JUDGES

Lim Ai Hooi

Ai Hooi’s philosophy for choral music and teaching stems from her view that a fulfilling musical journey is one that is filled with sincerity, love and excellence. She uses the creation of music as a platform to share and infuse her values and beliefs in her singers, and inspires them to use the beauty of music to craft experiences that touch the hearts of the audience.

Ai Hooi actively contributes to the growth of the local choral scene, through nurturing younger choral conductors and choristers. On top of conducting several local secondary and junior college choirs, Ai Hooi established ONE Chamber Choir, a young adult choir. ONE entered into a partnership with the Song Lovers Choral Society in 2010 (formerly known as Lee Howe Choral Society), to form its youth wing. In 2017, the choir achieved the 2nd Prize of the Mixed Choirs category at the 15th International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf 2017, as well as the Special Prize of the Carl-Orff-Stiftung Diessan am Ammersee for the best interpretation of a choral worked premiered at the competition for “The Emigrant” by Wolfram Buchenberg. In 2018, the choir took part in the 10th World Choir Games in Tshwane, South Africa and achieved Gold in all three categories they competed in, including Champion of the World Choir Games in the Chamber Choir Category.

She has also been the conductor of the Hwa Chong Institution Choir since 2000 which has achieved numerous accolades over the years, including emerging Champion in the Mixed Choir category at the 5th World Choir Games 2008, achieving the title Absolute Winner (top choir across categories) at the Festival of Songs Olomouc, and the Prix du public (Public prize) at the 2010 Florilège vocal de Tour.

Ai Hooi also co-founded Sourcewerkz PL to further her calling to teach, touch and transform the larger choral community and its audience. To date, Sourcewerkz has organised the Winter Choral Festival in Hong Kong since 2010 and Festival Coros de Verão in Lisbon since 2012, as well as various workshops with international choral clinicians. In 2014, she conceptualised and directed the 1stSingapore International Choral Festival and since then, SICF has played host to over 10,000 choristers and is now in her sixth iteration.

Lim Ai Hooi

 (Singapura)

Susanna Saw

 (Malaysia)

Susanna Saw

Susanna Saw is an active music educator promoting music and choral education in Malaysia. She is currently a lecturer and choir director at the Faculty of Music at University of Malaya (UM) and the Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA), where she conducts the MIA Ladies Chorus, which has won many Gold Medals from various international competitions.

In 2007, Susanna established the Young Choral Academy in Kuala Lumpur, a venue for choral lovers to learn more about choral education. She was instrumental in bringing the Kodály Training Course to Malaysia to improve local standards of classroom music teaching.

From 2007 on, Susanna has been regularly invited by the Interkultur Foundation, Germany, to be a member of the Jury for the Asia Pacific and World Choir Games. Susanna has been appointed a Working Committee for the Asia-Pacific Choral Council, under the auspices of the International Federation of Choral Music (IFCM). She is the Organizing Chairperson for the 24th International Kodály Symposium 2019, in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, and through this, hopes to bring more awareness on the Kodály teaching philosophy to the Asia Region.

Agastya Rama Listya

Agastya Rama Listya was born in February 18, 1968 in Yogyakarta. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition from the Indonesian Institute of the Arts Yogyakarta in 1992. His master’s degree in choral conducting was received from Luther Seminary and St. Olaf College, Minnesota, in the USA in 2001. He studied composition with the late R.M.A.P. Suhastjarja, the late Slamet Abdul Syukur, Robert Walker, dan Carolyn Jennings. He learned choral conducting under the tutelage of Ester Gunawan, I Gusti Ngurah Wiryawan Budhiana, Martin Behrmann, Robert Scholz and Anton Armstrong. In 2018, Agastya completed his PhD in Ethnomusicology at Otago University in New Zealand.

As an active composer and arranger, most of his choral works are commissioned by professional and university choirs for competitions, festivals or concerts. His compositions span from modern to traditional ones, from twelve-tone serialism to folksong choral arrangements. Recently, he has been interested in exploring Indonesian folk music. The multifarious of Indonesian folk music has become inspiration for some of his choral music.

Agastya has been a regular contributor to the Indonesian Choral Net online bulletin and the International Choral Bulletin published by the International Federal for Choral Music. Some of his writings were published by Yayasan Musik Gereja in Jakarta and Penerbit Andi in Yogyakarta.

He has been actively involved as the choir director of the Salatiga Indonesian Christian Church’s choir from 2007 to date and regularly holds an annual performance with this choir. He was also the choral director of Satya Wacana Students’ Choir Voice of SWCU (1993 – 2007), Satya Wacana Students’ Vocal Ensemble Lentera Kasih (1994 – 2011), Satya Wacana Vocal Consort (2011), and currently, Agastya is the artistic director of Lux Aeterna Vocal Ensemble (2015 – present).

Since November 2018, Agastya is the head of Satya Wacana Music Department.

Agastya Rama Listya

 (Indonesia)

Budi Utomo Prabowo

 (Indonesia)

Budi Utomo Prabowo

Budi Utomo Prabowo (Tommy) was born in Semarang. He started learning the piano at five and then he took the violin as well. He studied music at Indonesian Institute of the Art in Yogyakarta. He led the Jakarta St. Caecilia Cathedral Choir from 1993-2000. Later he studied conducting in Detmold (Karl-Heinz Bloemeke) and Freiburg (Hans-Michael Beuerle and Scott Sandmeier), Germany and completed his Master of Performing Arts (Diplom Musiker) in 2006. While studying, he led with some church choirs and also projects with the University of Freiburg choir, Freiburger Bachchor and Freiburger Kammerensemble. He founded music school Musicasa upon his return to Indonesia with bariton Joseph Kristanto. He teaches conducting, vocal and music theory. Frequently he serves as jury for choir and piano competitions in national and international level. He founded Camerata Vocale Jakarta Chamber Choir and Concordia Community Orchestra. They perform regularly in Jakarta. He enjoys being a chamber musician as pianist, performing with singers and instrumentalists. He was a member of Jakarta Art Council 2009-2015. Since 2016 he is the music director of Jakarta City Philharmonic.

Indra Listiyanto

Music Director of:
• MAGNIFICAT Church Choir Studio – Bandung
• SVADITRA – Bandung Chamber Choir
• HOSANNA Children Choir – GKI Kebonjati Bandung
• BANDUNG ARMONICI POLIFONIA Orchestra
• Formerly Music Director of ITB Choir – Bandung (2005-2011)

He has led / trained prominent choirs such as: SANGGAR SUSVARA, PSM-UNPAR (1986 – 1991) and PSM-ITB; In 1996 he led the PS. West Java contingent at NATIONAL PESPARAWI V –  won first place, and was chosen as the best conductor. Since 2001 he has formed and nurtured MAGNIFICAT CHURCH CHOIR STUDIO – Bandung. Handling as conductor and trainer, as well as being a Music Director of ITB Choir from 2005 – 2011. Becoming an Artistic Director of ITB International Choral Competition & ITB Choir Festival in 2010.

Indra Listiyanto is currently often invited to be a judge and provide workshops on various choir competitions, both national and international. Among other things: In April and May 2005 he was invited as a judge and gave a choral workshop at the Singapore Youth Festival. In April 2006 he was invited to give a workshop and present Indonesian music in the Hawai’i International Choral Festival. In August 2014 and July 2015, he was invited as a judge at The 1st Singapore International Choral Festival and The 2nd Singapore International Choral Festival.

In May 2016, he was invited as a Speaker and Counselor at the “CHORALFEST 2016” event, which was held by the Southeast Asian Bible Seminary (SAAT) STT, Malang.

Together with ITB Choir, he won various awards in the international choir competition. July 2006 won 2 Gold Medals and 2 Silver Medals in the event “The 4th World Choir Games – Xiamen, China”. July 2009 won several awards at the International PS Competition “C.A. Seghizzi “in Gorizia – Italy: Become Winner  / Premio for a sub-category of Contemporary Music; Ranking 2 Folklore and Third Place in Folklore & Gospel category; and ranking 4 for the category of Monograph – Contemporary Polyphony. September 2011 won 1st place in the Folklore category, and ranked 3rd for the Periodic Polyphony category – Contemporary at the international choir competition in Arezzo, Italy.

Together with the Magnificat Choir, several times were invited to participate in international choir festivals. In June 2005 was invited to the International Church Music Festival in Bern-Switzerland, with conductors Sir David Wilcocks and Paul Leddington Wright. In July 2014 was invited to participate in the 19th International Choral Festival en Provence & Aveyron, France.

In 2012 formed SVADITRA – Bandung Chamber Choir. In August 2013, SVADITRA was honored to be invited as a guest choir to perform with the Philippine Madrigal Singers in Manila, in commemoration of its 50th anniversary. Also organized by the Cultural Center of Philippines to conduct concert tours in several cities in the Philippines.

Indra Listiyanto

 (Indonesia)

Diani Rinarti Sitompul

 (Indonesia)

Diani Rinarti Sitompul

She completed her education in 1993, at the Faculty of Arts, Indonesia Art Institute, Yogyakarta, majoring in Music. When she became Mrs. Santhy Suthadi’s student, she began to love classical vocal. Then she deepened her vocal technique by participating in several vocal clinics with William Dickinson, Jonathan Velasco and Marijke Tenkate. She also learned vocal of opera with Chinatsu Hirayama.

In 1991, she led HKBP Yogyakarta Youth Choir and won 1 st place in District 8 th Java – Kalimantan. She became a lecturer in Vocal and Choir Department at IKIP, Jakarta in 1996 – 1998, guest lecturer at STT Jakarta, taught vocal and choir at the Church Music Course – STT Jakarta, and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia, 1996 – 2000.

In addition, she also conducted some choirs, namely the Nathania Choir in California – Ontario Adventist Church, USA 1998 and the Kresendo Children’s Choir. She also formed Diani Choir and won some achievements in several competitions in Jakarta and in national level from 2003 to 2014. Her choir also participated in the Asean Choir Games. Further, she conducted Diani Choir in a concert held in Singapore in 2004 and 2006.
Around 2008 – 2014, she led some choirs of government institutions in some official events.

She also became vocal trainer for musical performances, such as at the Binus International School and Young Students, musical drama “White Black Lasem” by D’ArtBeat in Jakarta, Tanah Airku Musical Concert, Easter and Broadway concerts by Diani Choir.

  • She had experiences as a classical solo vocal performer
  • Mass Bb Schubert Concert , Grand Melia Hotel, Jakarta
  • A Path to Romantic Era, Goethe Haus, Jakarta
  • Soprano Soprano, Erasmus Huis, Jakarta
  • From Mozart to Puccini, in Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Bali
  • Fashion Opera, Berlin, Germany
  • A Night of Italian Opera Arias, featuring La Traviata by G. Verdi, October 26, 2011 at Erasmus
    Huis, Jakarta
  • Italian Opera Arias & Duets in Students and Teachers Concert at Kingsdale 11-19, Foundation School, London, England, in January 6, 2012
  • A Night with Verdi and Puccini, Gedung Kesenian, Jakarta
  • Most Favorite Opera Arias with Nusantara Symphony Orchestra, Jakarta.
  • Solo Vocal Recital: It’s The Simple Me, Diani, Gedung Kesenian Jakarta.

Until now, she has been actively training church choirs, agencies, guest trainers in Jakarta and other provinces, guest trainers in several universities, providing vocal workshops, and actively being judges in regional, provincial and national competition.

JUDGES

Lim Ai Hoii

 (Singapore)

Ai Hooi’s philosophy for choral music and teaching stems from her view that a fulfilling musical journey is one that is filled with sincerity, love and excellence. She uses the creation of music as a platform to share and infuse her values and beliefs in her singers, and inspires them to use the beauty of music to craft experiences that touch the hearts of the audience.

Ai Hooi actively contributes to the growth of the local choral scene, through nurturing younger choral conductors and choristers. On top of conducting several local secondary and junior college choirs, Ai Hooi established ONE Chamber Choir, a young adult choir. ONE entered into a partnership with the Song Lovers Choral Society in 2010 (formerly known as Lee Howe Choral Society), to form its youth wing. In 2017, the choir achieved the 2nd Prize of the Mixed Choirs category at the 15th International Chamber Choir Competition Marktoberdorf 2017, as well as the Special Prize of the Carl-Orff-Stiftung Diessan am Ammersee for the best interpretation of a choral worked premiered at the competition for “The Emigrant” by Wolfram Buchenberg. In 2018, the choir took part in the 10th World Choir Games in Tshwane, South Africa and achieved Gold in all three categories they competed in, including Champion of the World Choir Games in the Chamber Choir Category.

She has also been the conductor of the Hwa Chong Institution Choir since 2000 which has achieved numerous accolades over the years, including emerging Champion in the Mixed Choir category at the 5th World Choir Games 2008, achieving the title Absolute Winner (top choir across categories) at the Festival of Songs Olomouc, and the Prix du public (Public prize) at the 2010 Florilège vocal de Tour.

Ai Hooi also co-founded Sourcewerkz PL to further her calling to teach, touch and transform the larger choral community and its audience. To date, Sourcewerkz has organised the Winter Choral Festival in Hong Kong since 2010 and Festival Coros de Verão in Lisbon since 2012, as well as various workshops with international choral clinicians. In 2014, she conceptualised and directed the 1stSingapore International Choral Festival and since then, SICF has played host to over 10,000 choristers and is now in her sixth iteration.

Susanna Saw

 (Malaysia)

Susanna Saw is an active music educator promoting music and choral education in Malaysia. She is currently a lecturer and choir director at the Faculty of Music at University of Malaya (UM) and the Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA), where she conducts the MIA Ladies Chorus, which has won many Gold Medals from various international competitions.

In 2007, Susanna established the Young Choral Academy in Kuala Lumpur, a venue for choral lovers to learn more about choral education. She was instrumental in bringing the Kodály Training Course to Malaysia to improve local standards of classroom music teaching.

From 2007 on, Susanna has been regularly invited by the Interkultur Foundation, Germany, to be a member of the Jury for the Asia Pacific and World Choir Games. Susanna has been appointed a Working Committee for the Asia-Pacific Choral Council, under the auspices of the International Federation of Choral Music (IFCM). She is the Organizing Chairperson for the 24th International Kodály Symposium 2019, in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, and through this, hopes to bring more awareness on the Kodály teaching philosophy to the Asia Region.

Agastya Rama Listya

 (Indonesia)

Agastya Rama Listya was born in February 18, 1968 in Yogyakarta. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition from the Indonesian Institute of the Arts Yogyakarta in 1992. His master’s degree in choral conducting was received from Luther Seminary and St. Olaf College, Minnesota, in the USA in 2001. He studied composition with the late R.M.A.P. Suhastjarja, the late Slamet Abdul Syukur, Robert Walker, dan Carolyn Jennings. He learned choral conducting under the tutelage of Ester Gunawan, I Gusti Ngurah Wiryawan Budhiana, Martin Behrmann, Robert Scholz and Anton Armstrong. In 2018, Agastya completed his PhD in Ethnomusicology at Otago University in New Zealand.

As an active composer and arranger, most of his choral works are commissioned by professional and university choirs for competitions, festivals or concerts. His compositions span from modern to traditional ones, from twelve-tone serialism to folksong choral arrangements. Recently, he has been interested in exploring Indonesian folk music. The multifarious of Indonesian folk music has become inspiration for some of his choral music.

Agastya has been a regular contributor to the Indonesian Choral Net online bulletin and the International Choral Bulletin published by the International Federal for Choral Music. Some of his writings were published by Yayasan Musik Gereja in Jakarta and Penerbit Andi in Yogyakarta.

He has been actively involved as the choir director of the Salatiga Indonesian Christian Church’s choir from 2007 to date and regularly holds an annual performance with this choir. He was also the choral director of Satya Wacana Students’ Choir Voice of SWCU (1993 – 2007), Satya Wacana Students’ Vocal Ensemble Lentera Kasih (1994 – 2011), Satya Wacana Vocal Consort (2011), and currently, Agastya is the artistic director of Lux Aeterna Vocal Ensemble (2015 – present).

Since November 2018, Agastya is the head of Satya Wacana Music Department.

Budi Utomo Prabowo

 (Indonesia)

Budi Utomo Prabowo (Tommy) was born in Semarang. He started learning the piano at five and then he took the violin as well. He studied music at Indonesian Institute of the Art in Yogyakarta. He led the Jakarta St. Caecilia Cathedral Choir from 1993-2000. Later he studied conducting in Detmold (Karl-Heinz Bloemeke) and Freiburg (Hans-Michael Beuerle and Scott Sandmeier), Germany and completed his Master of Performing Arts (Diplom Musiker) in 2006. While studying, he led with some church choirs and also projects with the University of Freiburg choir, Freiburger Bachchor and Freiburger Kammerensemble. He founded music school Musicasa upon his return to Indonesia with bariton Joseph Kristanto. He teaches conducting, vocal and music theory. Frequently he serves as jury for choir and piano competitions in national and international level. He founded Camerata Vocale Jakarta Chamber Choir and Concordia Community Orchestra. They perform regularly in Jakarta. He enjoys being a chamber musician as pianist, performing with singers and instrumentalists. He was a member of Jakarta Art Council 2009-2015. Since 2016 he is the music director of Jakarta City Philharmonic.

Indra Listiyanto

 (Indonesia)

Music Director of:

• MAGNIFICAT Church Choir Studio – Bandung
• SVADITRA – Bandung Chamber Choir
• HOSANNA Children Choir – GKI Kebonjati Bandung
• BANDUNG ARMONICI POLIFONIA Orchestra
• Formerly Music Director of ITB Choir – Bandung (2005-2011)

He has led / trained prominent choirs such as: SANGGAR SUSVARA, PSM-UNPAR (1986 – 1991) and PSM-ITB; In 1996 he led the PS. West Java contingent at NATIONAL PESPARAWI V –  won first place, and was chosen as the best conductor. Since 2001 he has formed and nurtured MAGNIFICAT CHURCH CHOIR STUDIO – Bandung. Handling as conductor and trainer, as well as being a Music Director of ITB Choir from 2005 – 2011. Becoming an Artistic Director of ITB International Choral Competition & ITB Choir Festival in 2010.

Indra Listiyanto is currently often invited to be a judge and provide workshops on various choir competitions, both national and international. Among other things: In April and May 2005 he was invited as a judge and gave a choral workshop at the Singapore Youth Festival. In April 2006 he was invited to give a workshop and present Indonesian music in the Hawai’i International Choral Festival. In August 2014 and July 2015, he was invited as a judge at The 1st Singapore International Choral Festival and The 2nd Singapore International Choral Festival.

In May 2016, he was invited as a Speaker and Counselor at the “CHORALFEST 2016” event, which was held by the Southeast Asian Bible Seminary (SAAT) STT, Malang.

Together with ITB Choir, he won various awards in the international choir competition. July 2006 won 2 Gold Medals and 2 Silver Medals in the event “The 4th World Choir Games – Xiamen, China”. July 2009 won several awards at the International PS Competition “C.A. Seghizzi “in Gorizia – Italy: Become Winner  / Premio for a sub-category of Contemporary Music; Ranking 2 Folklore and Third Place in Folklore & Gospel category; and ranking 4 for the category of Monograph – Contemporary Polyphony. September 2011 won 1st place in the Folklore category, and ranked 3rd for the Periodic Polyphony category – Contemporary at the international choir competition in Arezzo, Italy.

Together with the Magnificat Choir, several times were invited to participate in international choir festivals. In June 2005 was invited to the International Church Music Festival in Bern-Switzerland, with conductors Sir David Wilcocks and Paul Leddington Wright. In July 2014 was invited to participate in the 19th International Choral Festival en Provence & Aveyron, France.

In 2012 formed SVADITRA – Bandung Chamber Choir. In August 2013, SVADITRA was honored to be invited as a guest choir to perform with the Philippine Madrigal Singers in Manila, in commemoration of its 50th anniversary. Also organized by the Cultural Center of Philippines to conduct concert tours in several cities in the Philippines.

Diani Rinarti Sitompul

 (Indonesia)

She completed her education in 1993, at the Faculty of Arts, Indonesia Art Institute, Yogyakarta, majoring in Music. When she became Mrs. Santhy Suthadi’s student, she began to love classical vocal. Then she deepened her vocal technique by participating in several vocal clinics with William Dickinson, Jonathan Velasco and Marijke Tenkate. She also learned vocal of opera with Chinatsu Hirayama.

In 1991, she led HKBP Yogyakarta Youth Choir and won 1 st place in District 8 th Java – Kalimantan. She became a lecturer in Vocal and Choir Department at IKIP, Jakarta in 1996 – 1998, guest lecturer at STT Jakarta, taught vocal and choir at the Church Music Course – STT Jakarta, and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia, 1996 – 2000.

In addition, she also conducted some choirs, namely the Nathania Choir in California – Ontario Adventist Church, USA 1998 and the Kresendo Children’s Choir. She also formed Diani Choir and won some achievements in several competitions in Jakarta and in national level from 2003 to 2014. Her choir also participated in the Asean Choir Games. Further, she conducted Diani Choir in a concert held in Singapore in 2004 and 2006.
Around 2008 – 2014, she led some choirs of government institutions in some official events.

She also became vocal trainer for musical performances, such as at the Binus International School and Young Students, musical drama “White Black Lasem” by D’ArtBeat in Jakarta, Tanah Airku Musical Concert, Easter and Broadway concerts by Diani Choir.

  • She had experiences as a classical solo vocal performer
  • Mass Bb Schubert Concert , Grand Melia Hotel, Jakarta
  • A Path to Romantic Era, Goethe Haus, Jakarta
  • Soprano Soprano, Erasmus Huis, Jakarta
  • From Mozart to Puccini, in Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Bali
  • Fashion Opera, Berlin, Germany
  • A Night of Italian Opera Arias, featuring La Traviata by G. Verdi, October 26, 2011 at Erasmus
    Huis, Jakarta
  • Italian Opera Arias & Duets in Students and Teachers Concert at Kingsdale 11-19, Foundation School, London, England, in January 6, 2012
  • A Night with Verdi and Puccini, Gedung Kesenian, Jakarta
  • Most Favorite Opera Arias with Nusantara Symphony Orchestra, Jakarta.
  • Solo Vocal Recital: It’s The Simple Me, Diani, Gedung Kesenian Jakarta.

Until now, she has been actively training church choirs, agencies, guest trainers in Jakarta and other provinces, guest trainers in several universities, providing vocal workshops, and actively being judges in regional, provincial and national competition.