Jennifer Taum

Level 5 Tutor

Jennifer Tham | Conductor, Singapore

Jennifer lives in the world of possibilities—the countless ways in which a theatre of voices can offer a word, a thought, a sound. She directs the SYC Ensemble Singers (Singapore), a choir devoted to the work of living composers, and brings the same contemporary sensibility to high school and university choirs, and other choirs she has been invited to conduct, in Canada, France, Hungary, Japan and Taiwan. For her role in shaping Singapore’s cultural landscape, she was awarded the Cultural Medallion, the nation’s highest arts accolade, by the President of the Republic of Singapore.

Jennifer has chaired and spoken on panels at conferences and symposia in Singapore, Argentina, Denmark, Estonia and Sweden; and was Artistic Director of the Asia South Pacific Symposium on Choral Music (Singapore, 2001) and its offshoots, the First Aid for Choirs clinics (2002-2017) and Kodaly Seminar Asia series (2009-2016) for music pedagogues. She taught choral conducting and pedagogy at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and gives short courses and workshops on repertoire, conducting, and rehearsal technique, equipping conductors around the world with tools for growing a choir. She most recently gave workshops on Games Choirs Play at the 2023 World Symposium on Choral Music, Istanbul, Turkey.

For the International Federation for Choral Music, Jennifer co-coordinates the Asia Pacific Working Committee which organises the Asia Pacific Choral Summit and manages the Asia Pacific Youth choir.

She represents Singapore on the World Choir Council, serving on jury at the World Choir Games since 2004, and at independent international choir festivals since 2003.