Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra (SNYCO)

Recognised as a National Project of Excellence by the Ministry of Education, the Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra (SNYCO) is the home for talented young musicians. Led by Music Director Quek Ling Kiong, the SNYCO nurtures aspiring young musicians to become the future pillars of Singapore’s Chinese music community. Only the finest young musicians are selected to be a part of the SNYCO through a robust audition process.

Comprising more than 90 musicians between the ages of 11 and 26 from more than 40 schools and institutions, SNYCO musicians receive tutelage from professional musicians from the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. Participation in the SNYCO is recognised in lieu of a school-based Co-Curricular Activity (CCA).

Through an array of local and international programmes, SNYCO musicians gain invaluable experience as performing musicians. From staging sold-out concerts to holding acclaimed performances overseas, the orchestra has established itself as Singapore’s leading youth Chinese orchestra.


To establish SNYCO as the leading youth Chinese orchestra at home and internationally -
recognised for its artistic excellence and rich Singapore heritage.


To inspire, nurture and develop our youth into exemplary music advocates to serve the community.


Sincere attitude towards music making
Nurturing Resilience
Yearning for creativity
Compassion for diversity of life
Optimising full potential towards excellent performance

Overseas Exposure

We are constantly looking to expand the horizons of our young musicians. SNYCO members gain valuable experiences and enrich their musical knowledge through participation in various overseas programmes and initiatives. On the international stage, SNYCO has been invited to perform at various music festivals and events, including:

  • Tainan International Qixi Arts Festival (2006)
  • Taiwan Hsinchu Chinese Music Festival (2013)
  • ASEAN Youth Ensemble (2017)
  • China Concert Tour in Shanghai and Beijing (2017)
  • Macao International Youth Music Festival (2017)