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NUS and Johns Hopkins University ink agreement on joint music degree programme

10 March 2011

STRENGHTENING TIES: (From left) Mr Jeffrey Sharkey, Dr Llyod B. Minor, Prof Ronald J. Daniels, Prof Tan Chorh Chuan, Prof Tan Eng Chye and Prof Bernard Lanskey at the MOU signing

CELEBRATING A DECADE-LONG PARTNERSHIP: Director of Chamber Music of the Peabody Institute Mr Michael Kannen (second from right) together with students from Peabody and YSTCM during the closing performance
Photo credit: Will Kirk/JHU Homewood Photography
On 9 March 2011 in New York City, the NUS Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM) and the Peabody Institute at The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) signed an agreement to launch a Joint Bachelor of Music Degree programme in August this year. This is the first and only international undergraduate conservatory music programme of its kind in the world.

Present at the signing ceremony were NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye and JHU Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr Lloyd B. Minor. The signing was witnessed by NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan, JHU President Prof Ronald J Daniels, Director of YSTCM Prof Bernard Lanskey and Director of the Peabody Institute Mr Jeffrey Sharkey.

On this new degree, Prof Tan Chorh Chuan said that it was another important milestone for the two universities. "It is a reflection of the outstanding progress that this partnership has made and the close linkages and mutual trust and respect that have developed over the past decade between our faculty, students and leadership," noted Prof Tan.

In this four-year programme, students will attend classes at both the Singapore and the United States' Baltimore campuses with three out of eight semesters spent in the host institution. Three to five top students from each institute will be accepted into the programme.

The agreement on the degree programme was inked after a joint concert by the two music schools, held in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the NUS-Peabody partnership.

Held at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, New York, the concert, which attracted a capacity audience of more than 250 people, featured five students from YSTCM and six students and one faculty member from the Peabody Institute. This was the first time that students and faculty from both institutions had performed together at Carnegie Hall.

Said Prof Daniels of JHU: "This concert celebrates a decade of extraordinary partnership between NUS and Johns Hopkins University. What a wonderful expression of the cross-cultural collaboration that is so significant to both our institutions and to the world of music. With our unique joint-degree programme, we re-dedicate ourselves to training 21st century artists whose musical and cultural knowledge transcends boundaries and elevates us all."