Friday, April 29, 2011

After Thoughts

A word now synonymous with excellence after our hard work.
Or, more specifically, SNSO.

It felt good to see tears of joy on your faces yesterday. I really wouldn't mind reliving yesterday. And I believe all of us just loved the moment, the shock, the smiles.

I'm glad we didn't give up halfway and pushed through as an orchestra. I'm glad we overcame our differences to make yesterday remain special in our hearts for many years to come. I'm glad all of you are glad.

Of course, I really have to thank EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU for your effort.

The Sec 1s for shifting our chairs and getting scolded for it;
The Sec 2s for putting aside your unhappiness and doing your best for the orchestra anyway;
The Sec 3s for working together despite difficulties and limited time;
The Sec 4s for throwing in more effort despite our seriously crazy schedules and workload.

The Violin 1s for listening more to each other on that very day (cuz that was our problem);
The Violin 2s for giving us quality with quantity (you ARE the biggest section);
The Violas for pushing yourself to your limits (I do admire your scale in Rutter);
The Cellos for keeping the tempo just fine (other than your melodies);
The Basses for providing us with the solid BASS (even with little parts to play).

Other than that, I personally want to thank the SLs and first desks as well for their tremendous effort put in to improve each individual section, especially the morning practices as we were approaching D-day.

I hope we can have an encore piece for Jubilate :D I was thinking Rosin Eating Zombies from Outer Space :D AWESOME PIECE!!!


-Valerie Foong-

Thursday, April 28, 2011

WE DID IT SNSO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GOLD WITH HONOURS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SN Stringers are the MOST AWESOME! LOVE ALL OF YOU! (:

Love Love Love,
Jan :)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Just a pretty picture to share (:


These few days of practices count a lot! So please continue to practice hard, and practice the right way. Do not give up now, if you choose to give up, then the whole orchestra will do down with you.


Please be in the MEP room at 320pm tmr & be in the hall at 230pm on wed! Make full use of these practices - focus, concentrate, play your best!


Im sure we can do it! ALL THE WAY STRINGERS! <3


Saturday, April 23, 2011

I do not care what other people think. I only care what WE think.

If we believe the pride is ours to keep, so be it.
If we believe we are good, we're good.
If we believe we will do well, we will.


We need to UNDERSTAND that we are an Honours orchestra and performing is our job. It is our role to play. It is an obligation to each and every member of the orchestra. When we put in our best, it is not for anything other than team spirit. No one would tolerate anyone who gives in halfway and just say it's over.

Because all our efforts bank on that 10 minutes on stage. No more. no less.

We go up there not to prove anyone wrong but to PROVE OURSELVES RIGHT:
Right that we can do it;
Right that we are awesome;
Right that we are not 49 people but ONE orchestra.

Mentality counts. It counts a lot.

So when we go up there, we must walk off the stage not regretting anything at all.

Instead, we walk off as true stringers with gracious steps and knowing our best -nothing less- has been given.

V. Foong

Thursday, April 21, 2011


'You can't play a symphony alone, it takes an orchestra to play it.'
Navjot Singh Sidhu

Dearest Stringers!

I'm really proud of each and every single one of you (: You have made it so far, endured all criticisms, boring practices and even bread every recess. I know all of us have put in so much since the start of January this year.

Now, we're left with SIX days.

Let's continue to hold on to one another, and spur each other on in this last week!
Next Thursday, we will leave the stage with our heads lifted, declaring that we have done our best!




7 more days to show the judges what SNSO is really made off.

7 more days to make all our hard work pay off.

We've been practising our hearts out for the past 6 months just for those 10 minutes on stage. So we CAN'T GIVE UP.

We need to HAVE FAITH in our playing. Embrace the music and relish those 10 minutes on stage. Don't care about what the other performing arts had attained for SYF. Like what Miss Quek said, the results don't matter, as long as we're able to walk off stage after performing, with the mindset that we've done our best and whatever results we get, we'll be proud of ourselves.

We STILL HAVE 7 MORE DAYS ( not only 7 more days)

Many things can be done in this 7 days to improve our standards. CONTINUE PRACTISING THE DIFFICULT PASSAGES, every effort counts and everybody matters!

I know all of us are really stressed now, but we ought to be more confident in ourselves. The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure. So we must learn to believe that we can do it alright! Do our best and God will do the rest.

So rest well for the next few days, try to listen to the recordings if you can, take note of your parts, the dynamics and articulation. PRACTISE HARD ALRIGHT?

There can be miracles
When you believe
Though hope is frail
It's hard to kill
Who knows what miracles,you can achieve
When you believe, somehow you will
You will when you believe
When You Believe by Mariah Carey


<3 VP

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


9 days more to SYF. Either we throw in the towel, accept that this is our highest standard of playing and do nothing else. OR. We accept the responsibility for changing things the way they are and make it tons better. I believe we will all aim for the latter. 9 days is less than 10 days. We are the last school. So, face it like a true stringer. We end off all the performances, we are the last act of the day, and we are going to do it well. Do it well and have no regrets whatsoever the result. That we can look back, smile and know we have done our best. And have given nothing less than that.