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WBAS Youth Band Festival

13 - 19 December 2018

PHOTO: WBAS Youth Band Festival, Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore

Audition Call for Musicians

Open to all band students from primary school to university level, the WBAS Youth Band Festival aims to provide an exciting and dynamic platform for Singapore’s serious young musicians to make great music in a highly collaborative setting. Band students will experience advanced band musical literature, learn to develop ownership to a culture of excellence, be it musical or extra-musical, cultivated in a highly collaborative setting and develop friendship through music to effect sharing of best practices and exchange of ideas in a healthily competitive environment.  


In this youth band festival, participants will take part in rehearsals and workshops spanning a total of four days and will be mentored by high-profiled music educators from both local and overseas institutions with sectionals taught by professional musicians. Participants will also get to perform at the Finale Concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall on 19th of December 2018.


Past conductors that we have worked with includes: Mark Heron (UK), Bjorn Stagstad (Norway), Apo Hsu (Taiwan), Toru Miura (Japan) David Waybright (USA), Masanori Fukuda (Japan), Lien Boon Hua (Singapore), Seow Yibin (Singapore), Quek Boon Hui (Singapore), Mohd Faizal (Singapore).

This year, we are happy to have conductors Adrian Chiang, Masanori Fukuda, Tay Kai Tze and a team of professional instrument tutors work with us for the WBAS Youth Band Festival!

All interested students are required to take an audition to confirm the acceptance of participation. Selected musicians will be allocated into three ensembles of different age and repertoire.

The Bands...


The Junior Band is made up of young, talented music lovers. Though their volume is indirectly proportional to their age- the ever jolly junior band never fails to spur on each other’s curiosity to learn more in music-making.


The Symphonic Band is made up of highly spirited, energetic youths who enjoy playing exciting and fun wind band music while developing friendship.


The Wind Orchestra is made up of more mature students who enjoy the challenges of advanced works and journey together to explore lesser-known repertoire.


Why, When & How?


  • Professional faculty members teaching at sectionals and full band rehearsals

  • Workshop and clinics with professional faculty for all students

  • Repertoire of varying challenges for students at different levels

  • Team building activities to boost learning and interaction among Singapore’s talented young musicians 


Participating students will receive:

  • Certificate of Participation

  • Festival T-shirt

  • Lunches on all days except concert day

  • Dinner on 19th December

  • Discounts on concert tickets for family and friends 



13, 14, 17, 18 December 2018, 


NUS U-Town


19 December 2018, Esplanade Concert Hall

Festival Participation Fee

SGD75 per participant.


Note: Local students are allowed to use Edusave for this programme (pending approval from school) 

Audition Details

Only students who are able to attend all days of rehearsals and concert of band festival may apply for audition. This is a 2nd audition and we are specifically accepting applicants who fits the following description only:


  1. All primary school candidates are to attend live audition. You will be required to follow Audition Requirements for Junior Band.  

  2. All students age 16 – 25 years old. You will be required to follow Audition Requirements for Wind Orchestra

  3. Other than primary school students, all students who participated in both WYBF in 2016 and 2017 are to submit audition video;

  4. If you have attended the first round of audition on 25 August, please do not attend the audition again on 20 October.

Video Audition

Deadline for submission: 20 Oct 2018

Video Submission Guide

Live Audition

Date:  20 October 2018

Audition Fee: $5*

Time: 10am to 3pm

Venue: UTown, NUS

Tips on preparing for a live audition

* Fee will become part of band festival participation fee if candidate pass audition.