Raffles Institution Chinese Orchestra

Member Handbook

The RICO Story

Raffles Institution Chinese Orchestra was founded in 1987, under a combined initiative by thenHeadmaster Mr Eugene Wijeysingha and founding teacher Ms Shi Jun, to inject more vibrancy into the cultural scene in Raffles Institution due to Mr Eugene Wijeysingha’s vision that Raffles Institution was to become an internationalized and globalized community. Through its numerous performances, RICO also actively promotes Chinese orchestral music, not only within the Institution, but also in the local community and internationally. Over the years, Raffles Institution Chinese Orchestra has matured under the tutelage of its conductors Mr Goh Yew Guan (1987-2002), the late Mr Yeo Puay Hian (2002-2007), Mr Lim Kiong Pin (2007-2009) and Mr Yang Ji Wei (2010-present), as well as its several section instructors, who have together allowed its members to hone their musical skills and develop their musicality. This has allowed RICO to collaborate with various organizations to put up various performances. Apart from this, RICO has also been invited to perform for the SYF @ VivoCity 2008, 2008 Bukit Batok East Chinese Cultural Festival, Renci Charity Show in 2006, the opening ceremony of Parkway Group

H e a l t h c a r e’s 2 n d I n t e r n a t i o n a l Healthcare Facilities Exhibition & Conference the same year, as well as the Singapore Chinese Orchestra’s National Day Concert - Our People, Our Music - in 2004. RICO also collaborates with orchestra overseas, including Beijing’s Golden Sail Symphonic Band and Penang’s Chung Ling High School Chinese Orchestra. In the local scene, RICO also puts up public concerts at least once every two years. The orchestra regularly per forms for residents in the heartlands through performances at Bishan Park, Toa Payoh Library’s Amphitheater and the National Library, and actively supports charitable causes through performances at the Singapore River. The orchestra has also per formed at Singapore General Hospital for its Music Therapy Program and conducted lessons for residents in Bishan. Since its inception, RICO has also participated regularly in the biennial Singapore Youth Festival Central Judging, winning 6 Golds and 4 Silvers, including 5 consecutive Gold awards from 1991 to 1999. After a hiatus of 8 years, the orchestra was awarded the Gold award at the SYF Central Judging in 2007. At the following Central Judging, in spite of our members’

dedication and commitment, the Orchestra secured a Silver award. In a bid to bring musical excellence to new levels, the Orchestra saw a period of change in 2010, with new teachers, instructors and facilities. The Orchestra will continue to strive towards greater heights with its new Music Director & Conductor, Mr Yang Ji Wei.

The RICO Philosophy

THE RICO VISION To b e a w o r l d - c l a s s o r c h e s t r a accomplished in the performing arts which places value upon the contributions of individual members. THE RICO MISSION In the coming year, the Executive Committee seeks to give every member a stake in the orchestra, enabling us to recognize budding talents, and foster a conducive CCA environment for selfdiscovery and for members to fully immerse themselves in the dynamic landscape of Chinese Orchestral music. In the coming year, Raffles Institution Chinese Orchestra seeks to hold a commitment to and build an image of all-rounded excellence, and foster a member-centred CCA bonded by a stake and a common experience. THE RICO EXPERIENCE The RICO Experience encompasses the enrichment and holistic development of its members in terms of musical calibre, character development and leadership potential.

THE RICO VALUES Excellence Commitment Passion Teamwork Discipline

It is also a journey of opportunities; opportunities to form new relationships and improve members in all aspects and a journey that members will reminisce fondly about in the future.

ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY I n l i n e w i t h R I CO ’s b e l i e f t h a t community engagement is pivotal in character development and enrichment of its members, RICO aims to involve all stakeholders and the community in its growth as an orchestra, by establishing collaborations with international and local partners. MOULDING THE FUTURE OF RICO In accordance with RICO’s vision of attaining the highest standards of excellence, and pushing them to new limits, RICO strives to ex tend oppor tunities for musical and leadership development to each and every member. In addition, RICO recognizes the importance of fostering a common orchestral team spirit by providing platforms upon which members within the orchestra can share common experiences. NURTURING THE RICO PERFORMER As part of the RICO Experience, RICO envisions to nurture every member to become the RICO Performer. Through the various performing opportunities offered in the RICO journey, RICO hopes to nurture he who performs from the heart – with passion, commitment and pride. At the same time, he would then embody the hard work and effort put in by his fellow RICO Performer.

The RICO Masterplan

Attendance Procedures

ATTENDANCE TAKING Attendance is taken twice every practice: • Once 15 minutes after the start • At the end You will sign on an attendance list to indicate your attendance. VALID REASONS Valid reasons are required if: • You will be more than 15 minutes late for practice • You will leave early from practice • You will be absent from practice Valid reasons are classi ed as such: • Excuse on medical grounds with medical certi cate (MC) • Excuse on medical grounds with parent’s letter (PL) • Excuse due to overseas travel (OT) • Excuse on other grounds (EVR) Valid reasons should be applied for in accordance with these procedures: • MC & PL • Email Dr Lee, Sng Geng, Toh Han, Chong An and your Section Leader before 2359 hours the night before • Pass your medical certi cate / parent’s letter to your Section Leader at the next practice

• OT • Submit your Travel Declaration Form, with documentar y evidence attached, to your Section Leader two weeks before departure EVR • • Email Dr Lee, Sng Geng, Toh Han, Chong An and your Section Leader before 2359 hours the night before ATTENDANCE CREDIT Attendance credit is awarded as such: • Full credit • Present • Present (arrived late with or without VR) • Present (left early with VR) • Zero credit • Absent (with or without VR) • Present (arrived late and left early) • Present (left early without VR) ATTENDANCE RATE Please note the impact of your Core CCA’s attendance rate on your CCA points: • <75% but ≥50%: forfeiture of CCA points for current year • <50%: forfeiture of CCA points from Year One to current year

Attendance Procedures

Orientation Programme

14 FEB 2011 (MON) First Day Programme 16 FEB 2011 (WED) Theory Lesson 1: An Introduction to the CO 21 FEB 2011 (MON) Parents’ Conference 2 MAR 2011 (WED) Theory Lesson 2: Basics 11-12 MAR 2011 (FRI-SAT) Concert Exposure: Feminine Mystique 14-15 & 18 MAR 2011 (MON-TUES & FRI) March Holidays Programme 23 MAR 2011 (WED) Theory Lesson 3: Jianpu Theory 6 APR 2011 (WED) Theory Lesson 4: Miscellaneous 13 APR 2011 (WED) Inter-Section Exchange 19-21 APR 2011 (TUES-THUR) Singapore Youth Festival Central Judging

DR JEFFREY LEE Teacher-in-charge O:

DR HOH CHUNG SHIH Teacher-in-charge O:

Important Contacts
Teachers

MS NIU YI Teacher-in-charge O:

MR YANG JI WEI Music Director & Conductor HP:

DR SAMUEL WONG Artistic Director HP:

MR PATRICK NGO Yangqin Instructor HP: MS ZHANG LI Ruan & Liuqin Instructor HP: MR MENG JIE Suona Instructor HP: MR ZENG ZHI Dizi Instructor HP: MS CHERYL ONG Percussion Instructor HP:

MR XU ZHONG Cello Instructor HP: MS WANG LU YAO Double Bass Instructor HP: MS ZHAO LI Huqin Instructor HP: MR JOHNNY CHIA Guzheng Instructor HP: MS AVILYN SIM Pipa Instructor HP:

Important Contacts
Executive Committee

SNG GENG Chairman & Concertmaster HP: H:

LIM TOH HAN Vice Chairman HP: H:

ONG CHONG AN 2nd Vice Chairman HP: H:

NICHOLAS QUEK WEI SHENG EXCO Intern HP: H:

FOO LIN GENG Treasurer HP: H:

TAN WEI KANG EXCO Intern HP: H:

LIEW FU KIAN Librarian HP: H:

CHUA ZHE XUAN EXCO Intern HP: H:

LEONG CHANG JIE Quartermaster HP: H:

KIM JI HWAN EXCO Intern HP: H:

LOO TIEN PAN Welfare Head HP: H:

NEO WEI JIAN (BRYAN) EXCO Intern HP: H:

TANG ZHENGNAN SIMON Deputy Librarian HP: H:

SEAN ONG ZHI HAN EXCO Intern HP: H:

YEO PING CHONG Deputy Quartermaster HP: H:

LEONG CHANG JIE SL, Cello HP: H:

TANG ZHENGNAN SIMON SL, Dizi HP: H:

Important Contacts
Section Leaders

DOUGLAS TAN CHANG YANG SL, Double Bass HP: H:

LIM TOH HAN SL, Guzheng & Pipa HP: H:

BENNY KOH PEI ZHI ASL, Guzheng & Pipa HP: H:

SNG GENG SL, Huqin HP: H:

KOH YONG LIANG STEPHEN SL, Percussion HP: H:

TAN WEE LING SL, Sheng HP: H:

CHUA ZHE XUAN ASL, Percussion HP: H:

JING GUOZHEN SL, Suona HP: H:

KOH HUI KAI SL, Ruan & Liuqin HP: H:

ONG CHONG AN SL, Yangqin HP: H:

RAFFLES INSTITUTION One Raffles Institution Lane Singapore 575954

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