Foong Hak luen
Committee Member - Choral Directors' Association (Singapore)
Foong Hak Luen, Master in Choral Conducting from the University of St. Joseph, Fellowship in Choral Conducting from London College of Music and Associate in Voice from the Trinity College of London. Hak Luen holds the record of being the only choral conductor in Singapore to have choirs attaining the Gold with Honours awards for SYF at the Primary, Secondary and Junior College level. He also led all his choirs to attain Distinction awards in the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation for 2013 and 2015.
He started his choral journey singing in one of Singapore’s premier semi-professional choir, The Vocal Consort, where he develops his knowledge of singing and conducting skills under the baton of Mr Nelson Kwei. He attended many conducting masterclasses and lessons around the world given by Mr Gabor Hollerung, Dr Laszlo Nemes, Mr Patrick Russill, Dr Joshua Habermann, Mr Leon Tong, Dr Jeffrey Carter, Prof. John Paul Johnson, Prof. Pedro Monteiro and Dr Zechariah Goh. He received voice coaching from Mr Thomas Kuek, Dr Wong Su Sun, Mr William Lim and has obtained Professional Performance Certificate in Singing (Baritone) and ATCL Recital in Singing (Counter-Tenor) from the Trinity College of Music, London.
In the international arena, Hak Luen has led choirs to participate in many exciting competitions around the world. Under his direction, choirs have achieved Gold awards, Category Champions and Grand Prizes at international choral competitions held in Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand and Malaysia. He was specially awarded the Outstanding Conductor Prize for his excellent work with choirs at these competitions in 2009, 2011 and 2013.
Hak Luen currently conducts many prestigious school choirs in Singapore; they are the Chung Cheng High School (Main), Commonwealth Secondary School, Nan Hua High School, Meridian Junior College, St. Andrew’s Junior College and deputy conductor for The Vocal Consort and Tanjong Katong Secondary School.
In addition to conducting choirs, Hak Luen is also the Festival Director for the Inaugural Singapore Choral Festival, one of the biggest choral event ever held locally attracting over 1300 singers in 38 choirs performing at the iconic Victoria Concert Hall.
Foong Hak Luen is the conductor of the following choirs:
The Vocal Consort (Deputy Conductor)
School choirs under his direction:
Chung Cheng High School (Main) Choir
Commonwealth Secondary School Choir
Nan Hua High School Choir
Meridian Junior College
St. Andrew's Junior College
Tanjong Katong Secondary School Choir (Deputy Conductor)