Overview of VJC Piano Ensemble
Francesa Lia Block once said that pianos, unlike people, sing when you give them your every growl. They know how to dive into the pit of your stomach and harmonize with your roars when you’ve split yourself open. And when they see you, guts shining, brain pulsing, heart right there exposed in a rhythm that beats need need, need need, need need, pianos do not run. And so she plays. And so we play. Soothing, sleep-inducing, study tunes, most would comment on the subject of piano music. Yes? Pia *NO*. VJC Piano Ensemble hopes to invoke in you a feeling, a memory that only music can let you feel and relive and also appreciate what treasures the Piano Ensemble unlock with their 88 keys.
Is there something about your CCA you and your fellow members think most people are unaware of that you feel needs to be shared to them?
Unlike big CCA performing arts groups, Piano Ensemble is literally making our own music. Performing in pairs, trios or more, we are free to express music in however way we desire (as long as it sounds nice). The musical expressions are not dictated or set by conductors. With great liberty in musical expression, it sets us apart from the rest of the other performing art groups.
Also, we have a secret hideout, a dark room. Find us if you can!
Legend is that if you join Piano Ensemble you will get >88 RP!
How often do you have your trainings?
Twice a week (about 30 minutes each session) + Additional practice timings to be decided by you and your partner according to your timetable
Would you like to give us a glimpse of what trainings are usually like?
Piano Ensemble gets groovy during trainings.
Any additional information to take note of?
Self-commitment is important in the CCA. How well you perform is highly dependent on the amount of practice you put in at your own time. You should also take initiative in arranging practice timings with your partner as these individual practice sessions are not set by the leaders or our coach, so as to accommodate everyone’s busy schedules.
Also, we condemn microwaves. Instead, we like to use Beeth(OVENS).
More about Piano Ensemble
Why did you choose to join this CCA?
For me, I have been learning how to play the piano since I was a young child but never really cultivated the passion for it and did not have the habit of practising regularly, so I decided to join Piano Ensemble to push myself in playing the piano in order to better appreciate the instrument. Through the past year in the CCA, I’ve grown to love the piano so much more than before, and I have never once regretted choosing to join Piano Ensemble.
What would you consider to be the highlight of your CCA journey thus far?
The highlight of my CCA journey so far is definitely playing at Eighty-8, our annual concert. After all, we spent months learning and perfecting our duet pieces. I really got a sense of satisfaction when finally being able to perform on stage.
Noteworthy CCA milestones in the past year:
● A breathtaking Piano Ensemble Concert: Eighty-8
● Participated in the pianistic equivalent of the SYF, Vivace and clinched overall First Runner-up and Gold Awards with Commendation
What about the CCA culture? What’s it like?
We are just a group of nice and friendly people who enjoy playing the piano.
In a Nutshell
To the incoming batch of juniors who will be busy pondering over the issue of CCA selection, what words would you give to those who may be keen on entering your CCA family?
So long as you’re passionate about music and playing the piano and are eager to learn, we will probably accept you into our CCA. Come join VJ Piano Ensemble! 🙂
Lauren Lee Hui Ying, 17S41
Chan Xi Levona, 17S43
Dai Xi Chen, 17S48
Lum Yen Yi, 17S55