The 2018 Singapore Saxophone Symposium takes place this weekend from August 10 to 12 at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA).

Helmed by artistic director Dr Zechariah Goh Toh Chai, who is also Head of Composition Studies and Senior Lecturer at the school, this year’s symposium will feature concerts and masterclasses by international and local artists, and ensembles.

Michellina Chan (Singapore)
Michael Duke (Australia)
Kyle Horch (United Kingdom)
Joseph Lallo (Australia)
Chien-Kwan Lin (Singapore/United States)
Alfonso Padilla (Spain)
Mary Osborn (Australia)
Kenny Tsai (Taiwan/United States)
Calvin Wong (Hong Kong/United States)


Keuris Quartet
NAFA Saxophone Quartet
Opus a la Carte Collective
Salaya Saxophone Ensemble
TNUA Saxophone Quartet
Xin Saxophone Quartet

Composition Workshop

A key part of the symposium is the composition workshop which aims to guide composers to write idiomatically and skillfully for the saxophone.

Participants will receive consultation from saxophonists of the Keuris Quartet (1st Prize Winner of the 1st Strasbourg International Saxophone Quartet Competition 2015) and be entitled to two individual one hour lessons with either Dr Goh himself, ChihChun Chi-sun Lee (Taiwan/USA/Korea) or Michael Sidney Timpson (USA/Korea).

The workshop will culminate in a reading session by members of the Keuris Quartet and is limited to 5 participants only.


All-day pass: $150
One-day pass: $100
Gala concert: $15
Individual concerts / masterclass observations: $15

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Special discounted rate of $30 for all-day pass: students from primary / secondary schools, junior colleges, polytechnics, SOTA or NAFA, as well as full-time national servicemen (NSFs), under the age of 25.

Composition workshop: $500 (inclusive of all-day symposium pass)
Active participant for masterclass by Joseph Lallo / Chien-Kwan Lin / Alfonso Padilla / Kenny Tsai: $120 (limited to 3 participants per masterclass)

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