ARTISTIC PANEL

Two lead vocals in one single harmony, ShiLi & Adi, is noted as one of the most popular duos in Singapore. No stranger to the big stage, they have sung for Singapore Presidents S.R. Nathan and Dr. Tony Tan, the Sultan of Malaysia, PM Lee Hsien Loong and other dignitaries, since embarking on their musical journey five years ago.  Their versality is shown either in a two-piece acoustic setting, going back to basics with a stripped down arrangement of just vocals and a keyboard, or backed by their spunky band, crooning fun, romantic, and show-stopping tunes with an eclectic and dynamic mix of music from chart-topping hits to classics by legends Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra, always giving an eargasmic treat to audiences.   They have seen local and international stages, having performed at the F1 Singapore Grand Prix in Sep 2012​to 2014. ShiLi & Adi was back in Sep 201​5 performing at the F1 as the only local artiste who has performed consecutively for ​4 years to join the stellar international line-up that included Pharell Williams​, Maroon 5 and Bon Jovi!​ They have also performed for Young NTUC Celebrates NDP 2012 and 2013, twice at the Marina Promontary to 15,000 celebrants.    Clients have flown the duo out of Singapore to Bali, Makassar, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and other parts of the region to serenade their loved ones on their big day as featured in Sunday Times in Dec 2013 (Bali wedding was featured on 29 Dec 2013 in Sunday Times pg 10 Life section and 15 July 2012 as a popular duo). The duo was also single handledly picked by Singapore pop diva, Stefanie Sun to perform alongside her at her best friend's wedding at W Hotel last year​.   ShiLi & Adi was also recently been invited by the Indonesian TV stations Kompas TV and JTV for special appearances and interview in Jakarta and started 2016 with a band by having a sold out concert on 13 Jan 2016 at the University Cultural Centre in National University of Singapore!

Shili & Adi (U-21 Solo & Group Festival)

Dr Thomas Manhart is a singer, voice teacher, ethnomusicologist and Gamelan player. Just recently, in August 2015, he has become the new Head of Music at SOTA, the School of the Arts Singapore.   Thomas studied Opera, Oratorio and Lied at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich and Vienna with Hanno Blaschke and Helena Laszarska. He also studied privately and participated in masterclasses with Sabine Schütz, Donald George, Martin Hummel and Paul Esswood. His interest for early liturgical music led him to monasteries in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Spain for courses in Renaissance and Baroque singing and Gregorian Chant. Expanding his academic work in ethnomusicology, he studied Southeast Asian music, Sundanese, Javanese, and Balinese Gamelan in Bandung, Yogyakarta, and Ubud respectively, Music of Sumatra at the Taman Budaya Padang and the Museum Pusaka Nias, and Thai music at the National University of Singapore.  For all that, Thomas has been awarded with a Teaching Degree for Music, Theology, and German Language, a Master of Arts as voice pedagogue from Germany, and he received his PhD from the National University of Singapore for his dissertation “A Song for Lowalangi – the Interculturation of European Catholic Mission and Nias traditional Arts with special respect to Music”.  Beside his new position as Head of Department in SOTA, he is still part-time lecturer at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and NAFA. Thomas has his private voice studio “artyfakt”, and is the director of the Center for Worldmusic and Performing Arts, Singapore.

Dr Thomas Manhart

Gani is a multi-disciplined, multi-faceted international theatre-practitioner equally adept at singing, dancing and acting, as well as a sought-after Choreographer-director, arts-educator, composer and playwright. He has trained in multiple dance genres and also delved into a myriad of traditional Asian art forms. <br /><br /> Gani’s passion for the Arts and Education has led him to develop the dance syllabus for Ang Moh Kio Secondary School's Intergrated Arts Programme (2005-08) and also take up the role as Resident Artistic Director-choreographer/trainer-facilitator for Singapore Management University Komunitas Indonesia (2011-2014).

Mr Gani Karim

Horace Mui, the Principal and Founder of Red Vocal Academy, is one of the few experts in classical Bel-Canton and pop music, vocalist, conductor and educator in Hong Kong. During his secondary school life in Diocesan Boys School, under his leadership, the school choir has won more than 20 championships in solo and choir competitions;   Educated at Indiana University, Mui has participated in numerous world class productions, such as the national-tour performance with Grammy-Awards nominee The Singing Hoosiers, recording of the soundtrack Magical Musicals featuring music from Disney movies with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra for global distribution etc.  Returning Hong Kong in 2002, Mui was active in participating musical performances of various genres and educational activities, and aims at promoting high-quality vocal and musical culture. His unique method of teaching, which contains a fusion of traditional and pop music and is more focused on developing performer's own style, has received great support and appreciation from students and music lovers.   G.E.M., the young and talented singing artist in Hong Kong, was one of Mui's students. In the past, Mui himself and his students had been invited to thousands of performances, including international brands and icompanies e.g. HSBC, Salvatore Ferragamo, Motorola, KPMG etc.;   In 2006, his students were invited by the world-famous singing group Westlife, as special performing guests in the press conference of their Asia Live Tour Face to Face.  Mui hopes to inspire Hong Kong young people to pursue their dreams through music education, unearth new talents and help them develop their careers as creative artists. Apart from performances in recent years, he brought about many music projects, including the establishment of Red Vocal Academy in 2009, and the introduction of the Show Choir Hong Kong which is inspired by American Show Choirs in the same year.   Through his active promotion of music in the local community, Mui wishes to pass his passion for music from one generation to the next.

Horace Mui (Hong Kong)

  Casey pursued his Bachelors Degree at the Cultural Center University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur majoring in Clarinet while minoring the Flute. Casey furthered his studies at The College of Music, Mahidol University, Thailand where he obtained a Masters Degree in Clarinet Performance. Casey is currently in his final completion for his Doctorate PhD in Voice and Musical Theater at ASWARA, Malaysia.    As a Singer and Musical Director, Casey sang in the National Choir while performing Carl Orf's Carmina Burana and several other choral works. Casey was the musical director for SHOUT! The Mod Musical, Some Enchanted Evening, Dreamgirls, Rent and other Broadway Musicals and concert recitals. As a soloist, Casey has been invited to perform in many recitals including the International Guitar Festival, Thailand (2008).  Casey has performed in a masterclasses in Melbourne, Australia singing several selections from the Broadway Musicals. In 2014, he was invited to perform at the International Music Examinations Board graduation ceremony in Sydney, Australia where he was awarded the Fellowship title. Casey is the resident Music Director and Vocal Director of SPLASH Show Choir and the Broadway Academy Vocal Ensemble (BAVE). He has taught many voice students and coached various show choirs in Malaysia.     Casey's was the Conductor of the KYSO (1998) and Band Director of St. Francis' Institution Military Band (1998). Casey played with the Kuala Lumpur Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Dr. Ota. In 2004, Casey was also appointed as Assistant Conductor of the UMSO, Conductor of the UM Symphonic Band, Band Director for the Soka Gakkai Wind Orchestra and the Sultan Alam Shah Wind Orchestra. In 2007 Casey was appointed a full time position in the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra which he successfully completed 2 full seasons and performance at the Tokyo Opera City, Japan. As an ensemble player, Casey was in the first batch of

Casey

Brendan Jennings is the Director of Vocal Music at John Burroughs High School, of which he is an alumnus. He heads a nationally acclaimed music program that features seven highly accomplished performing ensembles, a cutting edge technical theater program and nearly 250 students. Powerhouse, the elite level competitive show choir at Burroughs, has performed in every corner of the United States winning numerous local and national grand championships. Under the direction of Jennings, the Burroughs choirs have made many appearances on national television, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dancing with the Stars and were showcased on the CBS Evening News. Powerhouse has also taken two international tours and performed opposite artists such as Christina Aguilera, Harry Connick Jr., Adam Levine, The Canadian Tenors, Nelly Furtado and the cast of Glee. Jennings is a sought-after musical director, clinician, and vocal teacher. He received two Bachelors degrees and a teaching credential from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.

Brendan Jennings

Jen Oundjian has been choreographing and designing award-winning show choir, musical theatre productions and large event performances for almost two decades.   She has been the resident Artistic Director and Choreographer for John Burroughs Powerhouse Showchoir (known as one of the inspirations for the Fox TV show “Glee”) for 19 years. Powerhouse has performed on The Voice, Dancing with the Stars, Ellen, America’s Got Talent and The Oprah Winfrey Show. They have done High profile performances for dozens of Hollywood events and around the world performances including Hong Kong and Beijing.   ,Her high-concept shows have taken Powerhouse to top-3 placings at nationwide competitions every year for the past thirteen years, winning seven National Grand Championships. With an BFA from CalArts in costume design/theatre design, her shows consistently push the boundaries of creativity and passion. She works nationwide as a clinician, performance coach, and judge.

Jennifer Oundjian

Gani is a multi-disciplined, multi-faceted international theatre-practitioner equally adept at singing, dancing and acting, as well as a sought-after Choreographer-director, arts-educator, composer and playwright. He has trained in multiple dance genres and also delved into a myriad of traditional Asian art forms. <br /><br /> Gani’s passion for the Arts and Education has led him to develop the dance syllabus for Ang Moh Kio Secondary School's Intergrated Arts Programme (2005-08) and also take up the role as Resident Artistic Director-choreographer/trainer-facilitator for Singapore Management University Komunitas Indonesia (2011-2014).

Grace Ng Ee Wern

A graduate of the National University of Singapore’s BA Theatre Studies Programme, Jonathan has worked as an actor and director with numerous Singaporean and UK companies including the Singapore Repertory Theatre, W!LD Rice, Dream Academy, TheatreWorks, the SAF Music & Drama Company, ACTION Theatre, I Theatre and Tall Stories. Notable productions Jonathan has worked in include Chang & Eng - The Musical, Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress, Beauty World - 20th Anniversary, Sing To The Dawn, National Broadway Company and the Singapore premieres of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years and Songs For A New World. Most recently, Jonathan was seen as the late Mr. Lee Kuan Yew’s younger brother, Dennis Lee, in The LKY Musical.  Jonathan has been nominated four times and has won the Straits Times Life! Theatre Award for his work on Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest with theatre ensemble young&W!LD. In 2008, Jonathan was awarded the National Arts Council’s Arts Scholarship to train at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) where he received an MA (with Distinction) in Musical Theatre Performance. Upon returning to Singapore, Jonathan was appointed Associate Artistic Director of I Theatre Ltd where he founded Creative Edge - Theatre Training Ensemble, I Theatre’s youth training division, dedicated to nurturing the brightest young talent for the Singaporean stage.  A member of the Voice & Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), Jonathan is delighted to be joining the Theatre faculty at NAFA and looks forward to contributing to the growth of Singapore theatre.

Jonathan Lum

A contemporary classical soprano, Khor Ai Ming has been the recurring artiste of choice for the Singapore and world premieres of new-music works. She is tirelessly active in the Singapore arts scene, and has graced many large-scale celebrations and festivals as an artiste. Her vast experience with various arts fields and genres attests to her remarkable versatility as a musician.  Works Ai Ming has presented as Singapore or Asia premieres include Gottfried von Einem’s Der Besuch der alten Dame, where she was cast in the lead role of Claire Zachanassian; Schoenberg’s complete Pierrot Lunaire; Berio’s O King; Gaslini’s Magnificat; Paul Wilson’s Spiritus; Messiaen’s La Mort du Nombre; and Juhi Bansal’s The Lost Country of Sight.  Ai Ming was featured in the grand finale of Chingay Parade 2011, and in the grand opening of Chingay Parade 2014. She sang the soprano solo in the Music for Fireworks at the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2012. In 2013, she gave another performance of Pierrot Lunaire under the Esplanade Spectrum Series with the Asian Contemporary Ensemble, and was critically acclaimed by The Straits Times.  Ai Ming holds a Fellowship in Voice (FTCL), and is under the tutelage of world-renowned mezzo-soprano Liang Ning. After successful sold-out solo recitals in 2008 and 2010 at the Esplanade, Ai Ming has since given highly anticipated annual recitals at this distinguished venue.  Ai Ming is the artistic director of Vocal Associates, a dynamic non-profit arts group that reflects her trademark versatility. In 2013, eight of her students, all members of Vocal Associates, won five 1st prizes and three 2nd prizes at the American Protégé International Music Competition. This achievement marks the first time in Asia that a group of competitors of this size has won top prizes under the same voice teacher. Subsequently, all eight were accorded the honour of performing at New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall, and two in particular won the Best Performer award. This year, Ai Ming successfully established a 50-member Festival Children’s Choir and a 100-member Festival Chorus, both of which are under the wing of Vocal Associates. Upcoming projects for the Festival Chorus include performances of Berstein’s Chichester Psalms and Mahler’s Symphony No.8 with the Orchestra of the Music Makers.  Ai Ming has been the chorus mistress of both the Singapore Lyric Opera Chorus and the Singapore Lyric Opera Children’s Chorus. As chorus mistress, she gained considerable experience working with distinguished opera directors including Andrew Sinclair, Tom Hawkes, David Edwards and Paul-Emile Fourny for the productions of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffman; Puccini’s La Bohème, Manon Lescaut, and Madama Butterfly; Verdi’s La Traviata; Bizet’s Carmen; Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Don Giovanni.  Ai Ming is currently a voice teacher at the School of the Arts, Singapore (SOTA), as well as at the Singapore Raffles Music College. She is also the choral director of several local schools, some of which have garnered the Distinction Award of the Singapore Youth Festival Choral Competition. She gives voice lessons to students in the Music Elective Programme, and is also the Principal of The Music Academia, one of Singapore’s top voice and music schools that consistently produces the highest scorers of the Trinity Guildhall Music Examinations.  Ai Ming enjoys working with young people. She has been a Mentor to the Singapore Street Festival for more than 10 years, and is the choral instructor for the Breast Cancer Foundation’s Healing Through Arts Programme.

Khor Ai Ming

Charles, better known as Charles “Stitch” Wong, burst into the scene by clinching 4th place in the reality singing competition, Singapore Idol 3 2009, with a unique mix of singing, guitar, and beat box.  He is known for his unique rendition of songs with the Guitar, High Energy Beatbox routines and his emotive style of Singing.  Charles started beatboxing because he did not have enough money to buy a drum set, and even if he did, he did not have enough space in his house to put a drum set. His passion to do sounds with his mouth grew from there, and he now boasts a strong portfolio of performing and teaching experiences.

Charles Stitch Wong (U-21 Solo & Group Festival)

A petite dynamic, Tay Ke Xin is a small girl with a big voice. Since 19, she has been rapidly garnering a fan following in Singapore with her versatility from sweet jazz numbers, to high energy pop hits.  In less than 5 years, Kexin has made her mark on both local and international stages. Today, Kexin can be found singing at Switch by Timbre on every Monday and Thursday night.  In Dec 2012, Kexin released her first EP [Get Set, Go!], in which she penned songs of positivity and new beginnings. The pop album quickly topped Sg’s CD-Rama Regional Charts within the first week of sales. Power-pop single “Prove Myself” ranked 12th on MeRadio’s 2012 Top 20 Singles, and the song was later chosen as soundtrack for a Channel U primetime drama.  Dec 2013, Kexin was appointed asDavid Tao’s Concert World Tour backing vocalist and travelled with him to perform over 20 city states, including countries like China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia etc.  Dec 2014, Kexin was awarded the “Breakthrough in Arts” Award by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at Youth Time 2014 , and was invited to participate in the Youth Time Dialogue 2014 with PM Lee and other Youths.  In 2015, Kexin emerged Top 10 in the Voice of China Singapore competition.  Kexin is currently a member of the biggest Asian Pop-rock Vocal Band “MICappella” and has been touring internationally. Most recently, the group released a cover song “Na Xie Nian De Xiao Xing Yun” which went viral and garnered over 1.7million views worldwide.  Apart from being a seasoned performer and bilingual event host, Kexin also started Sparkle Live Music, Singapore’s Premier live music provider for events and weddings.

Tay Kexin (U-21 Solo & Group Festival)

Boon Hui Lu

Meryl Joan Lee

Susan Yeung