DR. MYRLEENE GRACE YAP

Dean and Associate Professor of Church Music and Worship.

Dr. Myrleene Grace Yap (叶慕灵博士) is an Associate Professor of Church Music and Worship. She joined the School of Church Music faculty in July 2006 and served as the Field Education Director from 2008 to 2017. She is now the Academic Dean since July 2012.

The Lord called her to “train the trainers” (2 Tim. 2:2) and to “teach them everything [the Lord has] commanded” (Matt 28:19-20). He equipped her to this end through her ministries as music, worship, and youth pastor at Davao Evangelical Church, Philippines, for seven years, and in various ministry positions in Philippines, Texas, and Singapore.

By God’s grace, the Lord is using her to teach future music and worship pastors, seminary church music faculty, and denominational leaders from over ten nations various worship and music ministry courses to become adaptable pastor-musicians. She regularly teaches, preaches, and leads worship in international, national, and denominational church music and worship conferences, symposiums, consultations, workshops, and seminaries in Asia. In her teaching ministries, she is passionate about teaching the Word, showing that worship and music ministry is more than just about music, but about disciple-making, pointing people back to the Lord, and helping them to respond to Him through music and other resources. She seeks to point people back to the Lord, help music/worship leaders be spiritual leaders to the people God entrusted to their care, and guide churches who are ready to realign their music and worship ministries to God’s kingdom purposes.

Seeing the need of Asian churches for resources, Dr. Yap is a co-editor and co-compiler of two bilingual choral collections: Doxa: Christian Choral Music Series and Where Two or Three Parts Are Gathered. She designs special services, hymn festivals, and concert programs for churches. She helps churches in Indonesia and Philippines as worship and music ministry consultant. She also writes CD reviews for Impact Magazine.

Dr. Yap is a member of Mt. Carmel Bible Presbyterian Church and Davao Evangelical Church.

PS. JOSEPH LEE

Associate Professor of Church Music and Worship.

Blessed with a strong music education from Trinity College of Music, London, Joseph Lee pioneered the Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s (SSO) education programme Experiences in Music (1992-1998) and was actively involved in Singapore’s classical music scene. Joseph received his Master in Divinity with Church Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Texas, USA) in 2006. At Bartley Christian Church, Singapore, he served as pastor in for a total of 12 years, and is currently a volunteer Associate Pastor, giving pastoral care to Cell-groups, and to the Music and Creative Arts Ministry. He continues to enjoy pastoral opportunities and preaches regularly at his church and among the community of believers.

He is Associate Professor at the Singapore Bible College and sees God’s hand in impacting lives, churches and communities through  SBC’s extension programme. The Master of Ministry (MMin) in Worship and Music (two majors: Choral Conducting and Ministry Leadership), was launched in Bandung, Indonesia in November 2017.

Apart from teaching and pastoral duties, Joseph is in the process of completing his doctoral studies in Biola University in the USA. Married to Amelia, he enjoys his family of 3 boys, always coaxing them to share his love for cooking, cycling and retracing his Indonesian roots.

DR. JOEL NAVARRO

Professor of Choral Conducting.

Dr Joel Navarro teaches and administers Choral Conducting majors in the graduate level. He directs the Canticorum, SBC Chorale, and the SBC Singers. Previously, he taught at Calvin College. Earlier, he was assistant professor and one-time Chair of the Choral Conducting Department at the University of the Philippines College of Music. In 2016, the University bestowed him the Reynaldo T. Paguio Award in Conducting on its centennial anniversary.

He was known internationally as the former Music Director and Conductor of the Ateneo de Manila University Glee Club which amassed a string of top prizes in European choral competitions during his 22-year tenure. Dr Navarro has been invited to Asia and the United States to give lectures, workshops, and choir clinics. In 2002 he was one of 31 scholars to lecture at the 6th World Symposium of Choral Music held in Minneapolis.

In the United States, The Capella of Calvin College under his direction won prizes at the Florilege Vocal de Tours International Competition in 2008. In 2014, Calvin College gave him the lone From Every Nation Faculty Award, given to an outstanding faculty member for promoting goals of interculturalism and racial reconciliation.

To scores of his prize-winning conducting students, he is a beloved mentor, faithful discipler, lifelong learner, and a fastidious supporter of programs which enable his students to expand their influence as servant-leaders, collaborative artists, and interdisciplinary scholars. Passionate about composition, integration of faith and learning, and intersections of indigeneity in modernity, Dr. Navarro continues to write and arrange hymns, anthems, art, concert, and worship music for professional, university, community, and church choirs. His choral compositions are published by Musica Manila, GIA Publications, and Adoro Music Publishing.

He is married to Amy Navarro. They have three grown children who live in Manila, Calgary, and Nairobi. They have two young granddaughters.

MR. EUDENICE PALARUAN

Associate Professor of Choral Conducting.

 Mr. Eudenice Palaruan served 18 years as a faculty in the Theory and Choral Conducting Department of the University of the Philippines College of Music. He was also invited to teach Liturgical Composition, Vocal Method and Choral Literature in the graduate program of two other institutions; the St. Paul University Manila College of Music and the Asian Institute for Liturgy & Music (AILM).

Mr. Eudenice served as a resident composer and arranger of the Philippine Madrigal Singers and the Ateneo de Manila College Glee Club. He was the conductor of the San Miguel Master Chorale, the Greenhills Christian Fellowship and the Union Church of Manila Chancel Choir. For the past seven years he was the resident conductor of the International Bamboo Organ Festival where he directed many of Philippines’ leading choirs in the performance of early European choral music and the revival of Latin American baroque choral music.

As a composer he introduced choral and vocal works that exhibit the indigenous Filipino sound. His compositions and arrangements are published by the Philippine Madrigal Singers, the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) and performed by Asian and European choirs in international festivals and competitions. With his active involvement in the choralization of Philippine and other Asian indigenous music, he is often invited to give lectures in Asia and Europe.

Mr. Eudenice is currently the Choral Director of the Singapore Symphony Chorus and an associate professor at the School of Church Music in Singapore Bible College. He is married to a liturgical dance choreographer, Ann Lagumen and they have three children. In the largest dumpsite of Metro Manila known as the Smoky Mountain both Eudenice and Ann were involved in giving dance and music lessons to underprivileged young children under the Philippine Christian Foundation.

DR. VIRGINIA TSAI

Associate Professor of Composition and Music Education.

Dr. Virginia Tsai is an Associate Professor teaching composition and arranging, music education, and piano courses. She has been a faculty of the School of Church Music since January 2010.

Her choral compositions and arrangements include Prayers of the Saints, Tenebrae: A Musical Commentary to Philippians 2:6-11, Be Thou My Vision (A Musical Commentary). She also writes short solo and choral works, including Psalm 23 and I’d Rather Have Jesus. She is a co-compiler in the recently-published bilingual choral collection, Where Two or Three Parts Are Gathered.

God has called her to train and encourage music and worship ministry leaders and members in different parts of Southeast Asia. She is invited regularly to give workshops and training for pianists, accompanists, choirs, and worship leaders of churches and parachurch organizations, and to teach church music educators. She helps leaders and churches design and lead programs, such as hymn festivals, musicals, and special services. She gives private consultations to ministry leaders. She also serves as pianist and accompanist for special events and performances.

Dr. Tsai comes with a wealth of ministry experiences. While in Fort Worth, Texas, she served as pianist and women’s choir conductor of River Oaks Baptist Church for eight years, and as pianist for the senior adult choir, youth choir, occasional choir, and worship services at Gambrell St. Baptist Church for nine years. She was the music and youth pastor of Boscombe Church, Singapore for three years. She was the choral conductor of Grace Christian Church, Manila, for fifteen years, and the pianist for twenty years. She also conducted the youth choir of the United Evangelical Church of the Philippines, Manila, for six months.

Because of her own musical exposure in the Philippines, U.S.A., and Singapore, as well as her exposure to people from different cultural and musical backgrounds, Dr Tsai endeavours to help people from where their roots are, and to use their God-given abilities and resources to reach out to their nations.

Dr. Tsai is a member of Grace Christian Church in Manila, Philippines and River Oaks Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. She worships regularly at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer where she serves as a pianist.

MR. TONY CHONG

Adjunct Lecturer for Worship Team.

Tony Chong attended Bartley Christian Church (Singapore) since a teen in the youth fellowship.  Today he serves as full-time staff of the same church as Worship Arts and Creative Director.

It was whilst serving at a music outreach rally in 1996, that Tony received God’s call to “bring the unchanging gospel to an ever-changing culture” (1 Cor 9:19-23).  Since then, God has led him to different parts of South East Asia to evangelize and equip local churches in music outreach and worship. By the grace of God, Tony mentors and influences worship and music leaders, in seminaries, schools of church music, and churches across Singapore and East Asia.  His goal is that these leaders become missional and Christ-committed followers.

He is passionate about equipping musicians spiritual leadership and to be faithful to the call of Missio Dei.  He is actively engaged with artistes and musicians in the Singapore Chinese pop music industry, performing and recording. He is often featured in music albums, TV-dramas and commercial music.  Tony believes these opportunities are means of connecting and engaging non-believers in the marketplace, and to mentor believers to be salt and light in their field.

Tony  is currently in the Masters of Ministry program, Worship and Music Leadership with Bandung Theological Seminary and Singapore Bible College.  At the same time, he is  an adjunct lecturer at the Singapore Bible College, teaching courses on worship teams. Married to Sabrina, they are blessed with three lovely daughters in their teens “

DR. MING SOOHOO

SBC School of Church Music Counselor.

Dr. Ming SooHoo is a missionary serving in Singapore for the past 10 years. She is a trained Christian Counsellor with an EdD and MAC. She is a senior counsellor at the Haven Counselling Centre of Singapore Bible College.  She has been especially providing counselling services for the students in the school of music since 2012 and did research on church music leaders.  She has been blessed with many opportunities to lecture and conduct seminars or workshops in various topics on emotional health at SBC, local churches and the missions field.  As a former pastor’s wife, she was involved in discipleship and leadership training at the Chinese American Church in the U.S

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