The Young Choral Academy
The Young Choral Academy (YCA) is the umbrella organization for the country’s first academy for choral music. Founded in 2007 by Susanna Saw and Chow Wei Heng, it aims to organize more exchange programmes with other international choirs and to provide a training platform for those interested to work with children and school choirs, as well as to encourage the formation and management of choral ensembles and other performing groups. The Academy also prepares choirs for international festivals and competitions, and organizes workshops as well.
The Young Choral Academy offers individual vocal and piano lessons, and houses few fun-loving and dynamic choirs – The Kuala Lumpur Children’s Choir (children aged 3-15), Gaudeamus Youth Choir, and The Young Kuala Lumpur Singers (Adult Community Choir). To date, these choirs have performed in such prestigious venues as The Actors Studio in Bangsar, the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, and the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas.
Aside from musical education, the Academy is proud to be the organiser of the Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod. The yearly Choir Symposium is a venue which allows singers from 7 years to 19 years old to work with professional choral clinicians during the mid-year school holidays. Students from various schools throughout Malaysia converge in Kuala Lumpur for this event, which is held annually. YCA also organises the yearly National Choir Competition for choirs from different part of Malaysia, and bi-annually the International Choir Festival.
The Academy also works in partnership with several Malaysian arrangers to produce score publications featuring choral arrangements for various local folk and patriotic songs, including some local pop songs. These publications are available for sale through the Academy.
One of the things the Young Choral Academy believes in very strongly is giving back to society. Voices of Hope (VoH) was formed in 2004 by two members of the Young KL Singers, Ian Chow and Annette Soo, as a way for the choir to be more effective in their community outreach work. In 2006, it officially became the charity arm of the Young Choral Academy. Besides continuous fundraising efforts by dedicating tickets to charity homes during choir productions, VoH also ran a weekly program to teach songs and musicianship to underprivileged children between the ages of 9 to 15 years old from 2004 to 2007. Periodically, VoH also holds recitals to raise funds for good causes; beneficiaries have included the Nanyang Press Foundation for underprivileged and single mothers, and the Cyclone Nargis Disaster Relief Fund.
Above all, the Young Choral Academy is an organization dedicated to enriching life through singing, and enjoying it in the process!
The Kuala Lumpur Children’s Choir (children aged 3-15), Gaudeamus Youth Choir, and The Young Kuala Lumpur Singers (Adult Community Choir).
Aside from musical education, the Academy is proud to be the organiser of the Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod.
The Young Choral Academy offers individual vocal and piano lessons and houses few fun-loving and dynamic choirs.