6th Singapore Performers' Festival & Chamber Music Competition 2016

Print This Page
19 Jun, 2016 12:00am - 25 Jun, 2016 12:00am

Date: 19 - 25 June 2016 

Venue: Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore



Pictures of 6th Performers' Festival, Gala Concert & Awards Ceremony

Please click here to view photos of the Gala Concert & Awards Ceremony.
(Click on top right corner to view pictures in large format)

Speech by Guest of Honour at the Gala Concert & Awards Ceremony

Making an impact through music
Speech by Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, at the Gala Concert & Awards Ceremony of the 6th Singapore Performers' Festival and Chamber Music Competition at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, 25 June 2016
Please click here to view the speech by Ms Grace Fu.

Announcement of 6th PF Results

Please click here to view Platinum Recipients.

Please click here to view Gold Recipients.

Please click here to view Paul Goh Bow Awards Recipients.

Please click here to view Chamber Music Results.

All participants will receive Adjudication Reports, Certificates and Video Recordings.

Adjudication Reports – will be emailed to your registered email address (Completed)

Certificates – will be mailed to your address submitted on your form (Completed)​

Video Recordings – a link will be emailed to you for download (Completed)


New Categories: Solo Voice, Chamber Music (Non-competitive option)

> Download FULL event information and regulations on 6th Performers' Festival 2016 (pdf) Last Update 1st Apr 2016

  1. Categories, Eligibility
  2. Adjudication
  3. Awards
  4. Forte Musicademy Chamber Music Competition Prize
  5. String Award: Hand-Crafted Bows by Paul Goh
  6. Scholarship Awards
  7. Performance Repertoire & Requirements
  8. Masterclasses, Workshops
  9. Dates
  10. Venue Information, Accommodation Suggestions & Getting Around Singapore
  11. Announcement of Awards Recipients
  12. Gala Concert & Awards Ceremony (Day 7)
  13. Registration & Fees
  14. Audience & Admission
  15. Terms & Conditions of Participation
  16. Updates & Announcements
  17. Enquiries



Inaugurated in 2006, the biennial Performers’ Festival (PF) gives musicians of all ages a public platform to showcase their talents before a live audience. It is a festival and not a competition, so you are not being compared to other performers. You have the chance to select music that you like and can play well, and perform it to the best of your ability in a professional setting before an international adjudicating panel. You are not vying for a grade – you are reaching for your personal best!



  • To encourage and promote a lifelong love of music by extending musical performance from the teaching studio to the concert stage
  • To nurture and instil interest and to widen music awareness
  • For parents to enjoy and BE PART of their children’s musical growth

Benefits for the Student

  • Motivate yourself towards a goal, at your own capacity and pace
  • Broaden your repertoire and playing skills
  • Widen your interest and develop a passion for music
  • Boost your self-confidence
  • Experience the whole process of performance preparation and performing in a real concert setting
  • Learn to promote yourself and garner audience to support your performance
  • Interact and learn from fellow performers

Benefits for the Teacher

  • Showcase your students in a public setting
  • Help set realistic and achievable goals for each individual student
  • Stretch each student to his/her fullest potential 
  • For students to explore a wide music repertoire beyond the confines of music exams
  • Use the Festival as an opportunity for professional development and recognition



The Festival has been supporting promising participants through various ways. To date, more than SGD$50,000 of scholarships have been awarded to outstanding Platinum performers whose teachers are SMTA members. Outstanding string players have also been awarded hand-crafted bows, made and kindly sponsored by Singaporean Archetier, Paul S. J. Goh.



Handcrafted bows by Paul Goh

The most deserving Violin, Viola and Cello performer, whose teachers are SMTA members OR are members themselves, will each be awarded a customised hand-crafted bow (total value of US$10,000) by Singapore’s first and only Archetier (bowmaker), Paul Goh.


Forte Musicademy Chamber Music Competition Prize

The TOP THREE winning groups shall receive cash prizes of $800, $500 & $300 respectively. The 1st prize group will be invited to perform in the Gala Concert.

Scholarships will be awarded to selected outstanding Platinum performers whose teachers are SMTA members OR who are SMTA members themselves.  
Venue: Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music

The Performers’ Festival gives you the unique opportunity to perform at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore.

Video Recording of your Performance

To commemorate your special moment, participants will receive a complimentary video recording of their performance which may also serve as their music portfolio or for audition purposes.

(Any type of unauthorized videography, recording or photography when the Festival is in session is STRICTLY not permitted so as not to interfere with the official videography.)

For Teachers: Complimentary SMTA Membership
Teachers will enjoy a free 2-year SMTA membership (2017-2018) when he/she registers 10 or more students for the PF.
Platinum and Gold recipients’ names and their teachers’ names shall be listed on the SMTA website.


The festival is open to the public (local & overseas, non-members & members) of all ages (children and adults) and all levels. The categories are:

Performers’ Festival

PIANO Solo Piano, Piano Duet (1 Piano, 4 Hands)
STRINGS Violin, Viola, Cello
SOLO VOICE New Category!
CHAMBER MUSIC (non-competitive option) New Category! No age restriction, any combination of instruments

Chamber Music Competition (age 18 & below)

Piano Trio One piano & any 2 bowed-string instruments
Piano Quartet One piano & any 3 bowed-string instruments
Piano Quintet One piano & any 4 bowed-string instruments
String Trio Any combination of 3 bowed-string instruments
String Quartet Any combination of 4 bowed-string instruments
String Quintet Any combination of 5 bowed-string instruments



For the Festival, a panel of two adjudicators will adjudicate each category. You will receive constructive written feedback from internationally renowned musicians based on how well you perform your chosen music. The evaluation is not based on how you play in comparison with another performer, nor will it take into consideration the age of the performer or the difficulty of the music.

Piano Adjudicators
Dr Agnes Wan
Chee-Hung Toh
Dennis Lee
Graeme Humphrey
Dr Jeanell Carrigan
Dr Matthew Manwarren

Strings Adjudicators
Dr Goetz Richter
Elizabeth Sellars
Leslie Tan

Voice Adjudicators
Professor Alan Bennett
Dr Thomas Manhart


Based on your performance, participants shall qualify for one of the five levels of awards:

Certificate of Participation Bronze Silver Gold Platinum

Trophies will be awarded to Platinum and Gold recipients during the Awards Ceremony on Day 7. Platinum and Gold recipients’ names will be announced on the SMTA website.

All participants will receive Adjudication Reports, Certificates and Video Recordings.

Adjudication Reports Will be emailed to your registered email address (July-Aug)
Certificates Will be posted to your address submitted on your form (July-Aug)
Video Recordings A link will be emailed to you for download (tentatively in September)


SMTA will not be held responsible for any errors made by the registrant.



The TOP THREE winning groups shall receive cash prizes of $800, $500 & $300 respectively.

The 1st prize group will be invited to perform in the Gala Concert.



Judges shall propose any deserving Violin, Viola &/or Cello performer(s)* to receive the special award of a customised hand-crafted bow (total value US$10,000) by Singapore’s first Archetier, Paul Goh.

(*Only Students of SMTA members OR participants who are members themselves are eligible for the consideration.)


Singaporean Archetier
Trained in bow-making at Violin Making School of America


An accomplished violinist and violist, Paul was trained in the finest tradition of French bow making that traces back to the legendary archetier, Tourte. Paul has distinguished himself among his peers in an astonishingly short period of time.

"I see you surpassing me as a bowmaker." Paul S. Prier Headmaster, Bow-making School of America

"…the next bowmaker to look out for." Morgen Anderson Master bow-maker, USA

"Bravo!" Stephane Thomachot Master bow-maker, France



Scholarships will be awarded (not for Chamber Music Competition), at the discretion of the organisers, to selected outstanding Platinum recipients* who show potential for further development. Selected participants may receive a maximum of one scholarship regardless of the number of entries in the same category eg. solo piano.
(*Only Students of SMTA members OR participants who are members themselves are eligible to be considered for these scholarships. Music students who are already on scholarships are not eligible.)

Academic School Membership (ASM)

Academic schools* can apply as members under “Academic School Membership” (ASM). Students of the member school will be considered as students of ASM members. Please propose to your school if it is not yet a member.
*“Academic schools” refer to Primary, Secondary and Tertiary institutions, schools that offer Music Elective Programme (MEP), and music institutions such as School of the Arts (SOTA), LaSalle College of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, NUS.

To join the SMTA, please see http://www.smtasingapore.com/member-application for more details & online application.



7.1 Repertoire

  • Free choice of repertoire
  • Any number of work(s) for Solo Piano, Piano Duet (1 Piano, 4 Hands) and Chamber Groups
  • Any number of work(s) for Violin, Viola or Cello (either solo or with piano accompaniment, or a combination of both)
  • Any number of work(s) for Solo Voice. Repertoire for solo voice must be age appropriate.

7.1.1 Additional Information for Solo Voice

  • A mixture of genres is allowed, but the entire program must be within your booked duration, including breaks in between songs.
  • Songs from musicals or movie genres need to be well-arranged.
  • No minimum age requirement. Choice of repertoire should be AGE APPROPRIATE.

7.2 Accompanists (Strings & Voice)

  • String and voice performers must provide their own accompanists should they be required.
  • Accompanists need not perform from memory.
  • The quality of the entire performance, including accompanist, will be taken into consideration.
  • Minus-one accompaniment recordings is not allowed.
  • SMTA shall not be held responsible if performers engage their accompanists before the performers’ schedule is announced.

7.3 Memorization

  • Solo Piano and Solo Voice participants are required to perform from memory.
  • Piano Duet and Chamber Groups participants need not perform from memory.
  • Violinists, violists and cellists who perform a sonata (composed for violin AND piano) or movements thereof need not perform from memory. Any other pieces MUST be performed from memory.
  • Participants performing with scores shall be awarded “Certificate of Participation”.

7.4 Repeats

  • Repeats are optional.

7.5 Duration

  • Duration is 10 minutes (your programme can be less than 10 minutes) which can be extended by blocks of 5 minutes.
  • Performers may perform for more than 10 minutes. The appropriate fees apply.
  • Performers can perform more than one work within the duration, during which it must include time for breaks in between each work.
  • The whole performance (starting from the time you enter to perform) must not exceed your booked duration. You are advised to do a run-through of your COMPLETE performance (including bowing, adjusting your seat/tuning, breaks in between pieces) to ensure that your booked duration is sufficient.
  • Performers will be stopped should they exceed their booked duration.
  • The duration of each work (including any repeats) must be stated on the Registration Form.

7.6 Entries

  • Participants may enter for more than one category. Separate applications for each category.
  • Solo categories: Individual registrations for each participant.

7.7 Scores

  • 1 set of ORIGINAL scores (no unauthorised photocopies) must be provided on the performance day for the adjudicators’ reference. Please remember to collect your scores back from the registration desk before you leave.
  • Bar numbers: Scores should be marked with bar numbers at the start of each line.

7.8 Performance Attire & Etiquette

  • Musical performance is as much a visual experience as it is an aural one. As such, performance etiquette should be practiced; appropriate performance attire and footwear should be worn. Attire and performance etiquette will be taken into consideration in the adjudication.



Masterclasses by the adjudicators for:

  • Piano (daily except Day 6)
  • Strings
  • Voice
  • Chamber Groups


(Please check back for more details and fees which will be ready in due course.)



Online registration: 7th–30th April 2016


Days 1 – 5

Piano Categories

Days 1 & 2

Solo Voice

Days 4 & 5

Strings & Chamber Groups
Chamber Music Competition (Day 5)

Day 6

(BREAK for others)
String Masterclass (to be confirmed)

Day 7


Masterclasses (daily for piano except Day 6; details & fees to be announced)

Workshops (Details & fees to be announced)

Free public admission for the performances & Gala Concert.

Practice Venues for Hire
Rehearsal and practice rooms are not provided at the Festival. The event runs continuously each day.
YSTCM does not rent out practice rooms. Please contact external music studios to enquire.

Yamaha Music School @ Clementi Avenue 3 (Nearest to YSTCM)
Tel: +65 6740 9361

Forte Musicademy
51 Waterloo Street, #03-05
Tel: +65 6338 0002



Venue: Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (National University of Singapore)
3 Conservatory Drive, Singapore 117376

Location Map & Directions: www.music.nus.edu.sg

Please click here for more information about the venue, accommodation suggestions, and how to travel around Singapore.

Facade & entrance to YSTCM

Concert Hall, Level 1 - Gala Concert & Awards Ceremony (Day 7)


Orchestra Hall, Level 3

Steven Baxter Recital Studio, Level 1



Announcement of Awards Recipients
Only recipients’ names for the following awards will be announced on the SMTA website on DAY 6.

  • Platinum & Gold Awards
  • Scholarship Awards
  • Paul Goh Bow Award
  • Chamber Music Competition Prize Winners

N.B. Participants must check their names on the website to come receive their awards at the Awards Ceremony on Day 7.

No phone calls will be made.

A representative can come and collect on the recipient’s behalf. Please inform SMTA.

Any uncollected awards will need to be arranged for collection from SMTA (within one month).

Recipients of Silver, Bronze and Certificate of Participation will receive their certificates by post (July-August).



Outstanding performers (contacted via phone by Day 6) and the winning group of the Chamber Music Competition will perform in the Gala Concert on Day 7.



Online registration: 7th–30th April 2016

Performance Date: Subject to availability, you can request for your choice of day on the form (1st come, 1st served).
This is not a guarantee but SMTA will endeavour to fulfill your request.

Solo Voice: Days 1 & 2 only
Strings & Chamber Groups: Days 4 & 5 only

Confirmation Email: A confirmation letter stating your performance date and reporting time will be emailed to you about 2 weeks before the event. Please ensure your email address is submitted correctly. If you do not hear from us by then, please email Ms Gillian Hu at secretary@smtasingapore.com.

Amendments:  Any amendments must be done via email to Ms Gillian Hu at secretary@smtasingapore.com within the registration period.

No amendment can be accepted thereafter.

Each amendment to the Certificate shall incur a fee of S$20.

Accuracy of Details: The information you provide will appear as such on the Programme Book, Adjudicators’ Reports and your certificates. SMTA shall not be held responsible for any errors/misspellings arising from inaccurate submissions. Please ensure accuracy when you register. Check thoroughly before submitting.

Registration Fees

Participants may register for any category(s) and for more than one 10-minute block. Separate applications to be made for separate categories.

Solo categories: Individual registrations for each participant. (No sharing)

For Performers' Festival:

1 person
2 persons
1st 10-minute block $180


Each subsequent 5-minute block of extension SGD$90

For Chamber Groups:

3 persons
4 persons
5 persons
1st 10-minute block SGD$200
($180 + $30)




For piano duet, trios, quartets and quintets, each subsequent participant pays an additional $10 each.

Each subsequent 5-minute block of extension: SGD$90

Example of extension of time:

15-minute block: $180 + $90 = $270

20-minute block: $180 + $90 + $90 = $360

Payment Options:

Option 1

Cheque (local)   


Please write the participant’s name (NOT PARENT’S NAME) and contact number on the reverse side of cheque.
*If you need a receipt, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Mail cheques to:
Ms Julie Tan (6th PF), SMTA President
65 Ubi Road 1,
#01-97 Oxley Bizhub 1, Singapore 408729

Option 2
Credit Card             

A link to PayPal is provided on the registration form. 

(An administration fee of 5% and a transaction fee of $0.50 applies)

Option 3
Telegraphic Transfer or
Internet Banking:   

TT option is accepted for overseas registrants. 
IB is accepted for local registrants.


Bank Account Details
Account No.: 375-303-771-1
Bank:             UOB (United Overseas Bank)
Bank code:    7375
Branch code: 059
Branch:          Upper Bukit Timah branch
Swift code:     UOVBSGSG

To ensure your registration is processed, please follow these steps:
1. ALL BANK CHARGES (charged by your bank & SINGAPORE bank) must be paid by the registrant. You need to inform your bank that you are paying ALL BANK CHARGES.
2. Please transfer to SMTA’s account within FOUR days of your registration. Otherwise, the registration shall be cancelled.
3. Please state participant’s name AND category on the TT/IB.
4. For group payment, please state teacher's name on the TT/IB.
5. Email a copy of TT/IB to secretary@smtasingapore.com when it is done.

STUDENTS’ NAME LIST (for Group Registration)
Please email a COMPLETE list of your students’ names & the number of time-blocks so that we can check and confirm your registration. For example:

Student A 1 x 10-minute block $180


Promoting, publicising and getting audience to your performance is just as essential as preparing for your own performance. Hence, participants are encouraged to invite family and friends to come and support their performance. It is also an opportunity for participants to benefit from watching fellow performers as well as to interact and forge new friendships.

Free public admission to watch:

  • The Festival performances (Days 1-5) and
  • Gala Concert & Awards Ceremony (Day 7)

First come, first serve

Masterclasses and Workshops: Fees & details will be out in due course

Entry and exit is permitted only at appropriate times during the performance.
Out of respect to other audience members, children under the age of 6 will not be allowed admission.

Any type of unauthorized videography, recording or photography when the Festival is in session is STRICTLY not permitted so as not to interfere with the official videography.


By submitting the entry form, the participant agrees to all of the above-mentioned regulations as well as the following terms and conditions:

a. The registration fee is neither refundable nor transferable.

b. The Singapore Music Teachers’ Association (the “Organiser”) reserves the right to cancel the event if due to insufficient participants or any unforeseen circumstances. As such, the registration fee shall be refunded.

c. The Participant consents to allowing the Organiser to record all or part of the Festival and related activities for broadcast and promotional purpose without any payment to the Participant. The Participant grants to the Organiser the exclusive rights to the recorded materials and pictures.

d. Participants must report to the Festival steward at the REPORTING TIME. Participants who arrive later than their scheduled time may be disqualified. 

e. Participants and supporters of Participants shall not communicate with or seek influence over the Adjudicators.

f. Any type of unauthorized videography, recording or photography when the Festival is in session is STRICTLY not permitted so as not to interfere with the official videography. 

g. The decisions of the Adjudicating Panel, acting on the Organiser’s behalf, are final.  No discussion or correspondence will be entertained.

h. The Participants agree to indemnify the Organiser against any injuries or damages occurred at the Festival.

i. The Organiser reserves the right to amend the Information, Rules, Terms and Conditions of the Festival without prior notice.


All updates and announcements will be posted on the SMTA website www.smtasingapore.com.
NOTE: It is the participant’s responsibility to check the website regularly for any updates and announcements.


All enquiries are to be directed to the organiser, SMTA

Ms Gillian Hu (Secretary)
The Singapore Music Teachers’ Association

For all correspondence & payment, please provide the participant’s registered name, category and contact numbers.

Info is correct @ time of printing & subject to changes w/o prior notice


We look forward to your participation!

Print This Page