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Since its inception in 2009, SMU Chinese Orchestra (SMUCO) strives to be a unique orchestra of excellence under the baton of Mr Quek Ling Kiong. The orchestra distinguishes itself through various cross-disciplinary works and creative programming. Other than its annual production, SMUCO has been actively involved in The Purple Symphony (TPS), Singapore’s largest inclusive orchestra.

Till date, SMUCO has performed in a wide range of performances ranging from university-wide events such as SMU Annual Arts Festival to external gigs with various external parties such as Esplanade.

SMUCO is made up of music enthusiasts whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Chinese Music to the community at-large and at the same time embracing the values of care and compassion. SMUCO prides itself on being a youthful, vibrant and unique Orchestra which has cultivated a refined taste in various music genres and art forms.

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Trainings

Friday

7:00 - 10:00 pm

Classroom

Saturday

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Classroom

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What genre of music does SMUCO usually play?
We cover a  mixture of genres including both traditional and contemporary repertoires. You name it, we have it!

Do I have to buy my own instruments?
No, you do not have to! We provide rental of instruments.

Are the training sessions rigorous in SMUCO? 
We only have training sessions prior to performances and hence there would be ample time for you to focus on your studies and also other hobbies! Moreover, many of us feel that training sessions are actually a stress reliever for us as we get to take a break from studying.

What performance opportunities can I look forward to in SMUCO?
We host an annual concert where we get the autonomy to plan and perform our favourite songs. We also collaborate with The Purple Symphony (TPS), an orchestra for the special needs. We obtain CSP hours from this! Secondly, we are also involved in SMU's annual Arts Festival where we come up with all sorts of interesting programs; ranging from a joint performance with SMUCO Symphonia to putting up a professional documentary video series featuring our music and showing care for our society. Lastly, we are also involved in gigs and external engagements!

Can I join SMUCO if I do not have prior experience in Chinese Orchestra?
Sadly, we would not be able to accept people without Chinese Orchestra background as there would only be trainings when we have performances and hence there may not be enough time for you to pick up an instrument. However, we would be able to accept percussion players with musical background.