Angela graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) with a Bachelor's degree (Honours) in Music from the University of Wales, and also holds a Diploma in Music Performance with Distinction.
Whilst studying with former NAFA head of keyboard studies, Mrs Rena Phua, and pipe organ master, Dr. Evelyn Lim, Angela participated in masterclasses with world renowned organists Dong-IIl Shin (South Korea), Mark Quarmby (Australia), and Felix Hell (Germany).
She has also performed solo and in ensemble with wind bands and youth orchestras at Singapore's Victoria Concert Hall, the Esplanade concert hall, and Kuala Lumpur's Petronas Filharmonik Hall.
Angela now regularly accompanies choirs and solo instrumentalists during recitals and examinations for the ABRSM and Trinity diplomas. On weekends, she serves as sub-organist with the Cathedral Choir of the Risen Christ, playing over sixty major services a year, and is also conductor and organist of the evening choirs of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, where she also trains a group of thirty adults in music theory.
With more than ten years' experience in music pedagogy, Angela dedicates most of her time to teaching her piano students at the Coronation Music School and at home. Her students range from three-year-olds to adults to whom she teaches a variety of techniques from solfege-singing to improvisation.
Angela strongly believes that learning should not be merely exam-oriented, but a holistic journey of repertoire-building and music exploration. She encourages her students to pursue a well-rounded education with skills such as ensemble, duet, and percussion playing with the piano.
Angela's lessons are catered to the particular needs of each student, and she advocates a three-way learning environment involving teacher, student, and parental commitment.
Originally trained on the piano, Gerald’s interest in keyboard performance practice led him to switch his performance major to the harpsichord (an “ancestor” of the piano) at the University of Birmingham, UK, where he owed much of his formative years to his teacher, Christine Whiffen. Gerald holds the distinction of being the first ever student in the university’s music department to graduate with a high first-class aggregate (with double majors in performance and musicology) in the honours year. For his outstanding results, Gerald was awarded the Barber Academic Prize twice and the Arnold Goldsbrough Early Music Prize. Gerald then furthered his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London under the tutelage of Carole Cerasi (harpsichord and fortepiano) and Terence Charlston (clavichord and basso continuo), where he completed his master’s degree with distinction, as well as winning the Nancy Nuttall Early Music Prize.
Much of Gerald’s early musical training started on the piano under Low Shao Ying in Singapore and David Quigley in the UK. Under the tutelage of the former, he went on to attain a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music in piano performance with distinction. Gerald was also selected by the Ministry of Education in Singapore to attend the Pan Pacific Music Camps (Advanced Piano School) in Sydney, studying principally with Marc Durand.
Gerald divides his time between performing, accompanying and teaching. He has given performances and recitals in the UK, The Netherlands, Belgium and Australia. In Singapore of late, Gerald has produced and directed an evening of rarely heard 17th- and 18th-century German ensemble music at the Esplanade. He has also collaborated with ADDO Chamber Orchestra, The Philharmonic Orchestra and International Festival Chorus Singapore to name a few.
Gerald is particularly interested in an interdisciplinary approach to music, where he intertwines the subject with history, politics, philosophy, literature and architecture. This is reflected in his teaching approach, where his students learn about topics beyond the scope of the music exam syllabus. Besides integrating elements of the Kodály method in his teaching, he encourages his students to question – a hallmark of the Socratic Method – which he believes is important in deepening their understanding of any subject.
CHUA TUNG KHNG
Despite not having his first piano lesson until 15 and completing a Diploma in Engineering, Tung Khng’s late start in music did not deter him from completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Music at LASALLE College of the Arts, under Arkadiusz Bialak. He has then proceeded to complete his Masters of Music with Distinction from Birmingham Conservatoire, studying with Philip Martin, Robert Markham and Mark Bebbington, focusing on repertoire by English Composers.
He has participated in masterclasses by Richard Omrod, John Lenehan and Martin Jones, and regular workshops with John Sharpley and Kim Jinho. At LASALLE he was actively involved in performances of works by contemporary classical composers, and has also collaborated with the dance faculty. Tung Khng was also actively involved in accompaniment, chamber music, music festival performances and lunchtime concerts while in Birmingham.
Tung Khng believes in a holistic approach to learning, combining various aspects of music like harmony, history, aural skills when approaching any piece of music. Students are also encouraged to be inquisitive, forming their own opinions and thus understanding the subject better. He regards music to have the potential to develop a person’s character and philosophy.
Benjamin Lim has been praised by prominent musicians as a remarkably sensitive pianist. After receiving a scholarship to study piano performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he has since graduated and is currently teaching back home in Singapore. In addition to piano performance where he studied with Sanford Margolis, he also received training on the Fortepiano with David Breitman, and Harpsichord with Webb Wiggins.
He has performed extensively as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and choral accompanist in venues across the US. Collaborations include the performances with sopranos Erin Alcorn, Janani Sridhar, conductors Dr Miguel Felipe and Philip Highfill, Oberlin Musical Union Choir and the Cleveland Opera Theater. Currently based in Singapore, he enjoys teaching and also lectures at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA).
Benjamin believes that if a student develops a strong foundation in rhythm and singing, it will help them go far, whether they pursue music as a hobby or profession. Nurturing courage and compassion are integral to his teaching philosophy, in music and in life.
CHONG TEN YEEN
A versatile and widely-experienced musician, Ten Yeen has served as a piano/organ accompanist and ensemble musician with community and student choirs, large and small instrumental ensembles, as well as individual singers and instrumentalists (violin, viola cello, flute, clarinet, basson, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba) in Singapore, Southeast Asia, and the U.S.A. Besides works from the standard classical vocal and instrumental repertory, she has performed broadway musical numbers, opera/operetta productions with piano reductions or harpsichord continuo, music for liturgy, as well as music for dance and community drama performances. She has studied and performed at summer programs at the Vancouver Early Music Festival and the Baroque Performance Institute (Oberlin), and collaborated with auditioned singers at the Vann Vocal Institute and competition finalists and prize-winners of the NATS Alabama Auditions. Her teaching experience includes one-on-one instruction in the piano and violin, musical coaching of small to medium-sized instrumental and vocal ensembles, and classroom teaching for courses in ear-training/ aural skills, sight-singing, music theory (rudiments, harmony, part-writing), and music appreciation/ history.
Ten Yeen holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Alabama, USA and a Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) degree from the National University of Singapore.
“Through music, we gain a way of expressing ourselves, developing skills, and discovering our interests and talents. Singing and playing instruments train mental agility because musicians have to multi-task with body and mind: physical coordination and kinesthetics; integrating the senses of hearing, sight, and touch; emotional engagement; musical literacy and intellectual understanding.”
“Learning music is also about personal growth: developing good and disciplined habits, skills in observation and problem-solving, mental resilience and focus, and being self-aware, thoughtful, and flexible. What we gain from music study is proportionate to the love and commitment we put into it- whether our goal be music as a healthy part of childhood and growing up, music as a serious course of study, or music as a hobby.”
As a teacher, Ten Yeen works with students to reach their goals through a systematic but customised music-learning programme.
Violette Truong began her musical journey when she picked up the keyboard at the age of four, and has developed a strong passion for music ever since. She achieved a Distinction in Advanced Keyboard Studies while doing her Bachelor Degree at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, and has been described by teachers and fellow musicians as having great musicality and a sensitive ear.
Beyond her love for the piano, Violette has proven to be a proficient composer, graduating with a Masters in Composition from the Royal College of Music (London). Her compositions have been premiered at London’s prestigious National Portrait Gallery, and read and performed by groups such as the BBC Singers, the Soundinitiative Ensemble from Paris, and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra. Being a skilled pianist, she too has performed her composition herself at the Junior Original Concert in Singapore, the Asian Pacific Junior Original Concert in Malaysia and others.
Violette firmly believes first and foremost in making music learning an enjoyable, personalized experience for her students. She sees music as a platform for students to express themselves, and to develop confidence, discipline, and creativity. She also likes to incorporate singing, body movement, and narratives into her lessons to make piano learning a more engaging and holistic experience.