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First-of-its-kind international undergraduate conservatory music programme

15 February 2011

CONTINUING PARTNERSHIP: Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music with Peabody Institute in a joint concert on 12 Feb 2011 at the Conservatory Concert Hall

The Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM) at NUS and Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University will offer a Joint Bachelor Degree of Music (BMus) from August 2011.

The first international undergraduate conservatory music programme in the world, this degree will allow students to attend classes in campuses in both Singapore and Baltimore, United States.

Said NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye: "NUS offers a significant number of joint degrees across a range of areas and we believe, given the Conservatory's close relationship with Peabody over the past decade, that the evolution of this Joint Degree fits well into this mix."

Director of Peabody Institute Mr Jeffrey Sharkey said: "The joint degree will allow students to span the globe during the course of their undergraduate study. Today's musician needs a wider view of world cultures and this new degree could be the perfect vehicle to help music students achieve that goal."

The Joint Degree is an extension of an earlier agreement between the two institutions in 2001. It was identified in 2007, when the agreement was renewed, as one of the most significant initiatives for the next stage of the Conservatory's development.

The official signing of this new collaboration will take place on 9 March 2011 in New York City, following a joint concert by the YSTCM and Peabody Institute at the Carnegie Hall, New York, in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the NUS -Peabody agreement.