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Singapore Chinese Orchestra and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts boost partnership

SCO and NAFA signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding at the beginning of April 2022

With a longstanding collaborative relationship since 2009, the new Memorandum will formalise the developing partnership between SCO and NAFA for the preservation and promotion of traditional Chinese arts, music, and culture in Singapore.

Witnessed by Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, and Second Minister for Law, Mr Edwin Tong, the MOU was signed by SCO’s Executive Director Mr Terence Ho and NAFA President Mrs Tan-Soh Wai Lan.

Under the agreement, both SCO and NAFA aim to sustain and promote the practice and appreciation of Chinese orchestral music, identify opportunities for NAFA students to gain work experience in the orchestra, and offer platforms for integrated programmes in Chinese orchestral studies.

NAFA students will benefit from music industry opportunities including regular internship openings, as well as receiving modular credits as part of their Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra (SNYCO) training in line with their industry-based learning requirements.

Terence Ho said, ‘SCO and NAFA have been working together for many years and thus attained a strong record of partnership. We hope to deepen and broaden our collaboration, strive to establish a robust ecosystem to develop top-notch artists and management, to groom and nurture the next generation of fine artists.’

Mrs Tan-Soh Wai Lan said, ‘SCO has been a shining beacon for Chinese music in Singapore since its inauguration in 1997. Our students look up to its achievements and are honoured to be afforded opportunities to further their artistic careers in the distinguished orchestra, while gaining a better understanding of the promotion of Chinese music and culture in Southeast Asia.

‘Together, we will elevate the quality of Chinese music in Singapore and provide more performance, learning and career opportunities for our students’.