Singaporean Composer-Conductor 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.
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. Darius 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.
Darius Lim was a double major in piano and composition with music technology at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts during his undergrad studies and was the first Asian choral conductor to graduate from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama with a Masters in Choral Conducting (with Distinction).
Conductor-Pianist-Singer Joyce Lim is known for her reputable choirs and outstanding piano accompaniment skills in the Singapore choral scene. Joyce's conviction to instilling good music education in children has been the main focus of her practice. In 2014, all her choirs attained the Certificate of Distinction under her guidance and leadership at the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation.
Internationally exposed to the world's biggest choral stages that include the World Choir Games in 2004 and 2006, Joyce and her choirs have represented the nation through numerous large-scale concerts, international choral competitions and festivals in Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Japan and the Czech Republic.
Mervyn Ye, General Manager
Mervyn Ye is the General Manager at VOS. With a decade of arts management experience under his belt, he is active on both sides of the stage. A beatboxer with indie-pop trio ‘HubbaBubbas’, he has performed on international stages, including Zandari Festa (South Korea), Bangkok Music Festival, Music Lane Okinawa Festival and the SEA Games 2015. HubbaBubbas’ music has more than a million streams online.
Mervyn has public service experience with IRAS, where he worked on projects serving millions of taxpayers. Mervyn holds a Masters of Business Administration from NUS and graduated from NTU (Bachelor of Accounting) with 1st class honours.
Gerald Wong, Business Development Manager
Gerald is no stranger to the arts and cultural scene, having been involved in the industry since the start of 2014 as a radio producer/ presenter in Singapore’s only classical music and arts radio station, Symphony 92.4FM. His experience includes producing and presenting radio programmes and hosting televised shows as well as high-level events with VVIPs such as the Prime Minister and major business leaders in attendance. In addition to that, Gerald was also involved in developing business strategies to generate greater visibility and revenue-making opportunities for the radio station and was instrumental in establishing close partnerships and working with strategic arts and cultural partners on various projects during his time at Symphony 92.4FM. He also graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (HONS) in Arts Management with 1st class honours from LASALLE College of the Arts, and continues to contribute to the college by connecting current Arts Management students to learning and experiential opportunities in the industry.
Here at Voices of Singapore, Gerald is the company’s Business Development Manager. His responsibilities include overseeing the development and growth of the company’s programmes and projects such as the VOS Corporate programme, VOS Community programmes as well as the World Alliance of Children’s Choirs. In addition to that, he is also responsible for managing relationships with VOS’s external stakeholders which include patrons, donors, industry partners and clients.
Dione Au, Programmes Executive
Dione is the Programmes Executive at VOS. Having graduated with an Arts Management Diploma and Degree from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Dione has a fervent passion for the arts with engagements in volunteer activities at multiple local arts organisations. She has had experience in programming, planning and the execution of events as well as article content curation through an internship with the Singapore Symphony Group, Community Outreach Department.
Dione has a strong love for singing and has been a part of several choirs for over a decade, including the CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh) Alumni Choir, which clinched the Gold award in the 5th Singapore International Choral Festival in 2018.
At Voices of Singapore, Dione oversees the 300-strong Voices of Singapore Children’s Choir. She works closely with the artistic and administrative teams, managing both internal and external stakeholder communications. She was also the Stage Manager for Reflections at the Voices of Singapore Festival 2021, which was attended by more than 100 audience members, and has taken on the role of Assistant Stage Manager for other concerts such as We Begin Again (2020), When Winter Fades (2021) and Sounds From A Distant World (2021).
Gabriel Ching, Programmes Coordinator
Gabriel is an arts manager with varied experience in the Singapore arts and music scene, and a strong belief in championing inclusivity through accessible programmes. With an understanding of choral music as a former chorister of 7 years, Gabriel has been a Stage Manager for choral groups such as The Philharmonic Chamber Choir with Skywalk (2017, Victoria Concert Hall) and Singapore Symphony Children’s and Youth Choirs with Timeless Splendour (2017, Victoria Concert Hall), as well as held the role of Choral Assistant over 5 years with the Singapore Symphony Group. Gabriel graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Arts Management with 1st class honours, and was accorded the Best Graduate 2020 award. Gabriel is currently a committee member of the NAFA Arts Management Alumni Chapter.
At Voices of Singapore, Gabriel manages the adult choruses, including the VOS Community Chorus and VOS Ladies Choir. He also oversees the Starlight Music-Making Programme, an inclusive online programme curated for children with special needs, as well as manages venue hire relationships, partnerships, collaborations and sponsorships. He has been the Stage Manager for several concerts by Voices of Singapore attended by more than 700 audience members, including We Begin Again (2020, The Esplanade), When Winter Fades (2021, CHIJMES Hall), and Sounds From A Distant World (2021, Pasir Panjang Power Station).