NIE Visiting Artist Programme

The NIE Visiting Artist Programme is one of NIE’s signature programmes designed to develop the arts, and arts education in Singapore.

The programme was created with the intention to invite professional artists from the visual arts, music and drama, to be part of the NIE community. Every semester, NIE will host a local or international artist for four months. During their residency here, these industry professionals will teach undergraduate or postgraduate modules related to their areas of expertise, and conduct engaging workshops, masterclasses or projects. The programmes are open to all staff and students from NIE and NTU, as well as in-service teachers. The undergraduate elective modules taught by the visiting artist are open to all NIE and NTU students.

Heng_Leun_2 The Visiting Artist Programme will prove to be an exciting and enriching opportunity for the NIE and NTU community as staff and students will have the opportunity to interact, learn from, and collaborate with renowned industry experts in new works of art. The programme hopes to nurture new artistic talent and develop the potential of young artist educators, and art lovers.

For the August 2018 semester, NIE is proud to host Quek Ling Kiong, resident conductor of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and music director of the Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra. Winner of the National Art Council’s Young Artist Award in 2002 and recipient of the NAC Cultural Fellowship in 2013, Ling Kiong has been with the SCO since 1997. Trained as a percussionist under maestro Li Min Xiong and Xue Bao Lun, Ling Kiong played for the SCO as percussion principal and became assistant conductor of the SCO and conductor for the Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra in 2004. He was then promoted to the post of resident conductor in 2013. In 2014, Ling Kiong led the world’s largest Chinese drum ensemble to play at the Singapore Sports Hub’s open House.


The module that Ling Kiong will teach in the August 2018 semester is:

  • AAA08H Amazing Chinese Music

The course will introduce the varieties of Chinese instruments, their sounds and characteristics, as well as their histories. It will examine the principles behind Chinese music and introduce the key classical works of Chinese instrumental solo pieces, chamber and full orchestra music while considering the development of the Chinese music scene in Singapore.

This is an unrestricted elective, without pre-requisite, offered to all NIE and NTU undergraduate students.

To register for the module, please do so via the NIE or NTU course registration portals.


Ling Kiong will also conduct a two-day workshop titled ‘Mastering the Basics of Chinese Percussion’, 3 and 4 October 2018, 3 to 6pm, at NIE3-01-01 (Recital Room). This interactive workshop will introduce the basics of Chinese Percussion in particularly the Su’nan style – a style from southern Jiangsu Province in China. Participants will learn the techniques of playing in this style which features a unique structure and form that has a strong influence on the writing of Chinese orchestral music.  The workshop will also examine the notation of Chinese percussion music.

As places are limited, early registration is advised. Registration is free for all NIE / NTU students but there will be a nominal fee of $150 for all other participants.

Please email the VPA office at for registration details.

*Photo credit: Ding Yi Music Company