The NUSChoir is an award-winning youth choir that is committed to promoting excellence in choral music within the NUS community. The choir comprises students and alumni who share a common passion for singing and choral music and was formed in 1980.

Under the baton of Singapore’s premier choral director, Prof Nelson Kwei, the NUSChoir aims to promote choral music excellence, and to bring its music to global audiences by performing in a wide spectrum of events.

Every March, the choir stages its annual major concert, Varsity Voices, performing an extensive repertoire that features choral music from traditional and classic to contemporary and new music. As a youth choir, the NUSChoir has also gained a strong international reputation, having taken part in several international competitions and choral festivals, and has also performed in various reputable settings and venues worldwide, garnering a slew of accolades including perfect scores at competitions in Slovakia and Russia.

Key Past Events

  • 2015Savage Land - An Opera in Concert; in collaboration with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra at Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts
  • 2015Performance at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City
  • 2016NUS ExxonMobil Campus Concerts highlight Tales
  • 2015Annual concert Varsity Voices: Odyssey
  • 2018NUS Arts Festival Closing Show Ode to Joy

Key Past Achievements

  • 2010Festa Choralis, 5th International Choir Festival in Bratislava Gold Award with perfect scores in both the Open Mix category and Jazz category
  • 2012Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Champions in 3 categories (Youth, Folk Song, and Mixed Choirs)
  • 2014World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia Gold medals in 3 categories (Sacred Music, Contemporary Music, and Folklore Music)
  • 2015Only Asian choir invited to the Yale International Choral Festival at Yale University
  • 2017Silver Award (Arts & Culture), NUS Student Achievement Awards
  • 2017Outstanding Community Service Award, Tan Ean Kiam Arts Awards
  • 2018Silver Award (Arts & Culture), NUS Student Achievement Awards
  • 2018Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Champions, Choir of the World (Pavarotti Trophy)

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Nelson Kwei

Choral Director & Resident Conductor

Nelson Kwei, the premier choral director of Singapore, is an international acclaimed conductor, conservatorium lecturer, editorial advisor, international adjudicator, composer and vocal clinician in the music scene. He is a Fellow from the London College of Music, has a Licentiate in singing from the Guildhall School of Music and Advance Post-Graduate in Choral Conducting from the Royal Academy of Music (London). He is currently an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

In 1993, Professor Kwei was honoured with the National Youth Service Award, the highest Youth Award in Singapore, in recognition of his significant contribution in the field of choral art. In 1999, he was awarded with the Culture Award by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In 2011, COMPASS Singapore awarded Professor Kwei with the prestigious Meritorious Award in view of his outstanding artistic achievement and contribution to the nation.

Internationally, Professor Kwei won the prestigious Outstanding Choral Director Award two years in a row at the International Choral Competition (Germany, 1998 & 1999) and also the Best Conductor Award at the Petr Eben International Choral Competition (Prague, 2002 & 2004). In recent years, he has led his choirs to more than 200 Gold awards including three Choir Olympic Champions in the World Choir Games held in Bremen, Germany & Xiamen, China. His choir was also the first Asian choir to win the Grand Prize & Audience Prize at the prestigious Concorso Corale Internazionale held in Riva Del Garda, Italy. In 2008, he was conferred the Conductor Prize in the 10th edition of the internationally-acclaimed choral competition. In 2012, he won the Outstanding Conductor Prize at the prestigious Sing’n’joy Vienna International Franz Schubert Choir competition. In 2014, he set another world record at Hoi An International Choral Competition where Victoria JC Choir won all four Categories Champion title.

Presently, he is the artistic advisor of Singapore Choral Association, the Artistic Director of Singapore Music Festival and Singapore Choral Festival, and the Vice-Chairman of Singapore Musician Society. He is an executive member of the National Arts Council’s Advisory Board for Choral Development in Singapore, the NAC external assessor for music, as well as the artistic director of prominent international choral competitions, ‘A Voyage of Songs’ and ‘Asia Cantate’. Mr Kwei has also been invited as both clinician and adjudicator in many top international choral festivals and competitions including the World Choir Games Series. Currently, he is the conductor of many schools, colleges, a university and semi-professional choirs in Singapore that have won numerous national and international accolades. He was also responsible for mentoring more than one-third of Singapore’s choir conductors.