Voices of Singapore
The Voices of Singapore Children's Choir was formed in 2019 by acclaimed Singaporean Conductor-Composer Darius Lim through a series of nationwide auditions. Today, the 180-strong children's choir boasts one of the most comprehensive music choral training programmes in the island.
Led by a team of some of the nation's most experienced and renowned children's choir pedagogues, the Voices of Singapore Children's Choir has built a progressive system of 6 different training and performing choirs that is focused on grooming some of the most talented young singers. The choir's comprehensive training programme includes international exchanges with world class children's choirs. The choir has also invited to sing for the 40th Anniversary of the Speak Mandarin Campaign, graced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
Being part of a larger body of choirs in the Voices of Singapore Choral Society, the Children's Choir seeks to develop children from all walks of life as singers, individuals and performers, placing great focus on character building and Singaporean identity. The children's choir now conducts yearly auditions every Mid and End year to continue its mission of grooming young talents.
With the mission of developing and grooming children living in Singapore from all walks of life as singers, individuals and performers, the Voices of Singapore Children's Choir is set up with the goal of delivering the best all-rounded music and singing education to young talents.
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At Voices of Singapore Children's Choir,
your child will have the opportunity to sing
with some of the nation's best children's
DARIUS LIM Artistic Director, Voices of Singapore
Darius Lim was the first Asian Choral Conductor to have been accepted into the National Conservatorium of Wales: The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and graduated with a masters in choral conducting with distinction. A student of the renowned BBC Chorusmaster Neil Ferris, Darius Lim has more than 40 awards in choral, piano and composition to his name. Choirs under Lim’s direction have shared the stage with some of the world’s most celebrated groups that include the Vienna Boys’ Choir, Philomela (Finland), the Hong Kong Children’s Choir, Berlin State Opera Children's Choir, Vox Nativa Children's Choir, and the University of London Chamber Choir. Youth and children’s choirs under Lim's baton have been presented and featured in numerous national events such as the Singapore Youth Festival Opening & Closing concerts, Singapore Youth Festival Presentations, Singapore Youth Festival Celebrations, Aseanapol in Harmony Celebrations and Singapore Youth Festival International Night. He is the only Singaporean composer whose compositions are internationally published by Edition Peters, the same publishers of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart. His music has been performed extensively by thousands of singers around the globe. He was the youngest elected President of the Choral Directors’ Association of Singapore when he was 29. He currently sits on the council of the Asia Pacific Choral Council as the Singapore Representative and is currently the Deputy General Secretary of the National Instructors and Coaches Association of Singapore.
ANGILA TAN Conductor, Junior & Intermediate Choir
Known for her exceptional pedagogical techniques for young voices, Conductor and Music Educator Angila Tan has set an outstanding reputation of developing award-winning children’s choirs and motivated students. Her primary school groups have garnered the most numbers of Certificates of Distinction as well as Gold and Gold with Honours awards, at the Singapore Youth Festival. She, together with the Ministry of Education’s Co-Curricular Activities Branch pioneered the nation-wide choral programme for the first Music Talent Development Centre for government primary schools. She has also served as instructor and rehearsal conductor for the World Youth Choral Festival, the Singapore National Primary School Choral Camp, and the inaugural Singapore International World Youth Choral Festival.
GERALD TAN Conductor, Vocal Technique Choir
A graduate of the National University of Singapore, Gerald Tan holds certificates in conducting, piano, voice and music theory from the London College of Music, Trinity College of Music, and Associated board of the Royal Schools of Music. Known for his work as Associate Conductor of semi-professional choir The Graduate Singers and the National University of Singapore Society Choir, Gerald is an active choral director, music arranger, and singer. He is also the Festival Director of the Treble Voices Festival and founder of the Southeast Asian choral publishing company MUZIKSEA.
JOYCE LIM Conductor, Junior Choir
A choral conductor, singer, and pianist, Joyce Lim has represented Singapore at the World Choir Games in 2004 and 2006 as a singer of the renowned Victoria Chorale. A sought after conductor and accompanist for children’s choirs, she has given many public concerts and participated in international choral competitions and festivals in Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Japan and Czech Republic.
STEPHENIE LEE Conductor, Junior Choir
Stephenie Lee is a specialist in choral pedagogy and music theory for young children. In 2007, she developed her own music literacy programme for toddlers from age 3 to learn piano and music theory. She holds certificates from the royal schools of music in Instrumental Teaching, Piano Performance, Singing and Music Theory.
SUSANNA PUA Conductor, Intermediate Choir and Vocal Technique Choir
Susanna Pua is a professional soprano who completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Canterbury and holds diplomas in Music Performance and Pianoforte. She has led her primary and secondary choirs to 14 Distinction awards, Gold, Gold with honours in the past years of the annual Singapore Youth Festival Central Judging/ Arts Presentation. Her school choirs have won national and international prizes that includes the Gold prize winner of the Prague International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music in Europe.
The VOS Children's Choir has established connections with some of the world's best children's choirs that include the Hong Kong Children's Choir, Hamilton Children's Choir (Canada), the Berlin Children's Choir and many other top ensembles - providing opportunities for singers to be exposed to some of the world's best teaching and performance experiences.
Hear us sing!
Singapura - Van Moring
The 2019 batch of the Choral Scholars of Voices of Singapore Children's Choir performed Van Moring's beloved local classic Singapura at the iconic Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore.
This arrangement by Darius Lim was written for the world-renowned Vienna Boys' Choir.
Ave Maris Stella - Edvard Grieg
The Choral Scholars performed one of Grieg's classics, Ave Maris Stella.
The VOS Children's Choir also works closely with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) to conduct ABRSM Examinations for choirs under its wing.
The Choral Scholars Programme trains some of the country's most gifted singers. With a small number of vacancies offered each year, the 2019 pilot programme will be an extension of the Voices of Singapore Children's Choir (2019) and the Voices of Singapore Youth Choir (2020).
The programme lasts 10-14 weeks every 6 months.
It provides an extensive music programme across multiple genres of music. Singers are expected to put up full recitals with combinations of solo and group performances: with individual attention spent to prepare singers for either advanced music certification courses of a career in music.
All singers in this programme are offered partial or full scholarships by the Voices of Singapore Choral Society.