Artistic Panel


Festival Director

Ms Lim Ai Hooi

Artistic Director, SourceWerkz

Founder and Artistic Director, ONE Chamber Choir


Ai Hooi’s philosophy for choral music and teaching stems from her view that a fulfilling musical journey is one that is filled with sincerity, love and excellence. She uses the creation of music as a platform to share and infuse her values and beliefs in her singers, and inspires them to use the beauty of music to craft experiences that touch the hearts of the audience.

Born in Penang, Malaysia, Ai Hooi graduated from Royal College of Music, London with Majors in Piano and Voice. After moving to Singapore, Ai Hooi actively contributes to the growth of the local choral scene, through nurturing younger choral conductors and choristers. On top of conducting several local secondary and junior college choirs, Ai Hooi established ONE Chamber Choir, a young adult choir. In 2017, the choir achieved the 2nd Prize of the Mixed Choirs category at the 15th International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf 2017, as well as the Special Prize of the Carl-Orff-Stiftung Diessan am Ammersee for the best interpretation of a choral worked premiered at the competition for “The Emigrant” by Wolfram Buchenberg. The choir took part in the 10th World Choir Games in Tshwane, South Africa and achieved Gold in all three categories they competed in, including Champion of the World Choir Games in the Chamber Choir Category.

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She has also been the conductor of the Hwa Chong Institution Choir since 2000, which has achieved numerous accolades over the years, including Champion in the Mixed Choir category at the 5th World Choir Games 2008, achieving the title of Absolute Winner (top choir across categories) at the Festival of Songs Olomouc, and the Prix du public (Public prize) at the 2010 Florilège vocal de Tour.

Ai Hooi has served as a jury member on numerous international choral festivals, including the World Choir Games, Asian Choral Grand Prix, Singapore International Choral Festival, Bali International Choir Festival, Taipei International Choral Competition, Canta Al Mar Festival Coral Internacional, Karangturi International Choral Festival, Festival Coros de Verão and so on. She has also shared her conducting experiences as a panellist in Poland, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Ai Hooi co-founded Sourcewerkz PL in 2010 to further her calling to teach, touch and transform the larger choral community and its audience. To date, Sourcewerkz has organised the Winter Choral Festival in Hong Kong since 2010 and Festival Coros de Verão in Lisbon since 2012, as well as various workshops with international choral clinicians. In 2014, she conceptualised and directed the 1st Singapore International Choral Festival and since then, SICF has played host to over 15,000 choristers and is now in her eighth iteration.

Artistic Panel

Artistic Director

Yong Chee Foon

Mr Yong Chee Foon

Artistic Director, Sourcewerkz

President, Choral Directors’ Association (Singapore)


Yong Chee Foon’s journey as a choral director is a testament to his unwavering passion for choral music and commitment to artistic growth. Currently the President of the Choral Directors’ Association (Singapore), he began his musical journey by learning the piano, but his passion for choral music quickly took root when he joined the Victoria Junior College Choir and later, Victoria Chorale. This marked the beginning of a lifelong dedication to choral music education.

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He first graduated from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) with a Bachelor Degree in Accountancy. After several years in the financial sector, he moved on to pursue his passion – Choral art – and obtained an ATCL in Voice from Trinity College, London. In 2016, he graduated with a Masters in Music (Choral Conducting) from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. Alongside his studies, he has attended numerous choral conducting workshops by renowned choral directors, gleaning insights from their vast experiences and integrating their wisdom into his own approach.

He is currently the conductor of several choirs in Singapore and his choirs have performed well in the Singapore Youth Festival, garnering Gold and Gold with Honours awards as well as Certificates of Distinction. His choirs have also ventured overseas to participate in International Competitions where they received numerous accolades with Gold and Silver medals. In 2013, he was awarded a Distinction for Conductor Award at the 4th International Krakow Choir Festival in Poland.

His philosophy for music revolves around the transformative power of artistic expression and its ability to bridge cultural divides. He believes that music has the ability to transcends barriers, enabling individuals from different backgrounds to communicate and connect on a profound level. He advocates for an inclusive and nurturing environment where aspiring musicians can explore their creativity, develop their technical skills, and discover their authentic musical identities.

He desires to inspire young singers, through choral music education, to live life with passion and achieve excellence in all aspects of life whilst remaining appreciative to all who have made a difference to them.

David Squire

David Squire is one of New Zealand’s most prominent conductors, and Music Director of the New Zealand Youth Choir. Current vice-chair of the New Zealand Association of Choral Directors, he is also a national conducting advisor and tutor, and was a governance board member of the New Zealand Choral Federation for nine years.

David completed his undergraduate study at the University of Auckland, with an emphasis on conducting and composition, later graduating with a Master of Music degree with first class honours in choral conducting. He studied singing with Isabel Cunningham, Glenese Blake and Beatrice Webster, and conducting with Karen Grylls and Juan Matteucci. He has sung with many top choirs in New Zealand, including the Auckland Dorian Choir, University of Auckland Chamber Choir and the New Zealand Youth Choir. He was also a founding member of Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir and the V8 Vocal Ensemble.

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David was appointed to the position of Music Director of the New Zealand Youth Choir in 2011 and is the first alumnus conductor of the choir. He has led the choir on four international tours, including the USA and Canada in 2013, which featured performances of the War Requiem by Britten in the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, as well as concerts in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Boston, New York and Washington DC. In 2016 the choir gave concerts in Singapore, the Czech Republic, France and the UK. Tour highlights included singing high mass at Notre-Dame in Paris, a lunchtime concert at Windsor Castle, and producing a live DVD recording of a well-received concert at St Johns Smith Square in London. The choir also participated in the Festival of Academic Choirs in Pardubice, Czech Republic, winning every category it entered, as well as the prize for outstanding vocal culture, and then going on to win the Grand Prix. At the end of 2019 the choir embarked on a Pacific tour aboard the cruise ship MS Maasdam, taking in Tonga, Niue, Fiji, New Caledonia and Sydney. In 2022 the choir undertook a tour of Australia, performing in Tasmania, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and the Sydney Opera House.

David has taught music in secondary schools for over 30 years, directing choirs, orchestras and bands, including many groups that have won local, national and international awards. His mixed-voice chamber choir from Rangitoto College, The Fundamentals, won the platinum award at the 2008 NZCF Big Sing Finale in Wellington – the first time a mixed-voice choir achieved this. The Westlake Symphony Orchestra has won a gold award at every KBB Music Festival for almost twenty years, and also won the award for the best orchestral performance of a New Zealand work for ten of the thirteen years it has been presented. In July 2014 the orchestra won first equal prize at the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna, Austria. His upper voice choir from Kristin School, Euphony, was placed third in the open female choir competition at the International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales, in July 2013, and then represented New Zealand at the ChoralFest convention in Brisbane in 2017. In April 2019 Euphony represented New Zealand at the Budapest International Choral Festival in Hungary, winning the Youth Choirs of Equal Voices category, coming 3rd in the open Musica Sacra category, and was then invited to compete for the Grand Prix. His boys’ choir from Westlake Boys High School, Voicemale, won the Grand Prix at the 2nd Leonardo da Vinci International Choral Festival in Florence, Italy, in July 2018, and David also won the award for best conductor at this event.

As a freelance music educator, David teaches in several secondary schools and frequently runs workshops and professional development courses throughout the country. He has conducted several local ensembles, including the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the St Matthews Chamber Orchestra. He was the assistant musical director of the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir, founding musical director of the Auckland Youth Big Band, chairman and administrator of the KBB Music Festival, and a live performance reviewer for Radio NZ Concert. He is often involved in session and recording work, particularly as a conductor, adjudicator, clinician and singer, including a tour with George Benson as backing vocalist in 2010. He has been the choral adjudicator and clinician at the Rhapsody Rotorua festival for several years. He presented workshops at the 2009, 2013 and 2016 Sing Aotearoa Festivals and the 2010 International Summer School of Choral Conducting, where he was a mentor and tutor. In 2011 he directed training workshops for choirs singing the anthems at the Rugby World Cup, and then conducted anthem choirs at seven matches. In 2012 he was a mentor and workshop presenter at the inaugural ACD Choral Connect convention. In March 2017 he was guest conductor of the mixed honour choir at the AMIS festival in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and in July 2017 he directed the choir for Neil Finn’s critically acclaimed album Out of Silence. In February 2018 he was appointed chorusmaster and choral director for the International Schools Choral Music Society, having taken on this role at the annual festival held in Suzhou, China. In February 2019 he conducted the combined ISCMS choir and orchestra in the Chinese premiere of Tippet’s spirituals from A Child of Our Time in the Shanghai Symphony Concert Hall. In July 2019 he served as a jury member for the Andrea O. Veneracion Choral Festival in Manila, Philippines, and also for the 1st Asia Choral Grand Prix.

In March 2011 he was awarded a New Zealander of the Year Local Heroes Medal for services to music education.

Gene Peterson

Dr. Gene Peterson is the Artistic Director & Vice President of Artistic Development for Perform International/Perform America, casting the mission and vision for performance events and tours in the United States and throughout the world.

Dr. Peterson is an internationally recognized choral conductor and clinician, whose prior appointments include Director of Choral & Vocal Studies and Professor of Music at the Collinsworth School of Performing Arts at California Baptist University in Riverside, California, Director of Choral Studies at Bethel University (Minnesota) and Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Peterson has also served as music director and conductor for college, secondary school, church, and community choirs in California and Washington. Ensembles under his leadership have performed in venues throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, including the Sistine Chapel, the Sydney Opera House, Chicago Symphony Hall, and Carnegie Hall.

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Due to his reputation in the international choral community, Dr. Peterson is in high demand as a lecturer, choral clinician and adjudicator for local, regional, and international choral festivals, symposiums and workshops, has conducted numerous honor choirs and all-state choirs, and served as a guest conductor for choral concerts and festivals around the world.

Dr. Peterson has served on the ACDA National Standing Committee on Education and Communication and in additional professional leadership roles in California including High School Standards and Repertoire Chair for the California Choral Directors Association and as Bay Area Choral Representative for the California Music Educators Association. Additional professional posts include Men’s Chorus Repertoire and Standards Chair for the Southern Division American Choral Directors Association, the Southern Division Conference Planning Committee, the Men’s Chorus Representative for Minnesota Choral Directors Association, the executive committee for the International Choral Festival and on the chair for the Legacy Directors Chorus at the most recent National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association.

Dr. Peterson holds the Associate of Arts in Music-Piano from El Camino College, the Bachelor of Music in Choral Conducting and a Master of Arts in Education from Chapman University in Orange, California, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Elisenda Carrasco i Ribot

Born in Barcelona, Spain, Elisenda Carrasco i Ribot completed all the higher levels of Composition, Orchestral Conducting and Music Education, specialising in Choral Singing. For more than 30 years, she has been teaching and conducting children’s choirs.

She collaborates regularly with Barcelona Auditorium, she is co-director of the Cantània programme, in which more than 50,000 children take part every year. She also participates in the preparation and conducting of the symphonic-choral programmes of the OBC (Catalan Symphony Orchestra).

Since its creation more than 30 years ago, Elisenda Carrasco has been the conductor of the Sant Cugat Children’s Choir, where she uses the Kodály system as a basis for learning, the symphonic choir El Cor Canta, and Voxalba women’s choir. She also teaches Didactic of choral conducting at the ESMUC, Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya.

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Elisenda is a dynamic force who, thanks to her musical and pedagogical knowledge, brings boundless energy and vision, broadening the group’s musical horizons both technically and sonically.

Paulo Vassalo Lourenço

Born in Lisbon, Mr. Paulo Vassalo Lourenço is the head of the master’s Program in Choral Conducting at the Lisbon’s Superior School of Music where he conducts the ESML Chamber Choir.

He has a doctoral degree in Choral (Stephen Coker and Earl Rivers) and Orchestral (Mark Gibson and Chang Zhang) Conducting at the College/Conservatory of Music – University of Cincinnati (USA).

He was appointed assistant conductor at the Gulbenkian Choir since 2012 to 2017. During this period he has prepared the major repertoire for such figures as: Gustavo Dudamel, Simone Young, Jonathan Nott, Alain Altinoglu, Lawrence Foster, Paul McCreesh, Lorenzo Viotti and many others.

He began his career at the of Portuguese Youth Choir (1990-1995) and the Ricercare Choir (1995-2002). With the Ricercare Choir he was awarded with 1st and 2nd prizes at the Certamen de Villancios (Madrid 1999) and II Certamen Internacional de Corales Polifonicas (Seville 1998).

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He was also the founder of the acclaimed “a cappella” group “Tetvocal” (11 CD’s recorded including EMI, RCA/Victor, BMG and others) from which he was awarded with several prizes including Radio and TV.

Mr. Lourenço dedicates a substantial part of his work in performing contemporary music including more than 100 premieres of Portuguese composers in the last 25 years and the Portuguese premiere of Arvo Pärt’s Passio with the Hilliard Ensemble. He is also the founder and Artistic Director of the Summer Choral Festival that takes place in Lisbon being the most important choral event in Portugal.

His international career includes engagements in Turkey (Turkish State Polyphonic Choir), Spain (Coro de la ORCAM and Coro de la Radio Television Española), Poland (Filharmonii Wrocławskiej), Israel (New Israeli Vocal Ensemble), Mexico (Coro de Bellas Artes), France, Iceland, Germany, China, Singapore, Brazil, Slovenia, and USA as clinician at the “Ambassadors of Song” (an international male chorus symposium in Michigan University and as guest teacher at the University of Cincinnati. CCM.

He was the Portuguese Music Advisor for Europa Cantat from 2013 to 2018. Mr. Lourenço is also the president of COROS PORTUGAL since 2017 (Portuguese Association of Choral Music).

Soundarie David Rodrigo

Soundarie David Rodrigo is a Pianist, Music Educator, Choral director, Composer, and Intellectual Property Lawyer. She pursed her musical education at the Royal College of Music, London, specializing in piano performance and piano accompaniment. She also pursued her legal studies at the University of California, Berkeley where she specialized in Entertainment Law, having been a recipient of the Rotary World Peace Scholarship.

Soundarie is the Founder and Music Director of Sri Lanka’s premiere female choral ensemble ‘Soul Sounds’ the first choir in Sri Lanka to perform and win awards internationally. Over the last twenty years Soul Sounds has given highly acclaimed performances in India, Australia, China, Kuwait, Austria, France, USA, Malaysia and South Africa, thus placing Sri Lanka on the map of International choral Music.

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She is the Founder of one of Sri Lanka’s leading Music Academies – The Soul Sounds Academy focusing on all aspects of music. The Academy focuses on Music Education for young children starting at the age of 5 and has classes for Voice, Piano, Violin, Music Therapy, Drums, Guitar, and basic appreciation of Music classes. She directs the newly forms Soul Sounds Academy Mixed choir who have also won awards recently.

Soundarie has directed many Music Productions and has collaborated with many artists for concert recitals. Soundarie is an Honorary Member of the World Choir Council for INTERKULTUR.

She also regularly serves as a jury member at international choral competitions. She was one of the judges for the franchised talent show ‘Sri Lanka’s got Talent’ Soundarie plays an important role in the promotion of culture and arts in Sri Lanka and the region.

She was the Deputy Director at the SAARC Cultural Centre based in Sri Lanka from 2010 having set up all its programs from inception and later on was Director, Programs for the Colombo Cultural Hub till 2018. Her awards include the SAARC Woman of Achievement Award, the Zonta Award, the Bunka Award presented by the Japan/Sri Lanka Association and most recently the Women In Management Award 2019/20 for the Arts and Creative Industry.

André van der Merwe

André van der Merwe is a conductor and composer from Cape Town, South Africa. He is often invited to perform as guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician nationally and internationally. He has been invited to do freelance work with universities and companies in the USA, Sweden, England, Greece, Germany, Japan, China, Austria and Portugal.

André initially studied B.Mus at the University of Cape Town, but after an injury to his hand, he changed course and studied B.Drama (Directing) at the University of Stellenbosch. During 1990 – 1996 André directed theatre productions for the Grahamstown International Arts Festival and for the Klein Karoo Arts Festival in Oudtshoorn. He received national awards and prizes as actor and director.

In 2012 André was announced as the most popular television presenter for the KykNet programme Fiesta.

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Currently André conducts three choirs:

The Stellenbosch University Choir:

The Stellenbosch University Choir is the oldest and most celebrated choir in South Africa. The choir was founded in 1936 under the baton of William Morris. Currently the US choir is ranked number 1 on the Interkultur World Ranking List of the top 1000 international choirs.

In February 2016 the choir received a Fiesta award for the Best Classical Production at a South African Arts festival. They were also announced as the best Classical Music Vocal production at the 2016 Woordfees.

The Stellenberg Girls Choir:

Since its inception the choir has won numerous first places in national and international choral competitions. A highlight for the choir was at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales in July 2006 where they were announced as the overall winners with the coveted title Choir of the World.

At the World Choir Games (2012) in Cincinnatti, USA the girls won two categories overall. In 2013 the Stellenberg Girls won the National ATKV Applous Choir Competition overall for the 12th time.

The Stellenberg Girls are currently ranked number 12 on Interkultur’s World Ranking List of the top 1000 international choirs.

Voces Cordis:

In 2022, André formed a new young adult choir, Voces Cordis. This choir comprises alumni members of his previous and current choirs.

Dr. Burak Onur Erdem

Dr. Burak Onur Erdem is the principal conductor of the Turkish State Choir.

Erdem graduated from Boğaziçi University Political Science & International Relations department with the Rector’s Prize. He has a master’s degree in music theory and a PhD in conducting from ITU Centre for Advanced Studies in Music. Thereafter, he finished his postgraduate degree with Prof. Johannes Prinz on choral conducting in Kunstuniversität Graz.

Erdem studied with Michael Ellison (form & music theory), Adam Roberts (advanced harmony), Paul Whitehead (renaissance & baroque style), Lynn Trepel Çağlar (singing) among other notable tutors. He worked with renowned conductors like Johannes Prinz, Maria Guinand, Anders Eby, Volker Hempfling, Denes Szabo, Michael Gohl and Georg Grün in international conducting masterclasses.

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Erdem started the Boğaziçi University Choral Festival (KoroFest) in 2009, founded the Choral Culture Association in 2012, has been elected to the board of European Choral Association in 2015 and has been appointed to the board of International Federation of Choral Music in 2018. He served as music commission members in Europa Cantat Tallinn and Ljubljana Festivals, and acted as chair of the music commission in Leading Voices Utrecht Festival.

Erdem won prizes in guitar and singing in his highschool years in Jugend Musiziert competitions. Starting from his university years, he performed with his choirs in countries like Portugal, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Estonia, Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria, as well as in Türkiye. He won prizes in prestigious competitions like Cork, Arezzo, Varna, and Marktoberdorf with Rezonans, which he founded. He has been invited as a jury member to Italian National Choral Conducting Competition, Arezzo International Choral Competition, German National Choral Competition, and Japan National Choral Competition. He founded Bahçeşehir University Choral School and taught in national and international choral conducting masterclasses.

Erdem performed numerous concerts with Turkish State Choir in Türkiye and Europe since 2013, has been one of the founders of Walter Strauss Choral Conducting Masterclass, premiered renowned Turkish composers, initiated European composers to write Turkish choral works and recorded them, and has been accepted to TENSO (European Network for Professional Chamber Choirs) with the choir.

Erdem has led the World Symposium on Choral Music 2023 Istanbul as its festival director and continues to serve as vice-president of the European Choral Association and International Federation of Choral Music.

Jürgen Budday

Jürgen Budday was artistic director and founder of the Maulbronn Chamber Choir until 2016, with whom he won several prices in national and international competitions.

Since 1979 he worked up the Maulbronn Monastery Concerts as artistic director and he held this position until 2013. In 1998 he was awarded the “Bundesverdienstkreuz” (German Cross of Merit).

From 2002 until 2019 he has also held the chair of the Choral Committee with the German Music Council and was the head of the jury of the German Choir Competition.

In 2011 he was awarded Professor by the Minister President of Baden-Württemberg and in 2013 he was honored by the Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Ring. In 2014 he was called as artistic director of the International Chamber Choir Competition in Marktoberdorf.

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Jürgen Budday initialized a cycle of Handel oratorios over a several years that involved working with soloists like Emma Kirkby, Michael Chance, Nancy Argenta and Mark Le Brocq (to name but a few). The live recordings of these performances, that have received the highest praise from reviewers, has won him international recognition.

Since 2019 he holds the chair of the board of the recently founded National Youth Choir of Germany. Beyond that he is a member of the advisory board of the World Choir Council.

Jonathan Velasco

Jonathan Velasco is a much sought after choral conductor, clinician and adjudicator in the world today.

He and his choirs have won first prizes in major European choral competitions. He regularly adjudicates choral competitions in Europe and Asia, and gives choral conducting workshops and choral clinics worldwide. He currently conducts the Ateneo Chamber Singers.

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Velasco was elected the first President of the Philippine Choral Directors Association in 2008. He was awarded the Pinoy Playlist Music Festival Ryan Cayabyab 2022 Award for his lifelong excellent contribution to Filipino choir music.

He was recently appointed by President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. to the Board of Trustees of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Dr Wei Cheng

Dr Wei Cheng is the Director of Choral Program and Associate Professor of Teaching at University of California, Berkeley, Department of Music, where she oversees the UCB Chamber Chorus, University Chorus, Vocal Program, and conducting instruction. For her outstanding contributions she has been named the Virginia Chan Lew Distinguished Professor in Music for 2023-2028. This follows her tenure as the Jerry and Evelyn Hemmings Chambers Distinguished Professor in Music from 2020-2023. Originally from Beijing, China, Dr. Cheng earned her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in choral conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

Recipient of the Dale Warland Conducting Award from the American Prize, Dr. Cheng is revered as an accomplished performer, educator, clinician, and adjudicator, having engaged musicians across the USA and China. Her leadership has seen both present and past choirs embark on numerous international tours, collaborating with renowned musicians and ensembles such as the Ethel String Quartet, Phillippe Entremont, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, and Essa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra (London).

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Moreover, under her guidance, the UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus recently won the American Prize in 2022 (college division), further attesting to Dr. Cheng’s commitment to excellence in choral performance.

Dr. Cheng’s primary professional focus lies in China, where she serves as Principal Guest Conductor of the Beijing Harmonia Choir and frequently conducts the Young People’s Chamber Choir at the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing. She has also led residencies at prestigious institutions such as the China National Opera House and the Lanzhou Performing Arts Group. Additionally, she conducted the Stara-Zagora Opera Chorus and Orchestra in Bulgaria.

As a clinician, Dr. Cheng has worked with diverse age groups, ranging from children’s choirs to conservatory-level ensembles, in both the USA and China. Her expertise includes contemporary choral repertoire, conducting pedagogy, and the advancement of choral music in China. Committed to her mission of promoting Western choral traditions in China, she has served as a guest lecturer and conducting master teacher at prestigious conservatories in the country. Additionally, Dr. Cheng has been invited to adjudicate numerous state contests, music festivals, and national conferences, further solidifying her reputation as a leader and innovator in the choral community.

Zechariah Goh Toh Chai

As a Principal lecturer of composition at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, a composer of music ranging from choir, symphonic band, wind ensemble, chamber music to large scale orchestral works, Zechariah Goh Toh Chai has carefully fused South East Asian-Chinese with Western traditions. In 1999, he received the David and Gunda Hiebert Scholarship award to work on his Master of Piano from University of Kansas, during which he was appointed as a graduate assistant by the university to teach undergraduate music theory. Subsequently, he worked on his Doctorate degree majoring in Composition under the guidance of Dr. Charles Hoag.

He is a lecturer at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts since July 2002. As a composer, he is frequently commissioned to write music for symphonic bands and choirs. Since the 1990s, his choral works have been premiered in Singapore as well as winning many international competitions. Dr. Goh has conducted numerous folksong arrangement and choral improvisation workshops for choral directors and composers across the Asia Pacific region, including cities such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.

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Additionally, he was invited to lecture and give workshops at the Oklahoma State University and University of Kansas, USA in 2018. He adjudicated the World Children and Youth Choir Competition in Hong Kong (2017), and the Bali International Choral Competition (2018) and The Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod (2018 and 2023). and Singapore International Choral Festival (2024).

Some highlights of Zechariah’s compositions in 2018 include, 纪元晨光, performed by the Diocesan Boys’ School Choir (Hong Kong), which won the Best Male Choir award at the World Choir Games in South Africa. Reminiscences of Hainan and In the Bamboo Forest performed by the NUS Choir, was awarded the top prize at The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. Assassination performed by Diocesan Choral Society (Hong Kong) won the Grand Prix at the Tokyo International Choir Competition in the same year.

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra commissioned and premiered Blossoms for Large Orchestra in 2017, 承 Flow to be premiered in 2020 and Singaporean Folk Medley in 2023. Zechariah Goh has collaborated with Ding Yi Music Company on a multi-disciplinary production with Chinese Chamber music, Documentary film and ceramics entitled Songs of the Dragon Kiln in 2017 and Memories of Childhood Nursery Rhymes in 2024.

For his artistic excellence in the field of music, Zechariah was conferred the Young Artist Award (Music) in September 2003 by the National Arts Council, Singapore. The award was presented by the President of the Republic of Singapore at Istana. Zechariah was awarded the Artistic Excellence Award from the Composers and authors Society of Singapore in 2013. Zechariah Goh was also presented with the distinguished Alumni medal from NAFA in 2014.