Conducting Masterclass With Tsung Yeh

 

 

The Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra is proud to present its 4th Orchestral Conducting Masterclass in collaboration with Maestro Tsung Yeh, esteemed Music Director of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (2002-present) and the South Bend Symphony Orchestra (1988-2016).

Maestro Yeh’s distinguished international career has seen him leading orchestras across the United States and Asia. He is also distinguished professor at the China Conservatory of Music and guest professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Maestro Yeh is also one of the artistic directors of the Symphonic Workshop Ltd in the Czech Republic since 1992, and has taught in conducting workshops hosted by the Conductors Guild, The League of American Orchestras and the Musik Hochschule of Zurich.


Schedule of Events

Session  Date / Time / Venue  Details

1

13 March (Mon)
7-10pm
Level 3
BHCC Mini-Theatre

Preview session

Maestro Yeh assesses the abilities of each students and gives insight into conducting technique, rehearsal preparation and score study

2

19 March (Sun)
9.30am – 12.30pm
Level 3, BHCC Mini-Theatre

Conducting Chamber Ensemble*

Students conduct and rehearse chamber ensemble (string quintet and piano) under Maestro Yeh’s guidance (approx. 20 mins each)

3

19 March (Sun)
12.30pm – 1.30pm
Level 5, CTAPC Room (#05-07)

Review session

Maestro Yeh’s reviews the performance of the class for learning and meets each student individually for a discussion

4

19 March (Sun)
3 – 6pm
Level 5
BHCC Exhibition Hall (#05-02)

Conducting Symphony Orchestra*

Students conduct and rehearse the symphony orchestra under Maestro Yeh’s guidance (approx, 20 mins each)

* Candidates may record their own conducting sessions, but must provide their own video/audio recording equipment.


Prescribed Works

LEONG YOON PIN
Overture “Dayong Sampan”

JOHANNES BRAHMS
Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op.56

IGOR STRAVINSKY
Firebird Suite (1919 Version)

Students are required to learn all the set works whether or not they have been assigned or opted to conduct it. They will also have to provide their own conductor’s score for all sessions.


Applications

Interested individuals who have received some basic instruction in conducting and/or have prior experience conducting choirs, string ensembles, chinese orchestras, wind bands, orchestras and other ensembles are welcomed to apply.

Please send a detailed CV to info@bhso.org which should include personal biographical details, contact information, detailed information about the applicant’s music training and conducting experience, as well as a copy (or URL,download link) of a video clip (at least 5 minutes) showing the applicant conducting a rehearsal or performance with any type of ensemble by 9 Feb 2017 (Thu).

Successful applicants will be informed by e-mail before 20 Feb 2017 (Mon).

A maximum of 8 applicants will be selected to participate in order to provide adequate podium time and learning experience.


Course Fee

Successful applicants are required to make full payment of the course fee of S$400 at the Braddell Heights Community Club office to confirm their participation before 25 Feb 2017 (Sat). Failure to do so may result in the participant losing their place in the course.


Observers

Members of the public are welcomed to observe the orchestral session on 19 March 2017, 3 – 6pm, free of charge, subjected to space limitations of the venue.

For any enquiries of clarification, please e-mail info@bhso.org.


Conducting Masterclass with Yeh Tsung

About Tsung Yeh 

Tsung Yeh joined the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) as Music Director in January 2002. Under his direction, SCO expanded its repertoire with innovative works such as Marco Polo and Princess Blue — A Symphonic Epic, Instant is a Millennium – A Musical Conversation with Tan Swie Hian, The Grandeur of Tang, Thunderstorm, Admiral of the Seven Seas and Awaking. In Awaking, he melded Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu’s plays into one, elevating Chinese orchestral music to a higher level.

As Music Director of Singapore’s National Day Parade 2007, Tsung Yeh conceptualised a symphonic music structure with supreme, textured virtuosity that incensed the national pride in the air. 240 musicians from the SCO, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Armed Forces Central Band, Malay and Indian ensemble, Nanyin ensemble and a chorus performed under his baton before an audience of 27,000 and millions of television viewers. In 2004 and 2014, Tsung Yeh directed two mega orchestra concerts at the Singapore Indoor Stadium and National Stadium, Singapore Sports Hub respectively, of which, 2014’s concert of 4,557 musicians broke 2 Guinness World Records and 3 Singapore Book of Records.

His perseverance and diligence have brought SCO’s performances to new heights, both musically and technically. In March and April 2005, he led the orchestra on a tour to Europe at Barbican Centre in London, The Sage Gateshead and the Budapest Spring Festival. In October 2007, SCO performed at the Beijing Music Festival, China Shanghai International Arts Festival, Macau International Music Festival, as well as at major concert halls in Guangzhou, Zhongshan and Shenzhen. In August 2009, SCO made history by becoming the first Chinese orchestra to perform in the opening week of the Edinburgh Festival. Tsung Yeh was awarded the Cultural Medallion 2013, the highest award given in the field of the arts in Singapore. He is also currently the advisor to the Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra.

Tsung Yeh was the Music Director of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra in the United States from 1988 to 2016. In 1995, he was honoured with the ASCAP Award together with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. As part of the Conductors’ Mentor Programme sponsored by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, he worked with Music Director Daniel Barenboim and Principal Guest Conductor Pierre Boulez. In April 1991, he replaced the indisposed Barenboim at short notice. He is also the former Music Director of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and the Exxon/Arts Endowment Conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. He served as Resident Conductor of Florida Orchestra and was the Principal Guest Conductor of Albany Symphony Orchestra of New York. He is the Principal Conductor of the Hua Xia Ensemble in Beijing.

Tsung Yeh started learning the piano at the age of five. He began his study of conducting at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1979, and two years later won a full scholarship to the Mannes College of Music in New York where he received the Academic Excellence Award upon graduation. In 1983, he began his post-graduate study at Yale University under Otto Werner-Mueller. He also studied conducting with Max Rudolf, Leonard Slatkin, Murry Sidlin, Sidney Harth, Han Zhong Jie, Huang Yi Jun and Cao Peng.

In May 2001, Tsung Yeh conducted the Paris-Shanghai Duplex Concert – a collaboration of the French National Symphony Orchestra and Shanghai Broadcasting Orchestra – that was broadcast via satellite to millions of viewers in Europe and Asia. His previous engagements include San Francisco, Tucson and New Haven Symphonies, Calgary and Rochester Philharmonic, and orchestras from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Taipei, Taichung, Japan, France, Poland, Russia and Czech Republic.

Tsung Yeh is a distinguished professor at the China Conservatory of Music and guest professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. He was one of the artistic directors of the Symphonic Workshop Ltd in the Czech Republic since 1992, and has also taught conducting workshops hosted by the Conductors Guild, The League of American Orchestras and the Musik Hochschule of Zurich. As a recording artist, Tsung Yeh has made various recordings under the HUGO, Delos and Naxos labels.

Photo credit: Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO)


About BHSO Conducting Masterclasses

Since 2013, the BHSO Conducting Masterclasses has become a much anticipated annual platform for aspiring professional conductors who wish to develop their technique and knowledge in the art of orchestral conducting with highly distinguished conductors and master teachers have included Wang Ya Hui (Singapore), Chan Tze Law (Singapore) & Apo Hsu (Taiwan).
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