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Eileen Chai's accomplishments as a national athlete in Gymnastics, Track & Field and Diving included being the youngest athlete to have participated in the Southeast Asia Games at 7-years-old, a gold medalist at the Asia Pacific Diving Championship at 15-years-old, and an ex-national record holder in the 100m Hurdles at 27-years-old.
From elite sports, Eileen blossomed into an accomplished musician whose numerous accolades included performing with Tayo Irvine Hendrix (daughter of the legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix), for former President Tony Tan at The President’s Volunteerism & Philanthropy Award, and at the Opening Ceremony of the BNP Paribas Women’s Tennis. She has also performed at several prestigious events such as the Asian Television Awards, International Olympic Council Session, Commonwealth Queen’s Baton Relay, Siloso Beach Party New Year’s Eve countdown, Singapore Jazz Festival, and Singapore Youth Olympic Games.
With the dream of encouraging people from all walks of life to share their stories and pass forward their life lessons learned, Eileen published “Teach a Life, for Life” which went on to become one of the best sellers at Kinokuniya (July) and Times (September) 2014. Additionally, in collaboration with the Singapore Kindness Movement's Ground-Up Movement, Eileen formed the Strings for Kindness ensemble where young violinists play to bring cheers to the community, promote and foster a kind and gracious society.
A Master graduate of Royal Academy of Music, Shirley has been inspired by many flute and piccolo professors since, including Samuel Coles, Kate Hill and Patricia Morris, just to name a few. Prior to receive the entrance scholarship to Royal Academy of Music, Shirley was the prize winner for the Ken Smith Flute Prize 2010 before she graduated with a 1st Class Honors for Bachelor of Music (Hons) from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.
Upon her return to Singapore, Shirley has been actively involved in performances with various Arts group such as Re:Sound Chamber Orchestra, The Philharmonic Orchestra, New Opera Singapore, Asian Contemporary Ensemble, ADDO chamber orchestra, and The Asian Youth Orchestra.
Shirley will be able to offer a comprehensive instrumental teaching for Flute, including music theory and aural for the ABRSM and Trinity Exam boards.
Shirley has an ABRSM Grade 8 in Piano and 10 years of teaching experiences for both the piano and flute from age 6 onwards. In addition, she practices positive learning methods with her students and believes that diligence is more important than talent.
Rui Qing started playing the oboe at the age of 15 after joining the school band in secondary school. Her passion and interest in oboe soon led her to pursue her diploma in Music Performance under the tutelage of Mr Pan Yun at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Later, she obtained her Bachelor of Music from the the RCM-NAFA degree program and most recently, she obtained her Master degree from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, under the tutelage of Ernest Rombout and Miriam Pastor.
As an active performer, Rui Qing has performed in various professional groups including the Singapore Lyric Opera, Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. She was also a member of the Asian Youth Orchestra 2015, as well as the Nationaal Jeugd Orkest, Netherlands, in 2017. She is also a founding member of é3rio, a trio group consisting of flute, oboe, and piano. The trio has since been active in performing recitals and competitions, and has been awarded the winner of the Nanyang International Music Competition and the first runner up of Ipoh Music Festival.
Yeeki is a freelance musician, teaching music and performing with various wind bands, orchestras and ensembles in Singapore. She graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts – Royal College of Music (London) under the tutelage of Mr. Tang Xiao Ping, the Associate Principal Bass Clarinet of Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
During her course of study in NAFA – RCM, she has performed in masterclasses conducted by eminent musicians Janet Hilton, Christian Stene and Director of RCM Colin Lawson.
Apart from being an avid performer of Orchestra Collective and The Philharmonic Orchestra, she took part in the Clarinet Festival @ The Arts House (Competition) in 2015 and the Nanyang International Music Competition Western Music Division (Ensemble Category) in 2017 and attained Second Prize for both events.
Chang Mindy is a Singaporean French Horn player undergoing her final year in the Bachelor's Degree program at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, National University of Singapore.
She is an active musician in her community and she has played important roles in many ensembles internationally. Her most recent professional engagements are with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, Bandung Philharmonic and she was invited to join Vietnam’s Sun Symphony Orchestra, as guest Principal horn.
Music has brought Mindy to many different places across Asia. She has recently completed her exchange semester at the Mahidol University in
Ultimately, Mindy wishes to explore more in Asia as she believes that the musical talents of this continent are limitless and music will make the world a better place.
In her free time, Mindy enjoys eating the fine delicacies of Thailand, focusing on chamber music with her regular Singalaywan Woodwind Quintet and lately, getting more curious about the Jazz genre for the French Horn.
Emerald CHEE is an avid performer as well as a passionate music teacher. She believes that music is for everyone and strives to create a society where music is accessible and enjoyable. She is the organizer of the Singapore Double Reed Day for the past seven years, which started out as a bassoon gathering.
Emerald has played with orchestras such as the Singapore Lyric Opera Orchestra, re:SOUND, Orchestra of the Music Makers, The Philharmonic Orchestra (Singapore) and the Bandung Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also represented Singapore several times at the ASEAN-Russia Youth Orchestra. Emerald is the bassoonist of EDQ, an award-winning Singaporean woodwind quintet.
Emerald attained her diploma in bassoon performance from NAFA in 2012 and has just graduated with a Masters from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and hopes to further improve herself through festivals and masterclasses.