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13th International High School Arts Festival

Reflections and thoughts from SOTA students - The 13th International High School Arts Festival in Tokyo, Japan provided a good platform for Mariel Chee, Year 6 who was selected as the winner under the Singapore Category for International Artists and Fiona Seng, Year 3 who emerged as a finalist for the same competition and category. The showcase was held on 8 July 2012 which culminated in an award ceremony.

Click here for photos of the Tokyo trip.

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4th Singapore Performers’ Festival 2012

SOTA students participated in the 4th Singapore Performers’ Festival organised by the Singapore Music Teachers Association from 18 to 22 June 2012 and won the following awards:

  1. Chamber (Cello) : Xavier Chia (Year 4) received Gold
  2. Piano 4 Hands division: Ng Jia Ning (Year 3) and Lin Xiang Ning (Year 3) clinched Gold, while Jamie Tan (Year 1) and Lim Yu Juan (Year 1) received Platinum and a $600 scholarship

Click here for the list of Platinum and Gold Award recipients.

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Cleveland Institute of Music Young Composers Program

Year 4 SOTA student Cheng Jin Koh did the school proud when she performed her composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music Young Composers Program. She was among a handful of exceptional young composers who won a place in the prestigious Young Composers Program from 17 – 23 June 2012 where this remarkable work was performed.

Click here to listen to her composition.

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International Young Virtuoso Piano Competition, Bulgaria

Year 3 students participated in the International Young Virtuoso Piano Competition in Bulgaria on 29 March 2012, where Lin Xiang Ning came in third and Ng Jia Ning received an honorable mention.

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Clancy Ryan did the school proud

SOTA student Clancy Ryan did the school proud in the Commonwealth Society Teacher's of Dancing Perth Competition in July 2012, by scoring 1st in Jazz, 2nd in Contemporary and 3rd in Classical Ballet. Kudos, Clancy!

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Two students have done SOTA proud by being accepted into prestigious international institutes.

Cheng Jin (Y4 AGP) has been accepted to the Young Composers Programme at Cleveland Institute of Music and the course will take place between 17-23 June.

The Young Composers Programme (YCP) is a one-week experience offering students aged 14-19 the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of contemporary music. YCP helps composition students learn about the field of new music while developing creative and professional skills. The programme includes private composition lessons, daily listening sessions and workshops on notating musical ideas. Preparation and performance of student compositions will be presented at a final concert.

Lin Xiangning (Y3 AGP) has also been accepted to Young Artists Piano Programme at Tanglewood for which she would attend the programme from 1-21 July.

The Young Artists Piano Programme is a high-level, intensive summer program for advanced high school age pianists. Admission to the programme is highly competitive, with a class size of 15 students per session. The programme offers young pianists private lessons, master classes, and a variety of performance opportunities. Students enhance individual development through the study of technique, style, tonal quality, and repertoire. Each year the programme attracts students from around the world, most recently including students from Israel, Brazil, Chile, China, Korea, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, and Canada.
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SOTA Student Wins First Prize in 24 Hour Playwriting Competition

Sabrina Dzulkifli (Year 3), Ernest Tjia (Year 4) and Gabrielle Virk (Year 3) bagged 3 of the 4 prizes in the Youth Category of Theatreworks' 24 Hour Playwriting competition. Sabrina won the first prize.

This is also the first time SOTA had participated in the competition.

The 24 Hour Playwriting Competition is supported by South East Community Development Council in conjunction with the National Arts Council & Gardens by the Bay.

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Land Transport Authority's DTL2 art competition

Two SOTA student Ryan Benjamin Lee Meng Kiat and Beverly Chew have won the 2nd and Merit Prize respectively for the Land Transport Authority's DTL2 art competition. Their winning art pieces will adorn the main road perimeter hoardings of the DTL3 project sites throughout the construction period. Well done, Ryan & Beverly!

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SOTA wins the Straits Times National Schools Newspaper Competition

SOTA emerged champs at the eighth annual Straits Times National Schools Newspaper Competition. The gold award and newsroom internships went to the team of Kong Yin Ying, 16, Ysanne Yeo, 15, Lloyd Koh, 16, Lee Dione, 16 and Rachel Chew, 15, who run SOTA's newsletter, The Loop. The team outdid nine other finalists in a 24-hour race to complete a four-page newspaper and bagged the subsidiary award for best writing. This is the first time SOTA had taken part in the contest.

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Child’s Play

A poem by year 5 student, Maria Chung, was selected for commendation for the Foyle Young Poet’s award 2012, a UK based but international poetry competition for young people. Only 85 commendations were selected from over 15,000 poems submitted this year.

Click here for her poem & reflections.