For the past 24 years, ExxonMobil Asia Pacific has been giving to NUS to run campus concerts to positively impact the community. Through the ExxonMobil Campus Concerts (EMCC), NUS students have had a rare opportunity to develop their musical talent and event management skills by working closely with local and international artistes.
The EMCC is both a performance platform and a nurturing ground for students who are interested in event management and production. This year, the concerts gave talented NUS students the opportunity to learn from, and share the limelight with, some of their favourite local musicians.
“These concerts fuel our passion for music and keep us wanting to improve and bring better and bigger performances to the masses. Such support is vital for budding musicians,” said Douglas Wong, recent NUS graduate and member of Imprompt-3, a band comprising students from Temasek Hall.
The EMCC Crew, a team of undergraduates, had the chance to hone their event management and production skills. “From the technical set-up and coordination with the professional artistes, to the liaison between different performance venues and large scale crowd control – these are not things an average student in NUS will get to experience everyday,” says Michelle Lim, a Fourth Year Chemistry student and two year EMCC crew member.
Tjokro Gunawan, a Third Year bioengineering student and three year EMCC crew member, echoes this idea of enriching lives through the arts. “In class, interaction is limited to close friends or project mates. In the working world, we need to communicate with all kinds of people – from supervisors to colleagues, customers and subordinates. Being on the EMCC crew provides us with new and different responsibilities which help us explore our talents outside the classroom,” he says.
“Arts crosses the barriers of age, language and culture, to build social bonds and to expand horizons. We are privileged to be able to work with NUS to enrich the lives of students and youths, and we have been very impressed with the creativity and talent that we have seen at the performances,” says Loh Pin Chuan, Public and Government Affairs Manager at ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.
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