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Crowds pack CFA House Party 2012

17 August 2012

Guest-of-Honour Prof Tan (3rd from left) chatting with members of the NUSChoir and NUS Harmonica Orchestra

NUS Wind Symphony lighting up the stage with catchy modern tunes from popular classics

NUS Dance Synergy presenting Morning Light, a harmonious blend of technical and artistic maturity

With interiors warmly lit in coloured lighting, a photo booth jazzed up with arty backdrops and an exhibition featuring quotes from 101 student artists, the University Cultural Centre (UCC) was an artist's galore on 15 August. This year, the CFA House Party 2012 has expanded to include NUS alumni, The Graduate Singers and guest performers from the NUS Cultural Activities Club (CAC) Sub-clubs.

Organised by the NUS Centre For the Arts (CFA) the evening showcased the 22 CFA Arts Groups seeking to encourage student participation in the arts. "Give dimension to your education with the arts," said CFA Director Ms Christine Khor. "You won't regret the fresh experiences and friends it brings and how it'll help you see today's society with new eyes."

Among the opening acts, the packed audience was entranced by the staccato beats of Sabre Dance, a piece specially arranged for the CFA Percussion Ensemble by percussionists from the NUS Symphony Orchestra, Chinese Orchestra and Wind Symphony.

The party was graced by Guest-of-Honour Professor Tan Eng Chye, NUS Provost; Associate Professor Tan Teck Koon, Dean of Students, Office of Student Affairs; and Associate Professor Ho Chee Keong, Head of Composition Studies at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.

The annual affair entertained close to 1,000 undergraduates across four spaces around the UCC. Part of the Welcome Back to Campus series presented by CFA every August, the event involved some 300 student performers, including those from CFA groups which recently won competitions or performed overseas - the NUSChoir, which topped three categories in the Llangollen International Eisteddfod Chorale Competition in Wales, the NUS Harmonica Orchestra which won the Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival competition in Malaysia, the NUS Dance Ensemble which presented in the Philippines, and NUS Ilsa Tari in Malaysia.

The CFA theatre and film groups also performed improvised interactive pieces in the cosy setting of NUS Museum, delighting an international mix of participants.

Please visit to find out more about the Dance Marathon on 13, 16 and 18 August and the ExxonMobil Campus Concerts Opening Show - Face The Music on 17 August.

By NUS Centre For the Arts