ARTISTE-Vocal Trainer ( Jazz)
Michelle always enjoys wearing several hats & performing several genres. As longest serving adjunct-lecturer for vocals(pop) at LaSalle College of the Arts, she mentored students pursuing professional music careers, saw the pop vocals intake grow to its biggest intake in history of the contemporary music department. As principle tutor for voice, she helped prepare LaSalle’s first overseas export to a prestigious overseas music festival, as well as aspiring artistes with local recording contracts, competition winners, and appearances on TV and overseas. For work with music institutes and centres, she pioneered the Vocal Department at Believermusic, appointed as head vocal syllabus writer and vocal coach, growing the intake from zero to over 2000 students during her stint.
As artiste, Michelle's pop-jazz works are recognised with up to 7-figure budget recording contract offers from major recording labels (New York, Europe). From what we have been informed, this is by far the best offering for a Singaporean artiste. As soloist, she has performed with secessionists for Harry Connick Junior, Anouk, Marco Borsato and Wynton Marsalis at various occasions, and with Grammy nominated pianist Kenny Werner himself at the North Sea Jazz Festival 2005. She was also chosen among European delegates by Michelle Weir (Author of Vocal Improvisation) to demonstrate scat singing at the 2004 International Vocal Festival Netherlands, alongside Tomaž Kozlevčar - conductor & arranger for Perpetum Jazzile's "Africa", which recorded over 9million Youtube views .
As choral conductor, her choirs have received up to Silver Awards for regional competitions and Gold Award for the Singapore Youth Festival. As vocal trainer & arranger, she prepared Jazzkids™ for the World Contemporary Performing Arts Competition 2008, Los Angeles(Hollywood) which received 2 Gold Awards for vocals; As music director, she prepared an ensemble's opening act for award winning pop a cappella M-pact (USA) at Victoria Theatre 2006. As music producer, composer, arranger, vocalist, musician, her pre-release song for Dec 2010 “Free to Fall” features her one-woman-band talent.
A Chinese and Peranakan, Michelle is born and bred in Singapore, enjoyed both Chinese SAP school experience at DHS and Western oriented arts exposure at VJC. She is currently based in Singapore giving consultation to artistes and ensembles, giving workshops and artiste mentorship, is an arts advocate - which led her to step forward as candidate for Arts NMP, and is producing her debut album for worldwide release.
She also has a passion for nurturing Singapore’s next generation of singers, ensembles, and artistes, in line with her hopes of Singapore becoming a mature hub for the arts. Though she noticed Singapore lags far behind other countries in the area of music. This has led her to embark on advocacy work, studying the local and regional industries, gaps on the ground and workable industry solutions for a stronger infrastructure that can better position Singapore as a music hub for the region.
Michelle’s academic background:
Bachelor of the Arts, National University of Singapore, on Deans List.
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons), National University of Singapore
Diploma in Contemporary Popular Music (Distinction), LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts (the current LaSalle College of the Arts). Scholar
Licentiate in Teaching (Distinction) , Australian Guild of Singing and Speech