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About the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music

Inspirational, life-affirming music-making is at the heart of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore. Based in one of the world’s most dynamic countries, the Conservatory is uniquely placed to offer a distinct and powerful contemporary Asian voice.

Founded in 2003, YST quickly established a reputation as Asia’s most exciting international conservatory by bringing together a world-class faculty and facility to develop excellence in instrumental performance and composition. Building on this strong foundation, the Conservatory has evolved over the past decade to become one of the world’s most distinctive music schools, diversifying its offerings and continually seeking to connect authentically with its surrounding community. Specializations added include Voice, Audio Arts & Sciences, Conducting, Music & Society and Music, Collaboration & Production. Alongside students from Singapore, the Conservatory community is internationally diverse, with representation from over 20 countries and five continents.

Keenly focused on nurturing identity as a driver for excellence, YST’s Bachelor of Music programme offers full financial support to all its undergraduate students, enabled by major gifts from the Yong Loo Lin Trust. The Conservatory’s continuum of offerings further includes the Master of Music and Master of Music Leadership degrees, NUS-facing Second Majors, Minor and Modules, Continuing Education & Training Courses for Adult Learners, and a Young Artist programme. We host a vibrant performance calendar with around 200 concerts annually, featuring students from the faculty alongside international artists and ensembles. Our community engagement and professional integration program has extensive local, regional and global reach. Students are supported to find their own artistic pathways through exchanges, festivals, competitions, and projects. More broadly, our international networks and partnerships further enhance the educational experience and ensure our continued evolution.