Formed in 2007, SMU Chamber Choir (SMUCC) has competed and achieved awards in several music festivals internationally, such as the 2nd Salzburg International Celebration and Choral Competition in 2019 where they received two Gold Diplomas and qualified for its first Grand Prix. Locally, the club also bagged silver awards in the 2018 Singapore International Choral Festival. Apart from its annual production, Wrinkles in the Air, SMUCC also performs in various school events, community outreach programmes and carolling projects.
Over the years, the Choir has traveled to and received numerous awards in many music festivals around the world. The Choir’s most recent stint was in Salzburg, Austria, with its participation in the 2nd Salzburg International Choral Celebration and Competition last year. The choir attained 2 Gold Diplomas, emerged as Category Winner and a Grand Prix finalist.
In addition to biennial overseas tours, the Choir also performs frequently at various local events such as school exchanges, community outreach programs, carolling projects and an annual Production — Wrinkles in The Air.
The idea of a family is embraced throughout the history of SMU Chamber Choir. Most singers in the Choir stay as part of the family after graduation, train together with undergraduates, and participate in all productions - for the sole enthusiasm for singing with a sense of belonging.
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Q1. Are Latin costumes and dancewear flashy/revealing?A1. Competition wear is often vibrant to capture attention, but it is entirely up to you.
Q2. What is the dress code for training? Do I need to purchase latin heels/shoes for training?A2. Any comfortable active/dancewear will do, with latin heels (girls) and shoes (guys). Yes, latin heels/shoes will be required, but don’t worry, there is a range of pricing so you won’t have to break the bank.
Q3. What is the level of commitment required for the CCA? Will I be able to cope?A3. Newcomers would only attend 2 classes; 1.5hr on Tuesday and 1hr on Saturday.
Q4. Do we have fixed partners?A4. No, we do not assign fixed partners. We typically rotate partners to allow everyone to learn how to dance with different people. This also promotes flexibility in partnering for competitions, and gives everyone an equal learning opportunity. Of course, we understand that it is natural to have a preferred partner for competitions/performances and we don’t place any rules on this.
Q5. Who conducts regular training for the club?A5. We have 4 qualified professional latin dance instructors from Aquilia Dance Academy that will guide you every step of the way. They are: 1) Rosario : Principal and main teacher of Aquilia Dance Studio 2) Joy: Certified teacher by United Kingdom Alliance who specialises in basic to advanced techniques and ladies styling 3) Nicolas: Professional competitor and teacher who specialises in on advanced techniques and competitive latin ballroom 4) Azri: Singapore’s top Amatuer Latin Competitor (SBDTA 2018), specialising in adult beginner, styling and performance
SMU Chamber Choir has been like a second family to me, and I have really enjoyed the many performances, competitions and practices that we went through together. It was great seeing so many of us working so hard towards our goal and creating a new legacy for SMU Chamber Choir.
(By Timothy Lim, Year 3 LKCSB)
“It’s always a different choir”. Maybe it’s a different song or different combination of people - that’s the beauty of being in SMU Chamber Choir. I learnt that there is “no same 2nd chance” and this constantly reminds me to always do my best.
(By Petrina Phua, Alumnus)