Singaporean Composer-Conductor Dr. Darius Lim is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Voices of Singapore Festival & Choral Society. He is today one of the most sought-after Singaporean Composer-Conductors of his generation with his choral works and arrangements sung by choirs from all corners of the globe. An internationally published composer (Edition Peters, Walton Music, Muziksea, Pana Musica) and established conductor, he is most known for his unique infusion of lyrical, dramatic, instrumental, and theatrical elements in both the choirs he directs as well as his choral music.
Dr. Lim’s interests lie in serving the community through the pursuit of building communities through musical excellence and artistic experiences that would inspire and uplift. In 2020, he was invited by TEDx to present “The Voices of Singapore – Strengthening a Nation Through Choral Singing”.
His numerous hats in the music industry include Council Member in the Asia Pacific Choral Council, Board Chairman of the World Alliance of Children’s Choirs, and Deputy General-Secretary of the National Instructors & Coaches Association. He has also served on various other international music adjudication panels and boards around the world. He has held former posts as President of the Choral Directors Association (Singapore), Associate Choirmaster of the Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir and Music Director of the National University of Singapore Society Choir.
He is most known for his work as founder of the Voices of Singapore Choral Society – one of the country’s leading choral societies with 20 choral singing groups that range from children’s choirs to adult choruses, a professional choir, special needs choir, and various other ensembles. Among the numerous recognitions and accolades garnered under the Voices of Singapore Choral Society, the Singapore Virtual Choir received international acclaim when their rendition of “Home” by Dick Lee went viral and was displayed and played at the Singapore National Museum. Virtual choir recordings by Voices of Singapore which have collectively garnered over 1.5 million views are also used for national-level events and set as a benchmark for virtual choirs in Singapore. Dr. Lim also runs the annual Voices of Singapore Festival that brings together more than 10,000 people from all walks of life to sing at the iconic Chijmes Hall.
Dr. Lim was the first Asian choral conductor to graduate from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama with a Masters in Choral Conducting (with Distinction) and attained his Doctor of Musical Arts from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
Associate Artistic Director
Malaysian born Chong Wai Lun self-taught his way to a full scholarship at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, majoring in trumpet performance. Wai Lun joined the SYC Ensemble Singers in 2005, and has prepared the choir for performances
with Vytautas Miškinis, Ko Matsushita and Corrado Margutti, in addition to assisting Jen Tham
with their regular season of concerts and tours. In 2009, he attended the International
Masterclass for Choral Conducting led by Volker Hempfling and Brady Allred at the Bavarian
Music Academy, Marktoberdorf. As a singer, Wai Lun has represented Singapore in the
inaugural and second editions of the Asia Pacific Youth Choir, organised by the International
Federation for Choral Music, in Macau (2011) and Beijing (2012).
Wai Lun pursued further studies in Hungary and Wales, graduating with a Master’s in Kodaly
Music Pedagogy from the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music, and a Master's in
Choral Conducting from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, respectively. He was one
of a select few active participants in the masterclasses of Simon Halsey and Grete Pedersen
with the Berlin Radio Choir in Summer 2014. On his return, Wai Lun was appointed Music
Director of the International Festival Chorus of Singapore (2016–2019).
Wai Lun is Chorus Master for the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra (MFO) and Orchestra of the
Music Makers (OMM). In 2018, he founded Symphonia Choralis, a community choir specialising
in symphonic choral works. At the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, his alma mater, Wai
Lun is on faculty as an adjunct lecturer, teaching aural musicianship, and rehearsing the
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