Joseph Chong
(Saxophone, Theory)

Joseph Chong (b. 1991) is a Singaporean saxophonist, music educator and band director. He began learning the saxophone at the age of ten when he was a member of the Maha Bodhi School Band. Under the musical direction and influence of veteran conductor, Mr Quek Boon Hui, Joseph’s passion for music grew and this led him to pursue Music professionally. He studied under the tutelage of Dr. Zechariah Goh and Leslie Wong at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in Singapore and received mentorship from visiting professors such as Dr. Lin Chien Kwan, Mr. Dan Gelok and Mr. Vince Gnojek from the USA. As a member of the NAFA Saxophone Quartet, he travelled to Thailand as part of a musical exchange at the Mahidol University in Bangkok and represented Singapore for the International Wind Band Festival in Taiwan and the prestigious World Saxophone Congress in France. In 2015, Joseph received his Bachelor of Music (Hons.) degree in Saxophone performance accredited by the Royal College of Music, UK.

As an active saxophonist in the local band scene, Joseph has performed with several professional ensembles such as the NAFA Wind Band and Orchestra; Singapore Police Force Band; Orchestra of the Music Makers; Orchestra Collective and Westwinds. He has also been invited by the Band Directors’ Association (Singapore) to give masterclasses to school band students for their signature events like the Adventure Band Camp and Festival Winds projects in 2018 and 2019.

Currently, Joseph serves as the Band Director of Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary school and the Assumption English School. Also, he is the junior band director at Manjusri Secondary school. On top of that, he tutors the Saxophone sections in Maha Bodhi and Bendemeer Primary Schools.

Apart from his school engagements, Joseph is also highly demanded as a private instrumental tutor for students taking national (e.g. GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level Music and Higher Music) and international examinations (e.g. ABRSM, Trinity), or simply for pleasure. He aims to grow the music scene here in Singapore and more importantly, to cultivate the love for music in students of all ages through saxophone and band performances.

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