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The Singapore Youth Malay Orchestra (SYMO) was formed in March 2004 to extend the primary objectives of the Orkestra Melayu Singapura to the younger musicians.


It shares the common goal to reach to the community specifically to the young and passionate musicians. Singapore Youth Malay Orchestra is a platform for youths to be in touch and kept abreast with the arts and culture in Singapore, with Malay music being the primary focus.


Members of the orchestra comprises of youth from secondary school level to University undergraduates.



Vision Statement 

To Nurture our Youth with Diverse Cross-Cultural Experience

E3 = Educate.Explore.Experiment


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Music Discovery Program 2014

About Music Discovery Program


The Music Discovery Program is initiated by OMS to expose young musicians of all races to a different performing environment and to experience Malay music which is not usually played in the school band/orchestra settings. We hope that through this prgramme, we can promote the appreciation of different genres of music and instill an interest in them.

Under this programme, the musicians will go through months of practices and rehearsal with our Singapore Youth Malay Orchestra (SYMO) members.

They will get to gain deeper insight to traditional and contemporary Malay music with Western instrumentation. They will also be introduced to the basic techniques of playing the Gamelan, a set of traditional Javanese instruments through extensive workshops and masterclasses programme.


1.  Introduce youths of all races to Malay traditional and contemporary music to promote better appreciation of different genres of music

2.  Provide exposure to playing music and performing with an external orchestra

3.  Provide exposure to learn the Gamelan, a traditional Javanese instrument and introduction to Wayang Kulit (Shadow Puppet)


 Key Take-Away for participants

1.  Better understanding and appreciation of Malay traditional and contemporary music
2.  Proficiency in a new instrument (gamelan) and wayang kulit 
3.  Increase in instrumental proficiency
4.  Certificate of Participation
5.  Acknowledgement letter for CIP hours for performance 

Target group

Musicians below the age of 30 years old with at least TWO years of instrumental experience in one or more of the instrumentation below:

Woodwinds Brass  Strings  Rhythm  Vocals 
Flutes (C) Bb Trumpets Violins Conga/Auxiliary Male singer
Bb (Soprano) Clarinets F Horns Violas  Bass Guitar Female singer
Eb (Alto) Saxophones Tenor Trombones Violoncello  Electric Guitar  
Bb (Tenor) Saxophones      Acoustic Guitar  
Oboe     Piano  







Practice Time and Duration

Weekday evening and/or weekend afternoon. Details will be published at a later date.

Practice Venue

Orkestra Melayu Singapura (OMS) Alun Studio at People's Association Headquarter, 9 King George's Avenue S208581  (Nearest MRT station: Lavender or Farrer Park)

What to Bring for Practice

Woodwind and strings musicians are required to bring their own instruments while brass and percussion instruments will be provided by OMS.

How to apply

You may apply online using this link MDP2014 APPLICATION 

For any other enquiries, please contact us.