Choral Masterclass by Ms. Khoo Hooi Lay

Date: 26 June 2015, Friday

Time: 1030am-1230pm

Venue: Recital Hall, 3rd floor, Block C, South wing campus


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*Women’s choir of the Institute of Music (IMus) will be participating in this masterclass, conducted by Mr. Terrence Ling.*

posterKhoo Hooi Lay is an accomplished musician with a great passion for music. Under the guidance of Madam Tung Gak Hong, she completed her basic training in Voice with an Award of Distinction by The Associated Board of the Royal School of Music in 1983. In the following year, she received the Associate Diploma in Pianoforte from the Trinity College of Music, London under the guidance of Mr. Joe Emuang.

She was then admitted to the School of Music at the South Australian College of Advanced Education, where she majored in Music (Performance) undertaking a Major Study in Voice. In Adelaide, she was awarded the South Australian Government Vocal Scholarship in 1988 and the Pro Musica Award in 1989 (an annual award to the most outstanding Bachelor of Music student).

She then chose to further her musical training in Germany where she majored in Voice and Pianoforte at the Detmold Musikhochschule. From 1993 to 1996, she participated in Lectures and Master Classes conducted by Maestro Sergiu Celibidache in Munich and Paris, and in Chamber Music and Conducting Master Classes conducted by Konrad von Abbe in Germany and France. In year 2000, she went back to France and Germany for advanced conducting and vocal training.

Her achievements in performance have been equally excellent. She won first prize for three consecutive years in the Malaysian Classical Singing Competitions as well as numerous prizes and awards in several singing competitions in Asia and Australia.

Professionally, she has participated in the productions of Madame Butterfly, The Czardas Princess and The Fiery Angel as well as portraying the role of Berta in Barossa, Papagena in The Magic Flute, Berta in The Barber of Seville, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel and Flora in La Traviata. She also frequently performed as a soloist in Australia and Germany.

After her return from Germany at the end of 1998, other than teaching the state choir, she was teaching shortly at the music department of University Sains Malaysia. She has been travelling with PESSOC to perform in Adelaide, South Australia; Kuching, Sarawak and Kuala Lumpur. In 2002, the state choir under her direction has been invited to perform in Japan. In 2006, had traveled with her to the 4th World Choir Games at Xiamen, China.

In 2002, she attended the 6th World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM) at Minneapolis, USA and subsequently the 7th WSCM at Kyoto, Japan in 2005. In 2014, she attended the 10th WSCM at Seoul, Korea.

In 2008, she was invited by DAMA Orchestra to perform in their Dama Vocal Festival 2008 – Festival Concerts Series.

In 2009, she was invited to be the vocal coach for a contemporary opera, Conference of the bird,
Music by Johan Othman, Libretto by William Radice.

In 2010, she formed the Messengers Choir which objective is to perform sacred music. This choir had since been invited by Georgetown Festival, Penang Tourism Board, Shangrila Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Golden Sand Resort and Straits Quay to perform. In 2013, the Messengers Choir collaborated with YinQi Orchestra and Choir from Kuala Lumpur to perform Glorious Night of Hymns.

In 2011, she trained a newly formed Synergy Choir and travelled with them to Geneva, Switzerland, for a cultural exchange programe with International School of Geneva. They also participated in competition organized by Festival of Songs, 39th International Choir Festival in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Synergy received a silver medal in the competition. Other than competition, they were invited to perform at Festival Antonína Tučapského, Vyškov.

In 2014, Penang Chinese Girls High School Choir under the coaching of Khoo Hoi Lay was invited to be the guest choir in the Voices Of Asia International Choral Festival.

Other than choral activities, she has been invited several times to be the judge in the Malaysian National Classical Solo Singing Competition and Singporean National Classical Solo Singing Competition.

As the musician and educator, she has a keen agenda in motivating both aspiring and accomplished musicians alike, in uplifting music as a whole in Penang and in establishing a strong musical culture in our community.


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