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Organ Academy Singapore 2019 - Latest Updates

Posted on 6 Jun

Registration closed. Thank you for the interest.

Posted on 2 Jun

Participants - please note the slight changes in schedules. Click Here

Posted on 28 May

Updated Detailed Schedules with Venues

Posted on 15 May

Registration Deadline Extended to 31 May!

Posted on 12 May

Concert by Dr Magaret Chen. 12 Jun, 9:30am at Steven Baxter Studio
Concert by Dr Evelyn Lim, Vivien Goh and Chong Ten Yeen. 13 Jun, 9:30am at PSPC
Concert by Phoon Yu. 14 Jun, 12:30pm at St Andrew's Cathedral
All are welcome!

Posted on 09 May

Choral Evensong 14 Jun, 7:30pm at St Andrew's Cathedral - All are welcome!

Posted on 08 May

Opening Concert on 11 Jun, 8:15pm at Cathedral of the Good Shepherd - Members of public are welcome!

Posted on 29 Apr

Two Organ Workshops by Tom Bell and Kid's Workshop
Workshop by Tom Bell - Accompanying Worship Songs for the Organ. Open for public registration!
Workshop by Tom Bell - Adapting Piano Accompaniments to the Organ. Open for public registration!
Meet the King Of Instruments - Kids' Organ Workshop. Open for public registration!


Calling all young keyboard musicians! Ever yearned to come near the pipe organs to experience its magnitude and grandeur? Come see, feel, hear and learn to play this instrument. With a great line up of artists and organ clinicians, you won't want to miss this very rare and exciting opportunity then!

Organ Academy Singapore
is a 6-day discovery programme for young people of ages 12-25 to learn about the pipe organ

Participants of all levels are welcome to apply
  • Preferably if you have ABRSM Grade 5 in Piano or its equivalent

  • What’s included.
  • Teaching by faculty from Singapore and the UK
  • Lessons in small groups
  • Organ practice time
  • Workshops on a variety of topics
  • Organ recitals by faculty and guests
  • Access to pipe organs in Singapore
  • Student Platform concert
  • Highlights
  • Opening Concert : (evening of June 11th)
  • The Story of Babar concert with Tom Bell : (June 15th 4pm Victoria Concert Hall)
  • VCH Klais Organ Crawl
  • Student Platform Concert: (Sunday June 16th Victoria Concert hall)

  • VCH


    More About OAS


    11(Tue)-16(Sun) Jun 2019

    Our Guest

    Tom Bell
    Guest Clinician/Recitalist

    Tom Bell's playing has been described as "invigorating" (Sunday Times) and "brilliant" (American Record Guide). He has performed and taught across Europe, in Australia and the USA and his recordings have been broadcast and have won praise across the world. Tom has gained a reputation as an innovator, collaborating in recent years with poets, dancers, visual artists and folk musicians. He has pioneered the combination of organ and beatbox. Tom has premiered many new works including chorale preludes for the Orgelbüchlein Project and a cantata by Divine Comedy frontman Neil Hannon, commissioned for the reopening of the epoch-making Royal Festival Hall organ in London in 2014 and broadcast live on Radio 3. Tom is Artistic Director of the London Organ Day, practices as an independent organ adviser, and works for the Royal College of Organists as Director, RCO North. He was taught by Kevin Bowyer (Manchester, RNCM), Jacques van Oortmerssen (Amsterdam) and Ann Elise Smoot (London).

    Our Presenters and Facilitators (Singapore)

    Dr Evelyn Lim

    Evelyn Lim is Director of Music and Organ instructor at the Methodist School of Music. She also serves as an adjunct instructor at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and Singapore Bible College. She is also Pipe Organ Master at the Esplanade Theatres by the Bay. She is the founding and current Dean of the Singapore Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. She keeps a busy schedule of teaching, performing with musicians and ensembles within the community, as well as organising educational events. Evelyn graduated from The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, USA) with the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ, the Master of Music degree in organ, and the Bachelor of music degrees in organ and Piano (summa cum laude) from the University of Houston, Texas, USA
    Dr Margaret Co Chen

    Margaret Co Chen is an Organist, Organ-Consultant and Lecturer in Music History and Liturgy. She received her training at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, where she earned a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and a Doctor of Music degree, all with highest distinction. At Indiana, she held the John Edwards Fellowship, which was awarded to the most outstanding doctoral student every year. Margaret has played in many concert halls and churches in Asia, the US and Europe, including Suntory Hall, Tokyo; and Overture Center, Madison, WI. She was organ consultant for the Victoria Concert Hall, The Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore; Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, Kuala Lumpur; and other concert halls in Asia and the US. Margaret now curates an organ series for the restored Victoria Concert Hall.
    Ms Ng Chet Wei

    Ng Chet Wei works full-time at the Methodist School of Music, combining finance and admin roles with over ten years of teaching organ. She studied under Dr Evelyn Lim, graduating from Singapore Bible College with a Master of Church Music degree in Music Ministry (Organ) as well as a Diploma in Music Performance. In addition, she has attended a workshop on teaching organ to beginners, conducted by Wayne Leupold, and participated in organ masterclasses in Haarlem and Leipzig. She serves regularly as an organist at Paya Lebar Methodist Church and Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church.
    Mr Phoon Yu

    Phoon Yu is an organist and composer currently studying at The Juilliard School as a doctoral candidate. Previously, he did his Masters of Music in Organ Performance at the Peabody Institute and his Bachelors of Music in Composition at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. He has performed in Singapore, the United States, and the Netherlands, with performances at the Victoria Concert Hall. His compositions and arrangements have also been premiered in Singapore, the United States, and China as well. For his achievements, Phoon was awarded the Bruce R. Eicher Prize in Peabody Institute on completion of his degree.
    Mr Isaac Lee
    Project Coordinator/Instructor

    Isaac Lee is currently teaching organ at the Methodist School of Music. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and The Royal Danish Academy of Music. He most recently completed a fellowship at Roskilde Cathedral, Denmark. Recent highlights include going on tour with the Singapore National Youth Orchestra and a solo recital at Victoria Concert Hall. He enjoys working with young artists and hopes to nurture appreciation of arts amongst youths. Isaac was one of the youngest participants during POE+ held in year 2005.
    Ms Angela Lim

    Angela graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) with a Bachelor's degree (Honours) and also holds a Diploma in Music Performance (Distinction). Her teachers include former NAFA head of keyboard studies, Mrs Rena Phua, and pipe organ master, Dr. Evelyn Lim. Angela accompanies choirs and solo instrumentalists for recitals and examinations, and also conducts the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd evening choirs. With more than ten years' experience in music pedagogy, Angela now teaches piano, organ, and theory at the Coronation Music School and the Methodist School of Music. Her students range from three-year-olds to adults. Angela was also one of the young participants of POE+ 2005.
    Mr Adriel Yap

    Adriel Yap was born in Singapore and has degrees in Geography and Engineering. He was awarded the Colleague of the Royal College of Organists diploma in 2012. Since 2005, Adriel has worked as an organ builder with Harrison & Harrison of Durham, England. He has worked on significant organs including those of Westminster Abbey, the Royal Festival Hall, King’s College Cambridge and Canterbury Cathedral. In 2015, he overhauled the J W Walker pipe organ in the Freemasons Hall in Singapore. He is a founding member of the Singapore Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and its first Programme Director. He also served as the director of POE+ 2005.
    Mr Robert Navaratnam

    Robert Navaratnam has an extensive career as organist, organ builder and organ consultant. As Singapore’s first licensed organ builder, Robert was for many decades the only organ builder in Singapore. Robert received a scholarship to study pipe organ building in Hannover, Germany. He also studied Catholic music and liturgy. Upon returning to Singapore, Robert was appointed resident organist at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd. Robert has been involved in the installation, restoration and maintenance of many pipe organs locally and in the region, including the organs at the Victoria Concert Hall, Esplanade Concert Hall, and Petronas Twin Towers. Robert currently serves as organist at Orchard Road Presbyterian Church, Queenstown Lutheran Church and the Tamil Methodist Church.

    Ms Joanna Paul

    Joanna Paul is a singer, vocal coach and organist. As organist she has performed with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Music Makers’ Orchestra, Vocal Associates, Metropolitan Festival Orchestra among others. She teaches singing part-time at LaSalle School of the Arts and Dulwich College, trains a children’s choir, Christus Cantores, and serves as organist and choir director at St George’s (Anglican) church. She also sings regularly at the British High Commissioner's residence for the Queen's Birthday celebrations. She has concertized in various cities in Europe and the UK.
    Program Outline
  • Opening Recital - On the first evening, you'll be invited to listen to the recently-restored Bevington/Diego Cera organ at Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.
  • Day-Camp structure. Most programs will be scheduled for day time,
  • Daily recitals - Students will attend short recitals on each morning followed by workshops.
  • Organ crawls - one will get an exclusive tour of the inside of the organ, which was once marvelled as the most sophisticated mechanical invention by humankind.
  • Daily lessons - students will be assigned into groups for organ lessons and practice session on most of the afternoons. Both pipe organs and digital pipe organs will be used in the lessons.
  • Students will attend an afternoon recital 'The Story of Babar' by our guest clinician Tom Bell at Victoria Concert Hall on 15 Jun. Tickets are already included in the academy fee.
  • Student Concerts - Students will be given an opportunity to perform to celebrate their achievements during the academy. Selected students will be invted to play for fellow students, faculty, friends and family at the Victoria Concert Hall on the final day of the academy
  • Fees
    AGO Members
  • Early Bird (Before 6 Apr): $220
  • Normal Rate: $250
  • Non-AGO Members
  • Early Bird (Before 6 Apr): $250
  • Normal Rate: $280
  • List of Music
    Successful applicants will be required to prepare a piece of organ music to be tutored and played during the academy. The music of choice will of level of difficulty of ABRSM Grade 5 or equivalent. You are expected to prepare the music on piano or organs prior to the academy, so one can benefit the most out of the academy. Upon notification of successful application, you will be presented with a list of music to  select from.

    Below shows the sample list of music:



    Zipoli, Domenico

    All 'Offertorio

    Bach, J.S.

    Prelude or Fugue in C Major, BWV 553
    (Choose Prelude or Fugue)
    Prelude or Fugue in F Major, BWV 556
    (Choose Prelude or Fugue)
    Prelude or Fugue in G Minor, BWV 558
    (Choose Prelude or Fugue)

    Boellman, Leon

    Hueres Mystiques, Op.29
    (Choose 1 movement)
    1. Entrée
    3. Élévation
    5. Sortie

    Guilmant, Alexandre

    Magnificat, L’Organiste Pratique, Op.41, No.2
    (Choose one verset from 1,3 or 5)

    Franck, Cesar

    L'Oganiste, Op. 41
    (Choose 2 short pieces from 1, 3, 17, 23)

    Lecture and workshop Venues
    Below lists some of the venues (but not limited to) and their respective organs that will be used for the academy.

    Victoria Concert Hall - Klais Organ
    (click thumbnail for details)

    Cathedral Of the Good Shepherd - Bevington and Sons/Diego Cera Organ
    (click thumbnail for details)

    Singapore Bible College - Laukhuff Organ
    (click thumbnail for details)

    Steven Baxter Studio - Mattieu Garnier Continuo Organ
    (click thumbnail for details)
    (Subject to change without prior notice)

    Tues 11/6
    1900-1920 Registration Cathedral of the Good Shepherd - Annex Building
    1920-2000 Opening Address and Briefing Cathedral of the Good Shepherd - Annex Building
    2015-2100 Opening Recital Cathedral of the Good Shepherd

    Wed 12/6
    0930-1000 Recital Steven Baxter Studio - YST
    1000-1030 Detailed briefing and Practical Information Steven Baxter Studio - YST
    1030-1230 Workshop 1: The Organ, Open Console Steven Baxter Studio - YST
    1230-1400 Lunch and Travel
    1400-1600 Lessons and Practice Time Various
    1600-1800 VCH Organ crawl Victoria Concert Hall
    2015-2130 Children's Organ Workshop Cathedral of the Good Shepherd

    Thurs 13/6
    0930-1000 Recital Prinsep St Presbyterian Church
    1000-1230 Workshop 2A: Repertoire Survey, Workshop 2B: Registration Prinsep St Presbyterian Church
    1230-1400 Lunch and Travel
    1400-1600 Lessons and Practice Time Various
    1600-1800 Practice at VCH Victoria Concert Hall
    1800-1945 Travel and Dinner
    1945-2130 Workshop 3: Accompanying Worship Music (Tom Bell) Barker Road Methodist Church

    Fri 14/6
    0930-1130 Workshop 4: Adapting Piano Accompaniment (Tom Bell) Cathedral of the Good Shepherd
    1130-1230 Lunch and Travel
    1230-1330 Recital St Andrew's Cathedral
    1400-1600 Lessons and Practice Time Various
    1600-1800 Practice at VCH Victoria Concert Hall
    1800-1930 Travel and own dinner
    1930-2030 Choral Evensong St Andrew's Cathedral

    Sat 15/6
    1200-1430 Pipe organ crawl Venue To Be Announced
    1430-1600 Break and Travel to VCH
    1600-1700 VCH Organ Series "The Story of Babar" by Tom Bell Victoria Concert Hall

    Sun 16/6
    1230-1500 Warm-up for Recitalists Victoria Concert Hall
    1500-1600 OAS Students' Recital Victoria Concert Hall
    1600 Closing Victoria Concert Hall
    How To Apply
  • Age: 12-25
  • Musical background: Piano Grade 5 (ABRSM or TCL) or Yamaha organ equivalent
  • Organ shoes: Although not required, students are expected to wear clean socks when seated at organ consoles.
  • Upon receipt of application, you will be informed if your application is successful. Successful applications will be presented with a survey (i.e choice of music to be played) and further instructions (i.e signed indemnity forms, payment instructions, etc..)

  • For enquires, kindly contact

    *Note: Singapore AGO reserves the rights to change or update the information provided above