A message from Jonathan Velasco

Thank you, Sir JoJo, for this lovely message. It has been an honour and a treat to have you here with us, and we can’t wait to see you again!

Dear SYCES and Jennifer,

It has been 24 hours since our concert last night. I didn’t even have time for sepanx (separation anxiety) because everything was a whirlwind after the concert ended. By the time I was able to catch my breath, I already found myself here in my next hotel in Manila. It feels so weird to be booked in a hotel in your home city hahaha!

And so it is only now that I am able to express my thanks to you all, for the wonderful music making that we all did. I leave you for now, with a smile on my face, full of artistic satisfaction in the instrument that is the SYCES. I hope you are happy with what we did, as I am.

Ate Jen, thank you for inviting me to conduct your baby. You have honed it into a fantastic group of like-minded individuals with a passion for excellence. Thank you for your hospitality and kindness. In you and Albert, shine the best example of true Singaporean hospitality. I am so glad to be counted among your friends.

And so, onward towards the Christmas season! Remember our songs, and its messages of hope, of meaning, of celebration. Luwalhati sa Diyos sa kaitaasan, at sa lupa’y kapayapaan sa mga taong kinalulugdan Nya!

PAGDIRIWANG – A choral atelier with Jonathan Velasco


Young Musicians’ Society presents
a choral atelier with Jonathan Velasco (Philippines)

Bringing together singers of different ages, professions and musical backgrounds, the atelier platform seeks to provide the singing public with the opportunity to explore choral music from around the world with our guest conductors.

This December, join Filipino choral conductor, Jonathan Velasco, in a celebration of the holiday season in our second atelier to date. Together with fellow choral enthusiasts, explore seasonal and Advent music in the week-long atelier (5 – 11 Dec), which culminates in a concert performance at the Esplanade Concert Hall.

Singers must be able to read music and have at least 3 years’ experience singing in a choir.  As the atelier can only accommodate a maximum of 48 singers in a balanced number of voice parts, you may be asked to audition.

Application closes 31 October 2013.

Download the brochure and application form here, or email us at atelier@yms.org.sg for more information.

Atelier Sessions

Thu         5 Dec 2013       2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Fri           6 Dec 2013       9:30 am – 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sat          7 Dec 2013       9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Sun         8 Dec 2013       Evening dress rehearsal (Esplanade Concert Hall)
Mon        9 Dec 2013       2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wed       11 Dec 2013      Atelier performance

Fee: $120 (inclusive of scores)

Atelier Performance (as a concert segment)
PAGDIRIWANG A celebration of the holiday season
With Jonathan Velasco, Jennifer Tham and the SYC Ensemble Singers

Date: 11 December 2013
Venue: Esplanade Concert Hall