Classical Vocal Faculty

Classical Vocal Faculty

SRMC’s Classical Vocal Faculty comprises experienced teachers, many of whom are international performers or trained vocal instructors. Students are given opportunities to attend masterclasses and perform publicly, be it solo, in concert, or in operatic stage performances.

OUR LECTURERS
Mdm Elena Ng Choy Luan

Head of Classical Vocal Faculty

Qualifications
FLCM (Vocal) & LLCM (Choir Conducting), London College of Music
Graduate with majors in Classical Vocal and Stage Performance, National Conservatory of Music “A. Casella” (Italy)

Profile
As a prominent classical vocalist and vocal educator in Singapore, Ng Choy Luan has presented several solo recitals and choral conducting classes in Singapore and abroad. Some of her performances include Opera Highlights in Seoul in 1989, the Singapore Arts Festival in 1992 & 1994, Rossini’s “Messe Solennelle” with the choir from Hong Kong School Of Sacred Music in 1995, King’s birthday concert organized by Chulalongkorn University of Thailand in 2000, Singapore Arts Festival “Confucius – A Secular Cantata” in 2001, Handel’s “Messiah” in Beijing in 2001, Ten Sopranos’ concert in 2002, and joint recitals by Ulisse Opera in Tokyo in 2004 & 2006.

She also frequently served as an Adjudicator for regional and international music competitions. Currently, she is the Artistic Advisor of Singapore Choral Association and Vice President of World Chinese Choral. She is also the President of the Echo Philharmonic Society and conductor of the Echo Chorus, both of which were founded by Elena in 1997.

Mr Phua Ee Kia

Principal Study Classical Vocal Lecturer

Qualifications
Postgraduate Diploma in Education, National Institute of Education, Singapore
Bachelor of Music, University of Birmingham, UK

Profile
Singapore-born countertenor Phua Ee Kia graduated with a First-Class Honours Degree in Music from the University of Birmingham, UK, in 2004 and a Post-graduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education, Singapore in 2005. He began formal vocal training with Professor Julian Pike and soprano Cathy Benson at the Birmingham Conservatoire before honing his voice under countertenor Nicholas Clapton, Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He also studied piano with James Walker at the Birmingham conservatoire.

A versatile singer, Phua Ee Kia takes pride in embracing different musical styles, having sung with early music group Ab Oriente, the illustrious Philharmonic Chamber Choir of Singapore, the award-winning Singers Vocal Ensemble specialising in the music of living composers, as well as pop a-cappella group Curious Attacks. Phua maintains a close relationship with many local chamber groups including the Striings Quartet, the Oxley Quartet as well as the Teng Ensemble.

Since 2010, Phua has been lecturing at the Singapore Raffles Music College, specialising in Music Theory, Aural Training and Writing skills.

Mr Kane Teo Yude

Principal Study Classical Vocal Lecturer

Qualifications
Master of Arts, Royal Academy of Music, UK
Master of Music in Performance, London College of Music, UK
BMus (Hons) Music Performance – Level 6, University of West London

Profile
Kane Teo Yude was first introduced to choral music at the age of 17. Singing with the Anderson Junior College and The Vocal Consort under renowned conductor Mr. Nelson Kwei, Kane has achieved numerous awards. With Anderson Junior College, Kane has brought the choir to Xiamen, China where they participated in the World Choir Games in 2006 when they won the category champion of the year.

As the Vice-president of the choir Kane performed in Singapore’s acclaimed Singapore Youth Festival and was awarded a Gold award in 2007. Since 2006, he joined The Vocal Consort, and in 2008 became the Vice President of the group, going on to win several international competitions, such as Orientale Concentus II in the year 2009.

Kane began his journey into classical training under the tutelage of Mr. Thomas Kuek, a prominent vocal tutor in Singapore. In a short span of 2 years, Kane obtained a Distinction for his ATCL from the Trinity Guildhall. By the age of 21, he was enrolled at the Singapore Raffles Music College, there he regularly performs under the name of the school at numerous concerts, such as La Voix, Cantique 2010, and recently at the Esplanade Concourse. There he studied under astound vocal tutors Dr Wong Su Sun for a period of time before studying under local avid performer, Mr William Lim.

Kane won First Prize at the John Ireland Prize Competition in the United Kingdom. Kane studied at the London College Of Music for his Masters of Music in Performance under Mr Anthony Roden and coached by Mr Stephen Rose, before furthering his studies at the Royal Academy Of Music for his Master of Arts degree under the guidance of Mr Ryland Davies and coached by Miss Audrey Hyland.

OUR ALUMNI
Deng Qian Bing

Graduate Student at Parma Royal Academy of Music

Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree, Parma Royal Academy of Music (Italy)
BMus (Hons) Music Performance – Level 6, University of West London

Professional Achievements
Awarded Excellence Award, Sardinia International Vocal Competition 2017
Awarded Second Prize, 3rd Arturo Toscanini International Vocal Competition 2017
Awarded Second Prize, China-Singapore International Youth Vocal (Female Professional Category) 2010
Performed at Singapore Victoria Concert Hall in 2009, 2nd Edition Youth Solo Concert 2009, Esplanade in 2011, and various venues in Kuala Lumpur
Joined Singapore Echo Philharmonic Society Chorus in 2008 as Teaching Assistant

Tian Jiawei

Master of Music Performance Student, University of Surrey (UK)

Qualifications
BMus (Hons) Music Performance – Level 6, University of West London

Professional Achievements
Performed in charity concert of Sian Chay Medical Institution
Performed as Solo Vocalist in ‘A Night of Golden Songs 2’ presented by Oriental Arts Chorus, and in NAFA Lee Foundation Theatre
Joined Voce Di Mare Opera, established by notable bass-baritone vocalist Huang Rong Hai
Qualified as finalist for Singapore Lyric Opera-ASEAN Vocal Competition 2016

PAST MASTERCLASSES
Mr Huang Rong Hai

Bass-baritone Vocalist
28 November 2017

Bass-baritone Huang Rong Hai earned both his Bachelor and Masters of Arts degrees in vocal performance at the prestigious Shanghai Conservatory of Music. He has also won study grants awarded by the Shanghai Conservatory (1999 to 2001) and the French Government (2006 and 2007) to study in France. The lush richness of his voice, great musicality, keen dramatic instincts and charismatic stage presence have earned him a prestigious place as principal singer of the Shanghai Opera House from 2002 to 2009.

His many awards include regional winner of “Don Giovanni” International Singing Competition in Verona, Italy, the 28th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition of the Vienna Chamber Opera and the 6th Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition in Helsinki, Finland, fourth prize in the Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concours in Taipei (2008), and third prize in the first Singapore International Vocal Competition (2010).

His symphonic and operatic engagements include Lorin Mazel, Alberto Zedda, Paolo Olmi, Michel Plasson, Marco Boemi, Lü Jia, and Jari Hämäläinen, making him one of the leading young singers to emerge from China.

Mr Martin Ng

Baritone Vocalist
24 May 2017

Singapore-born Martin commenced his musical training under Joy Chen, and pursued further studies at the Conservatorio Statale di Musica “dall’Abaco” in Verona. Thereafter he continued his training in Italy under Chu Tai-Li and Enrico Conforti.

He has won the Singapore Lyric Opera’s International Singer of the Year Award and was awarded 2nd place in the 6th Rassegna Concertistica ‘Città di Montichiari’ in 2011.

Martin made his operatic debut in 2005 with the Singapore Lyric Opera as Prince Yamadori in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. In the same year he sang the role of King Balthazar for the company’s production of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. His other operatic performances include Ferrando in Verdi’s Il Trovatore, Colline in Puccini’s La Bohème, Angelotti in Puccini’s Tosca, Dottore Grenvil in Verdi’s La Traviata, Timur in Puccini’s Turandot and Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.

He has performed as the bass soloist in concerts of Bach’s Magnificat and St John Passion, Buxtehude’s Membri Jesu Nostri and Mozart’s Requiem.