Singapore Management University Symphonia
From its humble beginnings as a small ensemble in 2003, Singapore Management University (SMU) Symphonia has grown leaps and bounds over the last decade into a full-fledged wind symphony, consisting of musicians both within and outside the university. The band's development was a result of continual pursuit of excellence by past and present Symphonians. Over the years, SMU Symphonia engages in local and overseas community performances hoping toshare the joy of music in the heartlands and lift the spirits of residents through its performances, reflecting its core values of music, friends and fun.
The ensemble's vigorous music enrichment program includes exchanges with overseas wind bands such as Hong Kong Winds Performing Arts Association Symphonic Band and participating in international band festivals, among which includes Australian International Music Festival 2009 (Gold Award), Mid Europe Wind Orchestra Festival 2011 (1st prize - 1st division) and Singapore International Band Festival 2012 (1st prize – 1st division).
SMU Symphonia also enjoyed the opportunity to work with internationally acclaimed maestros like Timothy Reynish (United Kingdom), James Keene (USA), Johann Mösenbichler (Austria), Bruce Herriman (Australia) and Leonard Tan (Singapore).
Recently, the ensemble was named Best Classical Music Group by the university's Arts and Cultural Fraternity and was awarded with the Outstanding Achievement in Arts, affirming its reputation as an Arts Excellence Program CCA in SMU.
An active band director, Adrian Chiang regularly works with musicians across all age groups, and from different walks of life. Throughout his years in the Singapore band movement, he has led many local bands to outstanding awards in both local and international festivals.
Besides being the Resident Conductor of Singapore Management University Symphonia, Adrian Chiang is concurrently the Music Director of many other well-established bands from primary to post-secondary school level. He also regularly conducts the Philharmonic Winds for outreach performances, concerts and rehearses the ensemble for guest conductors.
Prior to being a full-time band director, Adrian Chiang was the Orchestra Manager of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. His love for conducting was however born through the years and developed over the course of various professional conducting studies with respected figures in the world band scene, such as Professors Allan McMurray, Eugene Corporon and Dennis Fischer at the University of North Texas Symphonic Winds, Dr Christopher Hughes at the New Mexico State University Wind Ensemble, and Dr Hardy Mertens, Conducting Lecturer at the Tilburg Conservatory. Closer to home, he has enjoyed the tutelage of MasteroBunditUngransee, Laureate and Winner of the Maazel-Vilar International Conductors’ Competition, at Thailand’s Kasetsart University Symphony Orchestra, and Dr John Boyd, Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore Yong SiewToh Conservatory of Music.
Adrian Chiang has also been invited as wind ensemble adjudicator and clinician for various oversea music festivals.
|Alfred Reed (1921 - 2005)||A Festive Overture|
|Kelly Tang (*1961)||Sarabande|
|Jan Van Der Roost (*1956)||Spartacus: Symphonic Tone Poem|
Additional Concerts Program
|Johann Strauss II (1825 - 1899), Arr.: Eiji Suzuki||Die Fledermaus|
|Carl Teike (1864 - 1922)||Alter Kameradenmarsch|
|Ong Jiin Joo (Arranger)||Home|
|Simon Yau||Charming Asia|
|Jan Van Der Roost (1956)||Spartacus: Symphonic Tone Poem|
|Ong Jiin Joo (Arranger)||Adele 21|