The Meridian Secondary School (MSS) Choir was formed in 1999 by the late Madam Ong Foon. The Choir aims to bring out the best in all members through rigorous training in vocal techniques and musicality. Also, opportunities are given to develop students’ leadership skills. As a whole, MSS Choir provides students with avenues to develop their interpersonal skills when working together, and also areas to build their personal confidence and self-esteem when they perform regularly on stage.
The Choir actively performs. Performances include the National Day Parade as part of the Combined Secondary School Choir, charitable concerts at Changi General Hospital, and Pasir Ris West CC events.
Meridian Choir 2021
Tuesdays and Thursdays 2.30p.m. to 5 p.m.
Mdm Shermane Yeo, Ms Jasmin Tan, Ms Astri
Led by conductor Ms Tham Pei Wen, the Meridian Secondary School Choir has grown to a total strength of 70 singers. Initially, we were a small all-female voices choir, but it is now an SATB Choir (Sopranos, Altos, Tenors and Basses) since 2019, fulfilling our aim of recruiting not only female voices, but male voices as well.
Ms Tham Pei Wen is a graduate from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music (Hungary) and holds a Master of Arts in Kodály Music Pedagogy with specialisation in choral conducting. She believes that music belongs to everybody and that it should be learnt in a joyful way. Through the Kodály approach, Ms Tham guides students sequentially to experience music at a deeper level, and aims to develop a good level of musical literacy in every chorister who passes through her hands. Aside from conducting choirs, Ms Tham is an advocate for special needs music education and community singing. She is also a qualified Pilates instructor who has a passion for baking and cats!
Choir team right after they performed for SYF in their glorious gowns and suits in SOTA (2019)
Achievements and Highlights
The MSS Choir has established itself as a pivotal Performing Arts group in Meridian Secondary School with its track record of offering its members a comprehensive programme that promotes the holistic development of its members. Besides equipping its members with the technical skills of singing and developing their sense of musicality, the Choir also provides its members with a unique and valuable opportunity to experience the intricacies of working with a group of fellow musicians.
In 2019, the Choir was awarded a Certificate of Achievement (equivalent to a silver standard) at the biennial Singapore Youth Festival Central Judging Choir Competition. We were also honoured to be selected by the Supreme Court to perform at their annual NDP celebrations in that year. We also did a small showcase and choral coaching session for young kids from ‘My First Skool’ in 2018 and 2019. The Choir organises camps for the family to bond through music and games. Members also get to watch concerts and musicals every year. We invite all interested students to join our family of singers!
In perfecting our art form as a family, we are always inspired by the quote:
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato
Highlights for 2018 – 2021:
– Sing-a-Song: VIA in collaboration with Pathlight school to encourage Pathlight students to read
– Sec 1 CCA Showcase
– In-house workshops planned and conducted by student leaders: Soundtrap, Video Editing, Makeup/Grooming skills
– SYF recording
– Percussion workshop
Our passionate Choir members took part in “Sing-a-Song”, a VIA project in collaboration with Pathlight school to encourage Pathlight students to read. It was truly an enjoyable experience singing and recording this sing along session while referring to the digital book.
Sec 1 CCA Showcase
This is a workshop planned and conducted by our Secondary 4 student leaders. Choir members, split into two venues, underwent a session on Soundtrap and learnt how to make music together online. The seniors were able to engage the members well and went through a guided series of steps on how to create musical content like an artiste. In this photo, we have Emmarae, our outgoing president, and Jahnavi, Alto section leader.
Makeup/Grooming for Music Video Creation
– Performed for CNY
– Performed during Sec 1 CCA selection day
– Joined virtual choir event “Night of Choirs” with a choir in Hungary.
– SYF (Certificate of Accomplishment)
– VIA day with “My First Skool”
– Performed at Singapore Legal Service for their annual National Day Observance
Our Choir Conductor – Ms Tham Pei Wen receiving her Teachers Day card from the choir.
(our annual VIA with “My First Skool” kids)
(We were honoured to be invited to the Supreme Court for their annual National Day Observance Ceremony for 2019)
Our choir members attending an Acapella group from France called “Opus Jam” (2019).
– Performed at CGH
– VIA day with “My First Skool”
– Performed at Voices in Harmony 2018 with other schools
Ms Tham in action during “Voices In Harmony” 2018
Meridian Choir during an exchange with other choirs at Voices in Harmony 2018