The National University of Singapore (NUS) Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM) has signed an agreement with the Peabody Institute at The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) to launch the world’s first Joint Bachelor of Music Degree. The programme will allow students to attend classes in both Singapore and Baltimore, United States. To assist students with the additional tuition, travel and lodging costs of this programme, the Conservatory will seek support for scholarships for three to five students every year.
The Joint Degree is a milestone development in the partnership between YSTCM and the Peabody Institute. Founded as the Singapore Conservatory of Music in 2001, it was renamed the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in recognition of a gift from the family of the late Dr Yong Loo Lin. Yong Siew Toh, a music teacher and daughter of the late Dr Yong, found her greatest joy in giving music to others. The gift supports development efforts with respect to Conservatory faculty, facilities and student scholarships.
Speaking about this new degree, NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan said that it was another important milestone for the two universities. “It is a reflection of the outstanding progress that this partnership has made and the close linkages and mutual trust and respect that have developed over the past decade between our faculty, students and leadership,” noted Prof Tan.
The agreement was signed following a joint concert by the two music schools, held in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the NUS-Peabody partnership. Held at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, New York, the concert featured five students from YSTCM and six students and one faculty member from the Peabody Institute. This was the first time that students and faculty from both institutions had performed together at Carnegie Hall.
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