A recently conferred Master of Music (Conducting) from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, National University of Singapore in 2017, Francis Tan embarked on his music education with Indiana University and Australian National University where he studied under several notable instrumentalists and pedagogues including Steven Pratt and Douglas Stotter (Professors of Conducting at Indiana University) and Steve Rosse (Lecturer in Tuba at Australian National University).
His all-encompassing mission as a conductor is to inject classical and wind band music into Singapore’s cultural DNA in varying capacities. To this end, Francis contributes extensively to the music field through coaching and conducting bands and orchestras at community arenas. His conducting portfolio includes his current role as Assistant Conductor of West Winds, Band of the Bukit Batok Community Club, and Associate Conductor of the National University of Singapore Wind Symphony. He also conducts the National University of Singapore Alumni Symphony Orchestra.
Orchestra (NAO) and has guest conducted the Orchestra of the Music Makers (OMM) (2017) and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra (2015/2017). At the national level, he has guest conducted at two Junior College-Polytechnic Band Festivals (2011-2012) and has been frequently invited as clinician for the Wind Bands Association Youth Band Festivals (2014-2016). He was also Conductor/Presenter at various outreach concerts for diverse audiences, including the Nurturing with Nature: Centre for Fathering Charity Concert (2016), “If Instruments Could Speak“.
What Would They Say? (2016) and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Children’s Concert (2016). Francis is also the Band Director of award-winning Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) Symphonic Band. Under his direction, the band clinched the Championship title at the 2016 Singapore International Band Festival (Division 2A) and the Certificate of Distinction or Gold Award for the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation for Band (Concert) for four consecutive festivals since 2009. His passion is in developing student leadership through involvement in band programmes that emphasise on character development through musicmaking.
His belief that each band student can be a student leader in his or her own right has fuelled his development of distinctive yet holistic band curricula that are responsive to the demands of the evolving education and music landscape. His ongoing professional interests has seen him participating in Porto International Conducting Workshops (2014) and Tokyo International Conducting Seminar (2015, 2016). Aspiring to contribute more to the local band scene, Francis is also an executive committee member of the Wind Bands Association of Singapore.