AJ’s Got Talent is a monthly feature that will turn the spotlight on various talented people in the student body of our college. This issue stars Tan Shi Yu from A35/12, an enterprising budding musician who is currently balancing school work with vocal lessons as well as concert performances.
Shi Yu’s passion in music clearly manifests in the extra-curricular activities that she took. Shi Yu sang the theme song for the finals of several sports, like men’s gymnastics, hockey, weightlifting and boxing in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games held in Singapore. She also performed in ChildAid 2011, an annual charity concert organized by The Straits Times to raise money for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund. Most amazingly, Shi Yu participated in Stardust 2012, an annual nationwide competition organised by National University of Singapore (NUS) and was crowned the champion. Besides various formal and informal performances, Shi Yu also seeks to impart music knowledge and instil the interest in music in others; just this January, she co-organized a cognitive science conference that explored subjects like the relationship between emotion and music.
Started singing at the end of her Secondary Two out of simple curiosity and boredom, Shi Yu had her first performance in Popstar of the Year 2009, in which she was awarded the Grand Champion. Since then, Shi Yu embarked on a journey to nurture her passion for music. Having a deeper understanding of music theory, Shi Yu has transitioned from pop music theatre to classical music. She seeks pleasure in mastering singing techniques and performing. “It’s all about how you interpret the music and convey it on stage. It’s challenging, but I love the experience!” Shi Yu exclaimed passionately.
Shi Yu is currently in the NUS Young Artist Programme in Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and she hopes to promote the arts scene in Singapore.