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UWCSEA Dover Brass ITP teacher Mark Glover playing his euphonium at the world premiere of a concerto written for him by Singapore composer Zaidi Sabtu-Ramil
UWCSEA Dover ITP piano teacher Sarah Lee's alumn cover for Colour Dreams, her first album

The Music Department is enjoying the new facilities offered to instrumental and classroom teachers at Dover Campus, following the opening of the new High School building and the subsequent relocation of the Examination Hall which made more space available for our musicians. We look forward to the completion of the project in the coming months, but even as the redevelopment was underway, a talented team of musicians have continued providing instrumental lessons to our students in Grades 2 to 12. The instrumental teaching programme (ITP) offers tuition in a range of woodwind, string, brass and percussion instruments as well as voice and piano. 

Our talented Instrumental teachers are an eclectic group. You may hear them at various venues in Singapore: at the Esplanade with Singapore Symphony Orchestra, in the Botanical Gardens on a Sunday afternoon, down at Blu Jaz or Sing Jazz or even at a Jazz Festival in Nepal. Here we highlight just two of our ITP musicians.

Mark Glover is a brass tutor and is also an active euphonium soloist here in Singapore and overseas. This year he has performed in Australia, Thailand, Brunei, Malaysia and the UK. Most recently he has given the world premier of a new euphonium concerto which was written especially for him by Singaporean composer Zaidi Sabtu-Ramli. On this occasion the music was written with wind band accompaniment and Mark was invited to give the first performance in Limeira, Brazil on 6 November 2015 as a celebration of the Henrique Marques Wind Band's 155th year anniversary. During his time in Brazil, Mark was also featured in a local newspaper, interviewed on live TV and gave two masterclasses for local brass enthusiasts. The successful concert can be viewed in full on Mark's personal website. An hour of autographs followed the concert where both composer and soloist engaged with the audience and both could test out a bit of their newly learnt Portuguese!  

Mark commented that it was an amazing experience and something that he hopes to do more of in the future! 

Sarah Lee, one of our piano teachers, was born into a musical family. Her father (formerly a flautist in SSO) and her violinist sister are also both on our team of ITP teachers. Sarah's father was her first mentor who led her to study classical piano and flute at the age of five. Being a composer himself, Sarah inadvertently took on composing as a hobby alongside him whilst she performed his solo piano works. Although a graduate in Physics, her ardent love for music made her take the leap to pursue further studies at Carnegie Mellon University and Boston University. 

Sarah has recently produced her first album Colour Dreams. This collection showcases her original piano compositions depicting musical episodes in a contemporary lyrical style. It fuses music elements from Jazz, Blues, Pop and New Age covering a range of moods. Through her music, Sarah's aim is to connect with her audience and give them an intimate listening experience.

To find out more about our Instrumental Teaching Programme, click here, speak to any music staff or email us for more information.

22 Jan 2016
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