Chong Wai Lun
Malaysian born Chong Wai Lun self-taught his way to a full scholarship at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Singapore, majoring in trumpet performance. In 2005 he joined the SYC Ensemble Singers - a pioneer community choir championing the cause of contemporary and newly commissioned choral works – and found his passion for choral music. From 2005 to 2013, he served as the assistant to conductor Jennifer Tham, and had the opportunity to prepare the choir for and work with guest conductors such as Vytautas Miškinis, Ko Matsushita and Corrado Margutti. As an active chorister himself, Wai Lun also represented Singapore in the inaugural sessions of Asia Pacific Youth Choir held by International Federation of Choral Music (IFCM) in Macau (2011) and Beijing (2012), led by conductors Saeko Hasegawa, Jonathan Velasco and Hak Won Yoon.
Wai Lun obtained his Master's Degree in Kodály Music Pedagogy at the Kodály Institute of Liszt Academy of Music, where he studied music pedagogy under its director, Dr László Nemes, choral conducting under Peter Erdei and sang with the award-winning Ars Nova Vocal Ensemble conducted by Katalin Kiss. His pursuit of musical excellence also took him to international masterclasses such as studying with Bo Johansson at the 8th World Symposium on Choral Music in Copenhagen, and with Volker Hempfling at the 11th Chamber Choir Competition in Marktoberdorf. In the summer of 2014, Wai Lun was one of the few masterclass students of Simon Halsey and Grete Pedersen chosen to conduct the Berlin Radio Choir.
In 2015, Wai Lun completed his Master's Degree in choral conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. Besides assisting Neil Ferris in conducting the RWCMD Chamber Choir, he is also an active member of BBC National Chorus of Wales under the direction of Adrian Partington.
"Chong Wai Lun returns to the International Festival Chorus as Music Director, after completing his Master's Degree in choral conducting."