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The Performer's Voice Symposium 2012


The Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music is pleased to announce the detailed programme for next month's Performer's Voice Symposium: Horizons Crossing Boundaries (Thur 25 – Sun 28 October, YSTCM, National University of Singapore). This year, with Prof. John Rink (University of Cambridge) as the keynote speaker, 9 other distinguished plenary presenters from around the world and a host of internationally-renowned performers and ensembles, the symposium offers an ideal opportunity for stimulating discussion, developing ideas and disseminating research where the values of performers are the central focus.

The Performer's Voice aims to stimulate discussion, develop ideas, and disseminate research on music performance in relation to its four points of focus: Towards Performance; Beyond the Score; My Instrument - My Voice; Asian Voices. Featuring 110 presenters from 22 countries, embracing 5 continents in more than 70 events, this promises to be a truly distinctive 4-day celebration. Click here to register.


The 2nd Performer's Voice Symposium
'Horizons Crossing Boundaries'


The Performer's Voice aims to stimulate discussion, develop ideas, and disseminate research on music performance from a range of angles. The first international performance symposium in 2009 attracted 170 delegates from 22 countries (6 continents) and featured 65 presentations in relation to its four points of focus: Towards Performance; Beyond the Score; My Instrument - My Voice; Asian Voices. Subsequent to the initial symposium, a website was established ( theperformersvoice.org ) and a publication of selected proceedings edited by the symposium's convener Dr. Anne Marshman was published by Imperial College Press ( 'Performers' Voices Across Centuries and Cultures'). From the 25th - 28th of October, the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore will host the second Performer's Voice Symposium, Horizons Crossing Boundaries.

Symposium Theme: Horizons Crossing Boundaries

Building on the successes of the first symposium and on its points of focus, the specific theme for the 2012 symposium is Horizons Crossing Boundaries, as we seek to explore multifarious emerging continuums: from mainstream to experimental, notated to improvised, classical to jazz, world, alternative, pop and/or multi-media, acoustic to electronic, local traditional to contemporary global, canon to contemporary, performer to scholar, west to east and east to west.

Though interdisciplinary in scope, the symposium's distinct focus derives from an emphasis on the act of performance, the role of the performer, and the professional performer's perspective. The programme will feature plenary and parallel sessions of lecture-recitals, papers with live or recorded performance, open rehearsals, panel discussions, and workshops. In addition to inviting a range of plenary speakers from 4 continents, this symposium also brings together an exciting number of international keynote performers, all with reputations for crossing boundaries and exploring new horizons, each of whom is also able to reflect upon and communicate about their process of working.

Symposium Points of Focus:

1. Towards Performance: A forum for exploring and presenting research into processes (musical, physical, intellectual, sensory, emotional, spiritual) that lead to music performance. Collaborations between composers and performers are encouraged.

2. Beyond the Score: A forum for exploring and presenting research and reflections on factors that contribute to the uniqueness of every performance. Topics might include the performer's relationship with the score and with the audience and dynamics of relationships between performers in rehearsal and performance.

3. My Instrument - My Voice: A forum for the exchange of ideas and research on ways in which music performance is inherently and inevitably shaped by the idiosyncratic qualities, physical character, and demands of different instruments.

4. Asian Voices: Because of its Singaporean context we would like to explore the role of 'Asian voices' in music performance. Topics might relate to (but are not limited to) the influence of Asian cultures, philosophies, religions, and pedagogical methods on performance. We would also like to consider the implications (philosophical and practical) for so-called 'Western' art music within the context of an increasingly globalized world and in light of the growing number of Asian voices currently making this body of repertoire their own.



Keynote Speaker


Prof. John Rink (University of Cambridge, UK)


Keynote Performers



Joe Burgstaller
(Peabody Conservatory of Music, USA)
Colin Currie (UK)
James Morrison (Australia)
Qin Li-Wei (Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Singapore)

Melvyn Tan (UK / Singapore)


Plenary Presenters

Dr. Darla Crispin (Orpheus Research Centre in Music, Belgium)
Dr. Stephen Emmerson (Queensland Conservatorium, Australia)
Prof. Thomas Hecht (Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Singapore)
Prof. Michael Musgrave (Julliard School, USA)
Dr. Anothai Nitibhon (Silpakorn University, Thailand)
Dr. Kia-Hui Tan (Ohio State University, USA)


Resident Ensembles


Ang Mo Faux
Orchestra of the Music Makers

The Six Tones
Size Zero Opera / Diana Soh
T'ang Quartet


Funding For Presenters


A travel-assistance grant of SGD$500 will be awarded to participants residing outside Singapore who are selected to present at the symposium.


Organising Committee


Brett Stemple - Symposium Convener
Jenny Ang - Symposium Coordinator
Prof Bernard Lanskey - Director, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music
Assoc. Prof Craig De Wilde - Deputy Director, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music
Assoc. Prof Chan Tze Law - Associate Director, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music

Enquiries: performersvoice@nus.edu.sg