Ms Jennifer Tham

Artistic Director/Conductor, SYC Ensemble Singers


A professional choir director, Jennifer is best known for her work with the Singapore Youth Choir (now the SYC Ensemble Singers), which she has directed since 1986. Her training as a composer at the Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada) has led her to explore and re-define the choral idiom through her work with the SYC and in the Singapore school choir scene. In her hands, the SYC has earned a reputation for being the composer’s choir, malleable to the demands of contemporary choral music, as well as won several prizes and awards.

Jennifer is also Artistic Director of the Young Musicians’ Society (YMS), which runs the First Aid for Choirs and Conductors workshop series as well as the Kodaly Seminar Asia for music pedagogues and choir conductors in collaboration with the Kodaly Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest, Hungary). The Society also houses the Magnetic Band, the contemporary music ensemble responsible for premiering the work of modern music icons, and engaging both professional and amateur musician in growing music more organic to our soil.

Jennifer was Artistic Director of the Asia South Pacific Symposium on Choral Music (Singapore, 2001) and on the Artistic Committee for the 7th World Symposium on Choral Music (Kyoto, 2005). An elected Board member of the International Federation for Choral Music, Jennifer helps coordinate the Asia Pacific Working Committee as well as the Asia Pacific Youth Choir.

Jennifer has chaired and spoken on panels at conferences in Singapore, Sweden, Estonia and Denmark, and was principal lecturer at the 2008 Lithuanian Conductors Summer Academy, hosted by the Lithuanian Choral Union and the Ministry of Culture. She has taught choral conducting at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and given workshops and short courses to conductors at home, in Japan and Indonesia. She is on faculty at the Kodaly Seminar Asia where she teaches conducting and leads the Morning Sing. Last year, she presented lectures and reading sessions on Singapore choral history and music at symposia in Croatia and USA; and on international youth projects in China.

Jennifer has been on competition juries in Austria, Germany, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, China and Indonesia; and represents Singapore on the World Choir Council. She recently served on jury at the 7th World Choir Games (Cincinnati, USA) and the 11thChina International Choral Festival (Beijing, China).

Jennifer is an inaugural recipient of Young Artist (Music) Award, given by the National Arts Council (NAC) and serves on various advisory panels for the NAC and the Ministry of Education, Singapore. In 2011, she was awarded for “Artistic Excellence” by the Composers and Authors Society of Singapore. Most recently, she was conferred the Cultural Medallion, the nation’s highest arts accolade, by the President, Republic of Singapore, for her contribution in shaping Singapore’s cultural landscape.