Alumni make noteworthy contributions to this Chinese orchestra

Who are the MVPs of Jurong Secondary School’s Chinese Orchestra? The alumni of class, say the gamers, who get the additional instruction they require from their seniors. Their coaching and ethical assistance came in useful at the latest Singapore Youth Competition (SYF) Arts Presentation.

By Owen Tan

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Jurong Secondary University alumni (entrance row, from still left) Sherylyn, Shee Qii, Wen Wee and Jia Ying and the juniors whom they coach. 

In Jurong Secondary School’s Chinese Orchestra, alumni who have graduated proceed to participate in vital roles in the CCA.

When learners were planning for the Singapore Youth Competition (SYF) Arts Presentation (AP) this 12 months, past college students  like Sherylyn Lim, Pua Shee Qii, Oh Wen Wee and Ng Jia Ying would return commonly to aid their juniors on their journey.

“Our alumni have a potent bond with their juniors,” says Mr Koo Chee Kiong, instructor-in-cost of the orchestra.

There are 72 learners practising two times a week in the whole Chinese orchestra. As it is hard for the orchestra conductor to get the job done with every single college student performer all the time, the alumni action in. Lots of of them are as young as 17 a long time previous and not long ago graduated, although some others have still left several years ago but continue on to return to assistance.

“They coach their juniors, and offer individualised help for the instruments they specialise in,” says Mr Koo. “As they invest more time alongside one another and the bonds grow, the youthful students also turn to the more mature kinds on how to deal with friendships and difficulties in school”.

The juniors were being elated to understand that people identical seniors had been rooting for them in individual and online for the duration of the current AP. 

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The orchestra rehearses collectively as the alumni pay attention in so that they can give constructive opinions. 

“Most of us alumni tuned in to their AP livestream to observe them carry out. Some of us also went down to the reside venues to capture them in action,” says Shee Qii.

“We were being bursting with delight at how much they have arrive,” provides Sherylyn. “From scarcely getting able to hold their devices the right way at the start out of  Sec 1 to participating in their parts as an orchestra so masterfully, it gave us a heat fuzzy experience.”  

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Jia Ying in white, coaching her dizi juniors.

For Jia Ying, returning to faculty to support at her ex-CCA is like a spouse and children reunion.

“I see myself as the significant sister or even mom to my juniors,” states Ng Jia Ying, who assists to mentor the dizi (Chinese flute) gamers. “I typically share my particular activities about JC existence or even how I regulate interactions, so they can make improved conclusions,” she claims.

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Sec 4 pupil and cello participant Jerell Neo (still left) with his senior and mentor Wen Wee.

For Sec 4 student Jerell Neo (remaining), his senior Wen Wee’s suggestions to prevent over-imagining, and to prioritise relaxation, designed an impact on him.

“I was fixated on having every be aware ideal right until I was around-practising,” states Jerell, who performs the cello (and yes, there are cellos in a Chinese orchestra). “Wen Wee proposed that I plan far more breaks to relaxation and take my thoughts off the instrument. I was capable to prevent burnout simply because of this.” 

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Sec 4 college student and scholar conductor Kai Ning (centre), with her orchestra mates who participate in the erhu. 

“We had been practising for our SYF AP efficiency for a several months and were beginning to lose steam,” states pupil conductor Ng Kai Ning. “When our seniors came back again for our rehearsals, they provided refreshing pairs of ears for our music and determined us to aim not just on the notes but to appreciate the musicality of the items.”  

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Sec 4 university student & part leader, Foo Siew Hoon, demonstrating to her peers and juniors how to participate in a part of the audio piece. 

The value of giving back to their juniors has also caught on with the present batch of Sec 4 students. When Foo Siew Hoon first joined the orchestra in Sec 1, her seniors have been incredibly supportive and welcoming.

“It is this bond that I knowledgeable right before that encouraged me to be thoughtful and knowing when I am coaching my friends and juniors,” she says. “Being an encouraging senior seriously goes a extended way.”

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