Teaching Experiences

Wind Band Association of Singapore Youth Band Festival 2016

WBAS.JPGWhat an amazing experience to work with the new generation for the WBAS Youth Band Festival 2016. It was a different perspective being on the panel for auditions – I am definitely more used to being on the other side, but it was refreshing! It was lovely to see the students working hard and having so much motivation to learn.

It was definitely an interesting experience performing Barry Cockcroft’s Rock Me (sharing a little of my takeaway from Melbourne). The students reacted well to it – they heard and enjoyed sounds they never knew were possible on the saxophone.

I look forward to more opportunities like this. I enjoy passing down what I have learnt abroad with my fellow Singaporeans.

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My Concert Experience

Top of the Charts

In collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, the Mus’art Wind Orchestra presented a concert themed Top of the Charts. Under the baton of Maestro Wilson Ong, it was a concert featuring hit songs from the Top 40s such as Adele’s Rolling in the Deep, Skyfall, Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off, Katy Perry’s Firework, Bruno Mars’ Just The Way You Are and more. We were joined by extremely talented Singaporean vocalists Alemay Fernandez, Cassandra Spykerman and Afwan. Also, I had the privilege of performing along side extraordinaire saxophonist, Teo Boon Chye – what an experience!

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My Concert Experience

American Dream (ing)

We were decked out in red, blue and white – the three colours (or might I say, colors*) of the American flag. The concert featured a myriad of  American composers including, Aaron Copland, Frank Ticheli, Leonard Bernstein and John Williams. We also performed a tribute to the late Eagles lead singer, Glen Frey. My favourite of the afternoon was Watermelon Man from American Graffiti XIV Quincy Magic arranged by Naohiro Iwai. It was enjoyable playing with the Mus’art Wind Orchestra again after a 4 year hiatus!

(Photo: Jordan Liang)

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