somewhere over the rainbow
Periodically, physical relocation due to careers, lifestyle changes and professional commitments affect everyone. As such some of our singers no longer reside in the the Klang Valley Area nor in Malaysia, some take time off to start their young families, etc. Some of our alumni continue to keep in close touch with us through email, telephone and actual visits and we are happy to hear from them. We also have alumni who after a period of adjustments return to sing with us or serve in other capacities in a production.
This section will feature alumni who are in contact with us and they are invited to share their thoughts and happeniings with us, for publication.
With the rapid development of the internet as a major means of communication we are making an attempt to contact some of our members whom we have lost contact with. If you know them personally, kindly direct them to this website as it would be good to hear from them. In particular we are trying to contact the following:
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Shirani was one of the pioneer members of TCS in 1992 and lives with her husband Ariam Rasiah, in Australia. A lawyer by profession, she worked both with law and private sector firms while she lived in Kuala Lumpur. She was a board member of Malaysian CARE, ran a children's ministry and enjoys baking.
She writes “TCS spelt big moments, allowing me to achieve things that I would have never done, meet different people and teh tarik and gastronomical forays. TCS took my raw love for singing, stretched it to the limits, giving it a defined and presentable shape, in particular playing Mary in Two From Galilee. I discovered that singing is hard work that pays off and shown the “whats and hows” and developed the confidence to perform alone. And of team work. As an individualist, I needed to learn to listen and be sensitive to others. Ultimately – we had to all sing together and sound as “One Voice”…not an easy task. I now reside in Perth work with an engineering company in the mining industry. I am as far away from singing as I could possibly be and hope that I will find a ‘TCS’ in Perth and have the opportunity to perform once again.”
Shirani was back in Malaysia in July 2008, to visit her mother here Ipoh. She made time to be with us and joined the chorus for the encore You Raise Me Up, at the final performance of A Grand Night for Singing. She plans to be visiting Malaysia again during Christmas 2008.
PHILIP POH YIK HSIUNG
Philip together with his wife his American wife Becky both speak fluent Mandarin and serve as humanitarian workers in a remote part of China. They visited Kuala Lumpur during Chinese New Year 2008 with little Isabella and met up with Yow Keong, San Sooi and HK.
He writes: “TCS provides one of the highest quality choral training in Malaysia. It is unpretentious, and offers a wide range repertoire not available in other singing groups in Malaysia. It is a lot of hard work, but the result is high artistic and musical satisfaction. Stage performance aside, the most precious thing I got out of TCS experience is friendships that last beyond singing and mamak stalls.”
Philip was a principal tenor for the oratorio The Rose of Sharon in 2003 and worked on other shows including Broadway styled musical Do You Hear the People Sing? in 2004. The Harvard University alumni, by the way he was on a full scholarship from Havard; has performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for the Pope, appeared at Sydney Opera House as an alumni of the Hamilton College Choir, Bristol University Chamber Choir and Harvard Glee Club; held recitals and performed in operas. His love for backpacking, outdoor sports and his travels have taken him everywhere save for Africa and South America. Here is our poster boy with his favourite girl.
Philip and Becky are expecting twin boys in May 2009!
ISAAC CHIA TENG HWANG
Isaac Chia served as Orchestrator and Conductor for two of our stage musicals, namely Do You Hear the People Sing? in 2004 and Refugee”Images in 2006. For Refugee:Images, he collaborated with Anson Ong, and responsible for scoring the music and then arrange it for a SATB chorus and orchestra. A music graduate of UCSI he freelances as a performer, teacher, composer/arranger. His plays the trumpet with the PJ Youth Symphonic Band, Kuala Lumpur Symphony Orchestra and appears with the National Symphony Orchestra.
In 2007, through an educational grant, TCS arranged a performing arts exposure trip for Isaac to visit New York to attend a series of Broadway shows and other performances and meet some leading personalities in the industry. Arrangements were made for him to attend working rehearsals and performances at the New York State Theatre and New York Metropolitan Opera; a performance by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, a lecture at The Juilliard School of Music as well as a jazz concert by jazz icon Wynton Marsalis and meeting up with Filipina superstar Lea Salonga after her performance in Les Miserables.
Isaac is currently studying language in France after which he will be pursing a degree in music composition. He currently lives out on his own in private accommodation and has learned to cook his own meals. When we last spoke with him over the phone, he mentioned that he was preparing to face the onslaught of his first winter.