The ACS (I) Guitar Orchestra is a full-fledged Niibori orchestra, comprising of the Alto Cembalo, Alto, Prime, Prime Cembalo, Bass, Contrabass and Guitarron. Over the past year, our talented 110-member strong orchestra had performed for a variety of events both on and off campus. With our wide repertoire ranging from major classical works to jazz and even contemporary music, we performed at major school events including Festival of Arts and Honors Day; and at a variety of off-campus venues, including guitar festivals and other public school performances at the Rainbow Centre special needs school and the Esplanade. 2019 marked a successful collaboration with our sister school, Anglo-Chinese Junior College, where we performed an extensive array of popular tunes and classical pieces.
Additionally, the Guitar Orchestra has performed well in various competitions and examinations. Both the Secondary and the IB section of the Guitar Orchestra clinched a Distinction award in the prestigious Victoria College Examinations held in 2018. In addition, both the Secondary and IB Orchestras also obtained Certificates of Distinction in the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation 2019.
Besides just achievements, the Guitar Orchestra has provided members with invaluable exposure and experience. The orchestra has been improving itself musically and technically through a series of master classes by renowned professional guitarists. Furthermore, the myriad of activities such as annual camps and many other member-organised outings such as Action Day, the orchestra has indeed bonded the students as one cohesive family.
In all, the students have indeed scaled to greater heights as an Orchestra with their respective Student Presidents—Erel Tan of 6.04, and Ivan Chiew of 4.15 in charge of the orchestra. This success can also be attributed to a team of devoted committee members who carry out their duties with great passion and a heart of service. Currently, Ms Sherilyn Khng leads the orchestra as the teacher-in-charge, along with Mr Benjamin Yeo, Ms Angeline Wong and Mr Loy Xing Jian. We currently have 3 conductors cum instructors in the orchestra: Mr Balraj Gopal, Mr Zulkiflee and Mr Alvin Choong.