Ding Huai Cheng is currently the music instructor for the woodwind section of the City Chinese Orchestra. He is also a member of the China Musicians’ Society and the China Woodwind Music Society.
In 1977, he was admitted to the Central Conservatory of Music and transferred to the China Conservatory of Music in 1980 to further his learning. Upon graduation with a Bachelor’s degree in 1982, he remained at the China Conservatory of Music as an instructor, and was promoted to lecturer status in 1992.
Ding is now an instructor at the Shangyin Music School and also for the Chinese Orchestras of several primary and secondary schools. Through the years, his proficient teaching has yielded notable results with the orchestras that he has instructed; the Dunman High School Chinese Orchestra Wind and Percussion Ensemble and the Dunman High School Chinese Orchestra have both garnered numerous accolades in their respective national competitions.
Tian Ling is currently the music instructor for the lower strings section in City Chinese Orchestra, as well as the lower strings instructor at Shangyin Music School.
Born in 1957 in Liaoning, Shenyang, Tian studied cello under Dai Tian You in high school. In 1977, she enrolled at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music, Faculty of Chinese Music. In 1980, she transferred to the Faculty of Western Orchestral Music, specialising in cello, studying under the tutelage of Li Zong Li. Upon graduation with a bachelor degree in 1982, Tian joined the Liaoning Children Theatre Group as an orchestral member.
In 1999, Tian joined Shangyin Music School as a music instructor, and at the same time joined City Chinese Orchestra. Currently, she also teaches as a lower strings instructor for the Chinese Orchestra at several schools, including Dunman High School, Raffles Girls’ School, Red Swatiska School, Maha Bodhi School and Bedok Green Primary.
Tay Soon Dee is currently the concertmaster and dizi instructor of the City Chinese Orchestra, as well as one of the founding members of the Singapore Chinese Instrumental Music Association.
Tay taught himself to play the dizi and erhu as a child, and went on to seek guidance from several masters, including erhu maestro Liu Ming Yuan, dizi maestro Lu Chun Ling and erhu artistes/educators Wang Yi and Xiang Zu Ying. This has enabled him to be a specialist in both string and bamboo flute instruments.
In 1983, Tay joined the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation Chinese Orchestra (the current City Chinese Orchestra). He has since worked with conductor Tay Teow Kiat for over 200 concerts, often as a soloist or lead player, and has participated in several performance tours to China and Malaysia. Tay is also currently an erhu and dizi instructor for many primary and secondary schools; his students have achieved outstanding results in various local music competitions
Ling Hock Siang, recipient of the 2004 Young Artist Award and Singapore Youth Award (Culture and Arts Team Category, The Huqin Quartet). A talented erhu performer, Ling holds a Masters degree in erhu performance from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. His graduation recital held in Shanghai with guest performances by the Huqin Quartet in September 2005 was a huge success. Ling is also the first Singaporean to achieve a Masters degree in erhu performance.
Ling joined the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) in 1997 and is currently the Erhu Associate Principal. In July 1999, the SCO organized a concert entitled “Melodies with a Difference” – Recital by Ling Hock Siang and Quek Ling Kiong. In November 2005, staged a solo recital entitled “Hock Siang & Friends”. In November 2007, staged an erhu and guan recital by Ling Hock Siang and Han Lei entitled “Oriental Folk Music” at the Esplanade Recital Studio.
Ling is also a member of the Huqin Quartet. He has performed with the group and the SCO in Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen, Taiwan, Budapest, London, Gateshead, France, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, United State, Japan, Korea and Malaysia.
Ling is also currently holding position as:
• Artistic instructor of the City Chinese Orchestra (CCO)
• Erhu Instructor of the Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra (SYCO)
• Adjunct Instrumental Teacher (Erhu Performance) of the School of the Arts (SOTA)