About Choir

Established in 2004, University of Macau Choir (UM Choir) aims to enrich the music culture in UM, to promote chorus music, and to provide high-quality music performance for all UM members. At present, UM Choir has around 80 student members from different faculties. We hold at least two concerts annually and actively perform in the University events and ceremonies. UM Choir has been under the direction of Mr. Lo Pui Kwan since 2007.

  Founded for more than ten years, UM choir has played an important role in promoting music in the campus. Besides organizing regular concerts in the campus, it has also cooperated with other domestic and oversea choirs. In 2009, UM Choir and “Macau Voice” performed the work of the Baroque musician Marc-Antoine Charpentier.  In May 2012, being invited by the Cultural Affairs Bureau of Macau SAR, UM Choir performed in the “A Night of Fantasy – Anime and Video Game Music”, cooperating with “Macau Voice” and “The Macao Orchestra”. In May 2013, we were invited to perform in the “Perfect Harmony” which was one of the concerts targeting Macao citizens and sponsored by the Macao Foundation.

  What’s more, UM Choir endeavors to introduce the University of Macau to the world through oversea visitations and exchanges. It has been invited to visit various countries and regions in East and South-East Asia including Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Penang in Malaysia and Shanghai (Expo 2010 Shanghai China – Shanghai World Expo Music Festival). In October 2010, UM choir was invited to visit the Peking University, exchanged and performed with the Peking University Choir. In December 2012, UM Choir participated in the performance of “Beethoven Symphony 9” in Hong Kong jointly with Hong Kong Bach Choir and Orchestra. In December 2013, our members visited the Yang-ming University & Chengchi University in Taiwan and held a joint concert. “Beethoven Symphony No. 9”, presented at Bangkok Rangsit University, and the “8th International Choir Festival Grand Prix Pattaya” with winning a Silver Medal in the Category (Chamber Choirs) in this Competition. In November 2015, we participated in the IFCM World Choral Expo, and won a Gold Medal . In October 2018,UM Choir were the first Macau high school and troupe to perform at the National Centre for the performing arts for Beijing International choral festival. 

Contact Person
Student Resources Section (E31-2007)
Ms. Sandy Sou

Tel:(853) 8822 9909
Fax: (853) 8822 2368
Email: sao.services@um.edu.mo

Conductor – Mr. Wilson Lo Pui Kwan

Born in Hong Kong, Willson Lo Pui Kwan was raised in Macau. He took his first piano lesson at the age of six from Helen Chong Mio Wah.  Since then, he had won several first prizes in the Macau Youth Music Competition and was awarded the Diploma of the Trinity College London.  He was enrolled in the Diploma in Conducting at the University of Hong Kong School of Professional and Continuing Education following Dr. Jerome Hoberman and Prof. Raymond Fu.

Willson has started conducting since school-age and founded the Gregory Male Choir; during which he had also conducted several church choirs and played as an organist.  Besides, he had ever conducted a number of school choirs in the Inter-School Singing Competitions and had always been given compliments.  He has been an accompanist of the Macao Perosi Choir since 1998 and was awarded ‘The Prize for Excellent Accompaniment’ in the 6th China International Chorus Festival in 2002.     He joined the 7th World Symposium on Choral Music in Kyoto, Japan in 2005, where he joined the conducting master class by Masaaki Suzuji and Dan-Olof Stenlund.

Willson plays actively as a pianist, organist and conductor in Macao, Hong Kong and China.  In various concerts including the Macao Arts Festival and the Macao International Music Festival, he performed harmoniously with many international soloists and ensembles. He has cooperated and conducted many ensembles such as: The Hong Kong Bach Choir and Orchestra, Hong Kong Methodist College Choir, Macao Chamber Orchestra (formerly the Cultural Institute of Macao), Macao Orchestra, Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra, Coro Perosi, Macau University Choir, Angeles University Choir, Escola do S.S. Rosario Children Choir Salesianos de Dom Bosco Children Choir and many other academic ensembles.

In 2003, Willson was invited to join the Hong Kong Bach Choir and Orchestra as an assistant conductor.  During which he has assisted and rehearsed many sets of large-scale chorus and symphony works including Brahms’ German Reqiuem, Bach’s Magnificat in D, the Hong Kong premieres of Tippett’s A child of our time and the world’s premiere of Hong Kong composer Joyce Wai-chung Tang’s Cold Mountain etc…  Besides, he conducts the chorus works of J.S. Bach, Edward Elgar, Claudio Monteverdi, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arov Pärt, Górecki and Doming Lam which brought him great success. In 2006, he was commissioned by Macau University to compose an orchestra and choir work “Academic Festival” which was performed by Macau University Choir, Angeles University Choir and Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Willson created the Macao Voices in 2007 and took up the position of Music Director and Chief Conductor. At present he is the member of Royal College of Organists (RCO). Willson has a wide range of interests including, film editing, jazz music, the art of organ building, Chinese folk art and contemporary art.

Training Schedule:

Every Wednesday: 19:00 – 22:00, E31-G007
Every Friday: 19:30 – 22:30, E31-G007
Every Saturday: 14:30 – 17:30, E31-G007

Eligibility & Application

Requirements:

  • Interested in choral music
  • Absolutely available for attending our compulsory weekly trainings
  • Ability to do sign-reading (scores)
  • Prior singing experience
  • Pass an audition (audition including testing voice parts, sign-reading, and tempo)

Application Method

If you are interested in joining Choir, please fill in the application form 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSchg3J4-pFIpgAFHZEGDHMQALXHbc61pm5llgx30vWopAKgbg/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

Date Programme Presented by
2019/09 Yellow River Motherland Chorus in MGM Cotai theatre UM Choir
2019/09 Kowloon East District Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the PRC UM Choir
2019/08 U-Performance UM Choir
2019/05 Exchange concert with the university of Pennsylvania UM Choir and UPenn Glee Club
2019/04 Campus concert “You can’t stop the beat!” UM Choir
2018/08 Convocation UM Choir
UM Symphonic Band
2018/05 Congregation 2018 UM Choir
UM Symphonic Band
2018/04 UM Open Day UM Choir
UM Symphonic Band
UM String Orchestra
UM Dance Troupe
UM Chinese Orchestra
Other artists and performing groups
2018/04 UM Symphonic Band X UM Choir X SRLE Handbell Group Concert UM Choir
UM Symphonic Band
SRLE Handbell
2017/11 UM Choir Campus Concert – “Stay Gold” UM Choir
2017/05 Congregation 2017 UM Choir
UM Symphonic Band
2017/04 UM Choir Campus Concert – “Wandering & Wondering” UM Choir
2017/04 UM Open Day UM Choir
UM Symphonic Band
UM String Orchestra
Other artists and performing groups
2016/05 Congregation 2016 UM Choir
UM Symphonic Band
2016/04 UM Choir Campus Concert – “With Love Along The Music Journey” UM Choir
UM Symphonic Band
UM String Orchestra
2016/03 UMacau 35th Anniversary— Talent Show UM Choir
UM Symphonic Band
UM String Orchestra
UM Dance Troupe
UM Chinese Music Orchestra
2016/03 UM Open Day UM Choir
UM Symphonic Band
UM String Orchestra
Other artists and performing groups
2015/11 IFCM World Choral Expo UM Choir
2015/10 UM Cultural Night UM Choir
UM Symphonic Band
String Orchestra
UM Dance Troupe
2015/10 Sinfonia de Amor UM Choir
Other artists and performing groups
2015/07 8th International Choir Festival Grand Prix Pattaya UM Choir
2015/07 Beethoven Symphony No. 9(Rangsit University) UM Choir
Other choirs from Bangkok
Siam Philharmonic Orchestra
2015/05 Congregation 2015 UM Choir
UM Symphonic Band
2015/05 UM Culture & Arts Team Music Camp Recital UM Choir
UM String Orchestra
UM Symphonic Band
2015/04 Guitappella UM Choir
UM Guitar Society
2015/04 UM Choir Campus Concert – “Voices of Spring” UM Choir
2015/03 Art Feast – Choir & String Orchestra UM Choir
String Orchestra
2014/11 UM Choir 10th Anniversary Concert “Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms” UM Choir
2014/10 UM Choir Roadshow UM Choir
2014/10 Harmonic Acappella UM Choir
Faith Hope & Love Harmonica Ensemble
2014/10 UM Culture & Arts Festival Grand Opening Parade UM Choir
UM Chinese Music Orchestra
UM Dance Troupe
UM String Orchestra
UM Symphonic Band
2014/06 Congregation 2014 UM Choir
UM Symphonic Band
2014/05 Performance at the activity of European National Day UM Choir
2014/05 Joint Concert with Yang-ming University Choir & Chengchi University Choir (Macau) UM Choir
Yang-ming University Choir
Chengchi University Choir
2013/12 Cultural Exchange and Joint Concert with Yang-ming University Choir & Chengchi University Choir (Taiwan) UM Choir
Yang-ming University Choir
Chengchi University Choir
2013/12 Campus Concert: Ever-lasting Voices UM Choir
2013/12 Congregation 2013 UM Choir
UM Symphonic Band
2013/11 New Campus Inauguration Ceremony UM Choir
UM String Orchestra
UM Symphonic Band
2013/10 2012/2013 Scholarship and Rector’s Honor List Presentation Ceremony UM Choir
UM String Orchestra
UM Symphonic Band
2013/09 U-team Recruitment Culture & Arts U-teams
2012/06 Mini Concert for PG reception 2013 UM Choir
UM String Orchestra
UM Symphonic Band
2013/05 “Perfect Harmony” UM Choir
Macao Voices
2013/03 UM Culture & Arts Festival 2013: “Yesterday Once More” UM Choir
HKUSU Christian Choir
2012/12 Beethoven 9 (Hong Kong Cultral Centre) UM Choir
Macao Voices
The Hong Kong Bach Orchestra
The Hong Kong Bach Choir
2012/11 Ceremony for Conferment of Honorary Degrees and Higher Degrees 2012 UM Choir & Symphonic Band
2012/10 2012 Shanghai Jiao Tong University International Collegiate Culture and Arts Festival UM Choir
2012/06 2011/2012 Congregation UM Choir
UM String Orchestra
UM Symphonic Band
2012/05 A Night of Fantasy – Anime and Video Game Music UM Choir
Macau Voices (MV)
The Macao Orchestra
2012/04 Campus Road Show UM Choir
2011/11 UM 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner UM Choir
2011/08 Musical Exchange Concert of Macao, Hong Kong and Nanjing Youth Orchestra UM Choir
2011/04 Greeting Summer Concert UM Choir
Dolce Voce.
2011/04 A Cappella Master Class and Concert 2011 Molk (Shanghai)
Mosaic (Hong Kong)
City Singer (Xiamen)
Miss Angelina Choo (Founder of The A Cappella Society in Singapore)
2010/10 Joint concert for Cultural and Sport Exchange Activity with Peking University UM Choir
Peking University Choir
2009/07 2009 A Voyage of Songs International Chorus Festival (Penang, Malaysia ) UM Choir
2009/05 Campus Concert in 2009 UM Cultural Arts Festival UM Symphonic Band
UM Choir
Chorus, Military Band, Symphony Orchestra and Opera Team from Tsinghua University
2008/12 2008 UM Christmas Concert UM Symphonic Band
UM Choir
2008/10 2008 Taiwan International Contemporary A Cappella Festival Taipei, Taiwan
2008/05 1st UM Chorus Festival UM Choir
Coro De San Jacinto and Saint Paul University Philippines Chorale
2007/11 2007 Campus Concert UM Symphonic Band
UM Choir
Choir from Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT)
Macao Youth Symphonic Band (YSB)
Macau Voices (MV)
2007/05 Summer Concert UM Choir
2006/10 2006 Campus Concert UM Choir
Angeles University Foundation Concert Chorale
Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra Association
2006/10 Recitation of UM Choir & AUF Concert Chorale UM Choir
Angeles University Foundation Concert Chorale