings under the HUGO, Delos and Naxos labels.

Photo credit: Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO)


About BHSO Conducting Masterclasses

Since 2013, the BHSO Conducting Masterclasses has become a much anticipated annual platform for aspiring professional conductors who wish to develop their technique and knowledge in the art of orchestral conducting with highly distinguished conductors and master teachers have included Wang Ya Hui (Singapore), Chan Tze Law (Singapore) & Apo Hsu (Taiwan).

 

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