Classical Voice

 

Ho Chi Mei

Chi Mei obtained her first degree in voice under the tutelage of Ian Lim from University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. She then studied with soprano Catherine Benson while pursuing her Master of Music in Birmingham Conservatoire, United Kingdom, and graduated with a distinction. Chi Mei had also worked with notable vocal coaches namely Robin Bowman, Jane Robinson, Helen Yorke, Stephen Barlow, Julian Pike and Simon Nicholls.

Chi Mei has featured as a soloist in various concerts in Malaysia and the UK. She was highly commended in the Mario Lanza Opera Prize 2010 and a finalist in Ashleyan Opera Prize 2010 in Birmingham. She is also an Award Winner for obtaining the Fellowship of Trinity College London (FTCL) for Singing in 2010.

Also an adept chorister, Chi Mei is the first Malaysian soprano selected to join the prestigious World Youth Choir and World Chamber Choir, both projects by the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM), which she had performed with in South Africa, Namibia, Macao, China, Sweden and in the 2008 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony in Hong Kong. Her most recent engagement with the World Youth Choir was performing at the exclusive Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony 2011 in Norway, which was broadcasted live worldwide. Notable conductors that Chi Mei has worked with include Peter Djikstra, Sidumo Jacobs, Steve Zegree, Hak-Won Yoon, Fred Sjoberg, Nikolaj Znaider and Grete Pedersen. Currently, Chi Mei is a member of a professional choral ensemble, Dithyrambic Singers, and lectures in UCSI University and SEGi College.

 

Janet Kan

Janet Kan's passion is music education and the joy that comes from teaching the future generations to come. Janet holds a Master's Degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama where she studied with Catherine Harper.

In 2007 she was accepted onto a Bachelor of Education (TESL) at the University of Malaysia, Sabah (UMS). She obtained the ATCL Diploma with a merit and a distinction in Grade 8 from ABRSM in 2003.

During her studies she has also participated in master classes with tenor Lim Shieh-Yih in Singapore, Rachelle Gerodias from New York, James Gilchrist, Patricia McMahon and Elin Manahan Thomas in Cardiff. Janet has participated in many singing competitions and gained many prizes at national level in Malaysia.

Janet was also a finalist in the Côr Meibion Pontypridd Prize, 2009. She involved in opera L’Enfant et Les Sortileges, The Fairy Queen and Suor Angelica with the RWCMD Symphony Orchestra. Janet has an experience in vocal training and giving solo performances as well as opera production.

 

Khoo Wu Ji

Born in Pokok Sena Kedah, Wu Ji Khoo graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Hons.), majoring in classical voice and piano from UCSI University. He obtained his DipLCM in 2010. In 2011, Wu Ji obtained his ATCL Certificate from the Trinity Guildhall Examination Board in Voice Recital. He has been awarded Gold Prize in Chin Yong Youth Vocal Competition 2016, and he was one of the finalists of Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concours 2014 held in Taiwan.

Often selected to join the International Opera Workshop ‘Promusica’ in Penang, and ‘The Winter Journey’ in Thailand; he studied with Soprano - Loh Siew Tuan, Pianist - Hein Boterberg and Director - Benoit de Leersnyder. He’s attended the masterclasses of internationally well known pianist - Graham Johnson, and American Tenor - Dr. Nicholas Perna.

 

 

 

Thompson Yunga

Thompson Yunga was born in Limbang, Sarawak and raised in Labuan since and has been actively participating in musical activities since primary school.

Thompson pursued his studies by taking Diploma in Music in University Technology MARA and then proceeded to take a Bachelor Degree in Music Performance majoring in Vocie under the tutelage of Ms. Syafinaz Selamat.

Thompson has participated in Opera Plus, an International Workshop and Master Class for Voice Training, Opera and Piano Accompaniment in University Malaya, he is also a member of the internal award winning UiTM Chamber Choir, taking seven golds in several international choir competitions at the Bali International Choir Festival at Bali, Indonesia and the Praga Cantat at Prague, Czech Republic.

Thompson was chosen as one of Malaysia’s representative to join the Asian Youth Choir held in Seoul, Korea in 2014 and in 2015, he once again chosen to represent Malaysia in the Philippines for the One Asia Cultural Ambassador program, a program that promotes music education among children especially in rural areas.

Thompson wants not only to entertain but also educate society with music and how important music is enhancing the well-being of the individual no matter what age or ability.

 



Contemporary Voice


 

Carolyn Boudville

Carolyn is a voice and choir enthusiast to a dedicated music educator and a nightingale performer whose style and interest gives a broader picture of her musical personality to the jazz/pop and musicals tradition. At only 18, she began her formal voice training, and thereafter music was her number one priority.

Carolyn received her Bachelor of Music with Honours Degree from the University of Wolverhampton in Contemporary Music, majoring in Voice. Her experiences hails from performing with numerous choirs in Malaysia and in the UK. She too has performed for gigs and other musical stage performances with commendable achievements. She is currently singing with The Vochale Project (an all girl A Capella group)

In addition to her teaching experience as voice coach (individual/ groups) at Bentley Music Academy, Carolyn also freelances as piano/keyboard accompanist and coach within the Klang Valley. Her students range from young children to young adults. Most of her students has completed and passed with remarkable awards from both ABRSM and Trinity School of Rock. She's always helping to encourage students to perform for better singing confidence skills.

Carolyn is a part of the all women accapella ensemble - The Vochale Project and has performed in many concerts with them. She is one of the conductors of the BMA Youth Chamber Choir at Bentley music academy.

"Singing is a dedication, a commitment and a whole lot of patience needs to be put into it if one takes full passion of it."

 

Joshua Gui

Joshua began his formal voice training at the age of 15. In 2007 he was offered a scholarship to study voice at the Australia International Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, Australia, and recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the end of 2010.

He was under the tutelage of Patricia Johnston (Jack’s mother in the Australian Premier of ‘Into The Woods’) throughout his study in Australia and also completed the Level One and Two Estill Voice course which allowed him to gain a deeper understanding of the anatomy and biomechanics of vocal production. With some background in dance, he also incorporates movement into singing. His musical credits include: Amateur production of ‘Sound of Music’ as ensemble, 2008 (Artes Christi Performing Arts, Sydney), amateur production of ‘CHESS the Musical’ as ensemble, 2009 (Ashfield Musical Society, Sydney), ‘Dreamgirls’ as Wayne and ensemble, 2011(Broadway Academy, KL), ‘In Perfect Harmony’ as ensemble, 2011 (Dama Orchestra, KL) and ‘Broadway Bites’ as a backup vocalist, 2012 (A Farah Sulaiman production).

 

Zeela Zaharudin - Contemporary Vocal and Piano

Zeela obtained her Bachelor Degree in Music and Popular Music from the University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom in 2006 under the tutelage of Prof. Darren Sproston (Composition), Mr Stuart Trotman (Keys) and Miss Karen Radcliffe (Voice). She also holds a Diploma in Music (Performance) from Yamaha Academy of Arts and Music and a certificate in Music Pedagogy from Rock School.

With the experience of teaching professionally for almost 10 years, Zeela has developed a resourceful, imaginative approach to inspire her students' interest towards music and performing.

A passionate performer as well as teacher, she has sung and played in numerous bands from rock to jazz to pop to even classical in both the UK and Malaysia. She is currently a freelance session musician, a keyboardist in a progressive band - Paid in Fiction, and in a couple of work-in-progress bands whilst working on her own upcoming solo EP.

 

 

Beh Kah Peh - Piano and Classical Vocal

With a Bachelor of Music degree from Monash University, Melbourne, majoring in Piano Performance and Musicology, Kah Peh returned to Malaysia to undertake a position with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) as part of their education team, 'ENCOUNTER' and remained there until 2007, whereupon she founded her own music consultancy and freelanced as a performer and teacher.

Whilst in Australia, Kah Peh studied with Professor Max Cooke, Darryl Coote, Robert Chamberlaine, Joan Earle and Susan Lai. With a minor in voice performance, Kah Peh developed a genuine interest in Music Education and Pedagogy.

Kah Peh's work with the MPO involved the initiation of numerous projects including the Instrumental Lessons Programme; the Junior Violin Course; The Apprenticeship Programme, and helped create various chamber ensembles, notably the Sartori Quartet and the High Winds Ensemble and presenting workshops with the Philadelphia Orchestra and violinist, Vadim Repin; trumpeter, Hakan Hardenberger, The Mingus Big Band, Count Basie Orchestra and Rhythm in Bronze, to name but a few.

Kah Peh is highly regarded as a recitalist and collaborative pianist, performing in numerous concerts at the Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS as well as the Monash's Robert Blackwood Hall and the Melba Hall at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

 

Krutika Muralidharan

Krutika Muralidharan received a Foundation Certificate in Music and a Certificate in Higher Education in Music in Voice Performance from Middlesex University, UK through KM Music Conservatory in Chennai; under the leadership of world renowned musician and Oscar winning composer Dr. A.R Rahman. She was awarded the overall 'Best Student' for the year 2011-2012.

She has recently obtained a Diploma in Performance (Vocals) from Rockschool, London with distinction. Previously, she had completed her Grade 8 in Vocals from Rockschool with merit. In addition, she completed her Grade 5 in Musical Theatre from Trinity College, London.

Krutika has been singing professionally, performing on stage as a back-up vocalist in many concerts, and recorded with India’s biggest band ‘Euphoria’ since the age of 17. As choral singer, she sings low soprano, as well as alto. She has been a part of ‘Artistes Unlimited’, an independent youth forum for the promotion of performing arts in New Delhi and KM Music Conservatory’s Chamber Choir. One of her noteworthy strengths is her aural training and ability to sing harmonies to a melody.

Krutika is experienced and well versed with the Rockschool vocal syllabus and has prepared a large number of students for exams as well as for performances in BMA's term-end and year-end concerts. Striving to inculcate discipline, dedication and enthusiasm in her students, Krutika encourages her students to accompany themselves on guitar or keyboard.. Many of her students who wished to take singing up as a hobby have successfully participated in various music competitions.

Krutika is a part of the all women a cappella ensemble, ‘The Vochale Project’ and has performed in many concerts with them. She is also one of the conductors of the BMA Youth Chamber Choir at Bentley Music Academy.

 

Ernie Zakri

Ernie Zakri is a Malaysian artist/singer with her own record album along collaborated works with established composers and producers in Malaysian music industry. She was the champion of Bintang RTM 2009, an established singing competition since 1974, a competition that became the platform for many great singers in the music industry; namely Dato'Jamal Abdillah and Dato' Siti Nurhaliza.

In 2015 Ernie was invited to present a solo performance in Istanbul ABU Song Festival. It was very warmly received with great applaud. She graduated from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) with a degree in Music Performance and is currently pursuing her BA in Performing Arts (Music).

She is an opera lover, and she took classical vocal lessons with Miss Syafinaz Selamat, a renown classical singer born in Malaysia. Versatility is a rare commodity for singers, and Ernie is the rare blessed exceptional few as she is also a very talented contemporary singer.

Ernie Zakri takes pride and pleasure to share her expertise with students, and to groom them to be prepared for the real music scene with her rich experiences.

Joycelin

Born and raised in Melaka, Joycelin started her vocal lessons at the age of 10 and quickly went on to participate in numerous local Melaka state mandarin karaoke singing competition. She won her first award from ARTSPACE Studio 5th Annual Singing Competition as 1st- runner up in the year 2006.

As a highschool student in 2009, Joycelin was first invited to perform at the St. David’s High School 50th Anniversary dinner at the stage of Seri Negeri Melaka. She was seen performing with the UCSI University Concert Choir at the UCSI University 25th Convocation Ceremony later in 2012. In the same year, Joycelin also joined the UCSI University Concert Choir to compete at the 11th China International Chorus Festivals & IFCM World Choral Summit and won Gold Award for Adult Mixed Category. 2 years later in 2014, Joycelin had her first debut as a choir soloist and performed at the UCSI University Concert Choir concert.

Joycelin was chosen by UCSI University Institute of Music to have a one-on-one masterclass session with Juwita Suwito in the year 2014. She was also selected to be performed at the UCSI University “Once Upon a Toon” concert in the same year. In the year next, 2015, Joycelin was seen together with the UCSI University Concert Choir singing with the MPO Orchestra on Gustav MAHLER SYMPHONY No. 2 under the baton of Maestro Benjamin Zander.

After finishing her studies in UCSI University, Bachelor of Contemporary Music (Hons) , Joycelin is now currently teaching vocal lesson with the demand of genres from Mandarin Pop, Canto Pop to English Pop, Jazz, and also Korean Pop in BMA.