Commanday assists Singapore youth orchestra

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Eureka College Artist-in-Residence David Commanday will make a second trip to Singapore this spring to assist with the Singapore National Youth Orchestra program. Commanday was hired by the Singapore Ministry of Education to consult on the management of the orchestra program and to work with its students.  

Commanday’s April 12-21 visit will include meetings with the management and staff of the orchestra and teaching a cello master class. He also will adjudicate at central judging, which is a biannual assessment of musical programs throughout the nation’s educational systems. Commanday will be part of an international panel of judges that will evaluate performances by ensembles from all levels.

Last spring Commanday presented talks on youth orchestra management and on motivating youth in the arts fields in the 21st century. 

“In my visit last spring, I was immensely impressed by the commitment of the Singapore society to the arts in education,” Commanday said. “The government fully supports music and the other arts, investing time and money in their inclusion in a complete education.”  

Singapore is prosperous, vital and successfully anchored in the 21st century, Commanday said.

“There is much we can appreciate in Singapore’s success, and I know that arts in education is one of the key factors in the excellence of its achievements. I am looking forward to bringing back what I see and learn there to contribute to our American conversation on arts in education,” he said.

Commanday is the founding artistic director and conductor of the Heartland Festival Orchestra. He was named artist-in-residence at Eureka College in February and is organizing a Summer Strings Festival for community orchestra string players and advanced student string players June 29-July 1 on the campus. For more information and application materials, go to or call 467-6408.