UPDATES due to COVID-19 situation

Due to the current COVID 19 situation, the scheduled 'LIVE' audition on 22 MAR 2020 is cancelled.
ONLINE Audition Entries deadline has been extended to 1 MAY 2020. 

We shall contact those registered if they wish to change to ONLINE entry, else we will proceed with full refund.

See updated details below.

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The Chicago International Music Competition will be held July 25 - August 1, 2020 in Chicago, USA. The competition is sponsored by the International Institute of Piano Artistry, and co-organized by Wheaton College. The International Institute of Piano Artistry, a branch of the non-profit organization "Reach Out Kansas, Inc.", or "ROK". Founded in 2009, the agency has successfully cooperated with many U.S. artists and performance agencies. These collaborations bring outstanding artists and their extraordinary talents to major venues and offer students unique learning opportunities and experiences.

ROK and the International Institute of Piano Artistry are collaborating to host the Chicago International Music Competition, which aims to find and cultivate a new generation of music talents in the world and to promote the development of classical music and cultural exchange.

Each year, we invite many young musicians from all over the world to gather in Chicago which we hope will be a platform to launch their own successful careers!


Meet the Adjudicators for the 'LIVE' audition

('Live' auditions are cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation.  We shall contact those registered if they wish to change to ONLINE entry, else we will proceed with full refund)

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Benjamin Loh

Teacher, Educator, Performer

Steinway Artist

Artistic Director for Prelim Audiition

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Nicholas Keyworth

Teacher, Composer, Performer

Director of Revolution Arts

Former Chief Examiner (Music)
Trinity College London 

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MS WORKS is proud to be the exclusive audition agent and the registration agent for the Chicago International Music Competition and Festival 2020 for the following countries:


  1. Singapore

  2. Malaysia

  3. Indonesia

  4. Thailand

  5. Philippines

  6. Brunei

Due to the overwhelming responses from the past years, for 2020, our aim is to provide an initial audition/screening of interested participants for CIMC, especially for the competition sections.


NOTE: OBSERVER for the Festival - no audition is necessary.  Just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Registration process for Competition and Festival Performer:

  1. To apply for the competition or festival (performer), participants must submit:

    1. A completed online Application Form [Click Here] by 8 MAR 2020 1 MAY 2020 (Extended)

    2. Applicants have the option of ‘Live’ audition OR Video Submission.

  2. Categories and FINAL Competition Repertorie – full information [LINK].

  3. Audition application Fees:

    1. Instruments / Vocal Solo Category - US$100

    2.  Chamber/ Orchestral Category

        1. Duo - US$150

        2. Trio - US$210

        3. Quartet - US$240

      1. Choir - US$300 per ensemble

  4. ‘Live’ Audition shall be held on 22 MAR 2020 at KAWAI Recital Studio @ Centrepoint Orchard [Venue info]

  5. Video Submission must be submitted by 15 April 2020 1 MAY 2020, in MP4 video format sent using www.wetransfer.com OR a Youtube private video link to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

  6. Each Entry (Solo or Group) for this specific preliminary audition's reoertoire - shall be required to perform ANY piece or pieces up to a maximum limit of 10minutes.

  7. Each Entry (Solo or Group) shall receive* the following:

    1. Report on the submitted performance.

    2. Certificate with grading of Gold, Silver, bronze or Certificate of participation.

    3. Invitation letter to the competition shall be offered if awarded Gold or Silver.

    4. All other participants are welcomed to join the festival in Chicago.

    5. *Additional charges may apply for posting to the respective addresses in Singapore or in the region.

  8. Full schedule and Information of the Competition and Festival in Chicago can be found at http://www.cimcusa.org/

  9. All payment options are listed on MS WORKS Payment Page. Please note some options may not be available to certain countries.

  10. All applications fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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Monday 20 Jan 2020 - 10:00am - 1:30pm

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Exploring the New TRINITY College London Strings Syllabus 2020 (Initial to Grade 5)

An interactive workshop for String Teachers & Parents:  

  • Exploring DUETs and 'Non' Classical pieces

    • Refreshed repertoire lists featuring a wide range of styles and showcasing more female composers and contemporary works.

    •  Duets are now an option for Initial to Grade 3 for all bowed strings.  

  • Working on pieces from initial to grade 5 materials

    • Shall work on selected Violin repertoire up to grade 5.

    • Supporting a range of teaching approaches is at the heart of the syllabus, with pieces suitable for group and whole-class strings programmes.

    • Intuitive and bespoke technical work is a hallmark of Trinity exams. With a variety of options available, each individual learner can play to their strengths and build confidence in their technique.
  • Tackling scales and arpeggios

    • Learning and teaching scales and arpeggios in a stress free environment

  • Stringstastic - Theory for string players

    • Stringstastic Theory books are designed for stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello) of all ages who are quick leaners or who are interested in successfully completing  music theory exams.

    • These books are suitable for the Trinity College London theory syllabus and can be used to assist violinists studying the syllabuses of other examination boards.

    • Explaination of music theory from a string players point of view rather then the typical piano way.

    • Providing a fun and exciting way of learning String Theory and can be used in a private or group setting.


 About the Presenter

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Lorraine Chai

Lorraine is a multi talented instrumentalist and educator with over 20 years experience in both private and group tuition.  She graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music Studies in 2008 and then completed her Graduate Diploma of Education at the Australian Catholic University a year later.

Having grown up with a musical family, Lorraine began piano lessons at the age of four, taught by her mother and began learning the violin at the age of six, giving her first violin performance at just seven years of age. Lorraine started teaching violin at the age of 14 and founded a string ensemble at her local church. From there, teaching and performing became her passions.  

Lorraine loves finding new and exciting ways students can learn the violin in either a classroom setting as well as in private lessons. Along her musical journey and exposure to the various educational methods including Kodaly, Suzuki, Orff, and Dalcroze, Lorraine has also attended Alexander Technique workshops, and has found that she can integrate these various methods into her own teaching technique for the benefit of her students.

Lorraine has extensive ensemble and orchestral experience in Malaysia and in Australia. Lorraine is currently the Music Director of Musicreator Pty Ltd. She also co-ordinates instrumental programmes and runs string ensembles for some of Sydney’s most celebrated schools. Lorraine is also a council member on the Music Teacher's Association, MTA NSW and was a committee member on Australian Strings Association, AUSTA NSW.

In her spare time, Lorraine enjoys traveling and occasionally giving motivational talks to youths when overseas. Lorraine also enjoys trying new food and spending time with her dog Tilly, who enjoys listening to string instruments.  (Official Website)




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 COVID-19 - Uncertain Times, but the FESTIVAL will  go on!

This year, due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, SPAF 2020 will be moved “ONLINE”.

All performance guidelines remain the same as listed within the syllabus booklet further below this page, except that the performance will be recorded and submitted online.


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[Information for Singapore and other regions coming in Mid-FEB 2020]

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In Malaysia, Singapore Performing Arts Festival (SPAF) is proud to partner with StageCraft, our Official Representative for all entries from Malaysia. StageCraft is Johor’s largest Speech & Drama and Speaking Skills Training Centre, offering classes and courses in Acting, Communication Skills, Public Speaking, and Performance Arts. A division of the company, StageCraft Theatre Productions, promotes children’s theatre in Johor.

For general enquiries, please contact 017-783 5700, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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COVID-19 - Uncertain Times, but the FESTIVAL will  go on!

This year, due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, SPAF 2020 will be moved “ONLINE”.

All performance guidelines remain the same as listed within the syllabus booklet further below this page, except that the performance will be recorded and submitted online.



  • Participants who wish to utilise SPAF participation for any official academic purpose - Please Read This First.
  • Due to the online/recorded format, Impromptu Speaking categories will not be offered.


Recording your performance - Some basic requirements to note:

  • Quiet Space / Environment with ample lighting.
  • A simple video recorder - most recent mobile phones should be adequate.
  • The video recording must be taken;
    • from the ‘Front’ view, as observed by an adjudicator.
    • in ONE complete continuous take.
  • Video Submission must be submitted by 15 JULY 2020, in MP4 video format sent using www.wetransfer.com OR a Youtube private video link to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Please contact us if you need any assistance or clarifications.


On event day(s), there shall be online* masterclasses (Live Stream) from the adjudicators commenting on the respective entries.   
(*format will be announced after the closing date)


Closing Date:

  • Creative Writing entries - by 1 JULY 2020
  • All other registrations – by 10 JULY 2020
  • Recorded videos - by 15 JULY 2020.


In the event if the COVID-19 situation allows for some form of public gathering and with sufficient interest from participants, a suitable venue for the masterclass may be arranged.


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SPAF aims to inspire, so all performers leave with a sense of achievement! Its purpose is to open up the window of performing arts to students, encouraging them to develop a range of communication and interpersonal skills through an interactive environment. 


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 - Download the Festival Info Booklet and Entry Form.
 - Select your Class(es) (Categories) and note the class number(s).
 - Fill in the Entry Form (End of Booklet)
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About SPAF - Singapore Performing Arts Festival - Drama

The 8th Singapore Performing Arts Festival (SPAF) will be held from 26th July to 3rd August 2018. Since the Ministry of Education and government have embraced the significance of drama as part of the education process in Singapore, there has been an increasing demand for drama activities amongst schools, parents and students. This event is specially tailored to the Primary and Secondary school students in Singapore. 

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SPAF is an Associate Member of The British and International Federation of Festivals of which Her   Majesty the Queen is Patron. By being recognised by the British and International Federation of Festivals, Singapore will join not only the 300+ festivals in the UK but also the festivals in Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the   USA. 

Preparing for and participation in a Festival involves young people in group activity and individual achievement - every skill gained in preparing for and giving a performance is a valuable life skill which will be used in job interviews, in the workplace, in leisure activities and in social and interpersonal relationships throughout life. 

Most will not make their career in the Arts but will become that educated audience who will keep the arts alive in the coming years. However, the festival movement was where many famous names began their career, Julian Lloyd Webber, Maureen Lipman, Wayne Sleep, Dame Janet Baker, & Paul Scofield to name a few! 


The adjudicator will be a practising professional who will not only make a skilled judgement but who will also seek to inspire a greater appreciation of the work being performed and remarks made in public and on the written report will evaluate and encourage the performers.




2019 Featured Categories:  


  • Story Telling - Performance Arts (Solo and Group)

    Telling a story using movement and gesture to illustrate the content would be regarded as 2 skills – expressive speaking and movement.

    Telling a story using props/and/or costume ( e.g. illustrations from the book, puppets, or hats )would be regarded as 2 skills – expressive speaking and use of props, t
    elling a story using voice, movement and song would be regarded as 3 skills- expressive speaking, movement, and singing

    Telling a story using voice, movement, song and a musical instrument would be regarded as four skills- expressive speaking, movement, song and playing an instrument.

    The adjudicator is looking for the skills to be integrated into a fluent, structured performance.

  • Creative Writing

    Since the first SPAF in 2011, the Creative writing class has been attracting more and more entries and the standard has risen. We believe very strongly that this ties in with the study of Language and Literature and is of additional benefit to Students in both the Primary and Secondary sectors.

    Students are given absolute free choice of content, the only regulation is to adhere to the word count. The completed story is submitted to the office and then to the adjudicator before the day of the Festival – on the actual day the student may read out their story or nominate someone else to do so- this is not part of the assessment, the adjudicator has already reached his or her decision and written the reports- the idea is to share the content with the audience and so then the adjudicator’s comments are more relevant to the listeners. 

    We will be running a Creative Writing Workshop prior to this year’s festival so do join us if you wish to find out more!!


  • Public Speaking

    For many adults the thought of speaking in public is terrifying- it is generally recognised that the younger people are when they begin then the less likely it is that this fear follows them into their adult life. The Public Speaking Classes of S P A F are judged on both content and delivery and these are the aspects that we will be addressing in our workshop prior to the 2016 Festival in July.

    The topics are released to Festival one month before the Festival and we will share those set in previous years as a guide, so this is a workshop that we hope will prove valuable if you are interested in promoting the value of Public Speaking without fear!


Other Categories Offered:

  • New! Musical Theatre - Solo & Group
  • Impromptu Speaking
  • Verse Speaking
  • Choral Speaking
  • Dramatic Monologue
  • Dramatic Duologue
  • Group Acting (Scripted / Devised)


Full details of categories within syllabus info booklet.  Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need further clarifications or assistance.


About the Adjudicators



Mary Ann is the consultant in Drama and Performance for South East Asia based in Singapore and a senior examiner and trainer for Trinity College London.  She is a choreographer, director, Performing Arts lecturer and practitioner and a British Federation Adjudicator. Her work has taken her to Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Canada, Sri Lanka, Dubai, Bermuda, as well as centres in Europe and the UK.   

Mary Ann was a UK lecturer in Performing Arts working for the Universities of Hertfordshire and Middlesex, whilst also pursuing her professional theatrical career with performance, choreography, and direction in drama, musical theatre, opera, pantomime and physical theatre. During her time at the universities, she was part of the panel who designed the Performing Arts courses at Diploma through to BA levels.  (Full Biog)

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Amina studied acting, creative writing and directing in London at the Royal Court Young Peoples’ Theatre. Since 1991, Amina has explored Malaysian theatre, film and television as an actress, presenter, producer, director, writer & performance educator for all ages, including trainee teachers undertaking teaching diplomas and professional teachers in Malaysian schools.  

Amina has been a teacher in the subject of Speech & Drama for over 25 years, in both the Public and Private sectors; a Head of Department at an international school, managing teachers of Art, Music and Drama (ranging from Pre-school to Secondary), and a Head of House; as well as a teacher for Trinity College London examinations with many successful candidates  (Full Biog)

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Roshini is a Founding Partner and Manager of LOA Centre.  With over 18 years of experience in corporate training, she has conducted training sessions in over 10 countries in APAC, Australia, Middle East and the USA, focusing on business presentations, customer service and communication.

Her clients vary from interns to senior managers, senior lecturers to associate professors. Her goal in life is to help people live more fulfilled lives. Prior to this, she has worked in Corporate Marketing Communications for over 7 years. Roshini brings energy and enthusiasm to all her classes and attendees rave about the high level of engagement and effectiveness in her sessions.  (Full Biog)

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Alecia began acting 16 years ago, Alecia has played roles from Shakespeare to George Orwell to Alfian Sa’at, touring to Edinburg, Tasmania, India, Malaysia and most recently to Korea, working with some of the best directors and actors in Singapore Theatre and has even dabbled in TV and film. She is a performer, director and teacher.

Alecia’s passion is Theatre for the young and passing on the art of theatre making to the next generation. She is currently the Head of Department at NAFA School of Young Talents teaching what she loves. She has taught aspiring actors in youth programs, students from ages 3yr -64 yrs. She continues to teach and advocate the importance of arts in education.



Matt began acting in British television over thirty years ago. He trained at the Guilford School of Acting and Dance and afterwards continued performing in film, television and theatre in the U.K., Australia and occasionally now in Singapore.
In 2000, he acquired a teaching licentiate with Guildhall School of Music and Drama and began to teach voice and speech for actors at across Singapore. Since then Matt has had extensive experience with training Asian and Western actors and acting students.
Matt is also a professional actor and received the Straits Times 13th Life Theatre Best Actor Award for his portrayal of Sigmund Freud in Freud’s Last Session at the Esplanade 2013.    (Full Biog)


OVERVIEW OF SPAF (Excerpts from Information Booklet)

Who should Join?

-          Just about ANYONE! who is interested in improving critical life skills such as:

a.  Effective Communication

b.  Confidence in a presentation before an audience

-          EVERYONE! This is the perfect festival to experience Speech & Drama whether you have little or no previous experience.

-          From age 6 upwards.

 What will each participant get?

-          A written report.

-          A certificate of participation for achievement of above 75 marks.

 How will the festival be conducted?

-          Individual and Group Participants will be allocated classes based on their age.

-          Individual entry Classes will be conducted in a hall that can seat about 50.

-          Group entry Classes will be conducted in a school hall.

-          Group size will be from 6 to a max of 12 participants.

-          Each Class will last about an hour depending on the age group and class type/size.

-          During each class:

a.  Participants will take turns to perform in the order predetermined by the organiser.

b.  The adjudicator will evaluate their performance on a report form, which will be presented to the respective participants at the end of each class.

c.  After all the participants have presented their work, the adjudicator will conduct a mini master-class style to comment on the overall performance of the class as a whole.

d.  Certificates will be presented to all participants.



FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Q:       I have no prior experience in Speech & Drama, is SPAF suitable for me?

A:     YES! Although we are a professional organization our aim is to attract Newcomers. festival participants, teachers and parents with little or no experience will still be able to participate in, and benefit from, involvement in SPAF!

Q:       Is SPAF’s concept something new and not tested before?

A:      On the contrary, SPAF is associated to The British & International Federation of Festivals, with over 300 associated festivals worldwide and attracted over ONE Million performers reaching an audience of around 5 million in 2010.

Q:       We already have many activities for Performing Arts, why should we consider SPAF?

A:      One of SPAF’s main benefits is the written and verbal educational feedback provided by the adjudicator. Performers will not only have a chance to perform but will able to improve themselves through the adjudicator’s feedback and master class.


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