Alumna, Bachelor of Classical Music (Hons) - Class of 2017

i. Awarded the Grand Prize in the New York International Young Musicians Competition, 2022

ii. Recipient of the Spring 2020 Alumni Association Outstanding Master’s Graduate Award at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette

iii. Silver Certificate at Kingsburg International Piano Competition 2016

UCSI Chamber Choir


Multiple award-winning university choirs

i. UCSI Chamber Choir

  • Two Gold Awards at the World Choralympic 2020 in Pyeongchang, South Korea
  • Gold Award at the 3rd International Choral Competition in Karlovac, Croatia in 2019
  • Gold Medal and Grand Prix Finalist at the 47th Festival of Songs, International Choir Competition MUNDI CANTANT 2019 in Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • Silver Award in Taipei International Choral Festival 2018
  • Gold Medal at the 5th Vietnam International Choir Competition 2017
  • Level B Choir Award at the 13th China International Chorus Festival 2016
  • Gold Medal at the 4th Bali International Choir Festival 2015
  • Gold Medal and the Grand Prix Finalist at the 7th International Choir Festival, Grand Prix Pattaya 2014
  • Silver Award and one Performance Gold Award at the HK International Youth and Children’s Choir Festival 2013

ii. UCSI Concert Choir

  • Gold Medal and Grand Prix Absolute Winner at the 10th International Choir Festival, Grand Prix Pattaya 2017
  • Silver Award at the 9th Orientale Concentus International Choral Festival in Singapore 2016
  • Gold Medal at the 11th China International Choir Festival 2012
  • Gold Award at the 3rd International Choral Festival Orientale Concentus in Taiwan 2010

iii. UCSI University Singers

  • Gold Medal and Grand Prix finalist at the 12th International Choir Festival, Grand Prix Pattaya 2019

iv. UCSI Chorale

  • Performed with Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of international conductors, Roberto Abbado for Carmina Burana (2018), Jessica Cottis for Ola Bola The Movie (2017), Benjamin Zander for Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (2016), and Andreas Delfs for Mozart’s Requiem (2015)


Internationally sought-after choral composer and arranger

i. Assistant Professor of Choral Studies at Western University and Conductor of Grand Philharmonic Youth Choir in Ontario, Canada

ii. 2019 Canadian Composer Feature for the Canadian Kodály Journal, Alla Breve

iii. Recipient of the 2018-19 McMaster University Student Union Teaching Award

iv. 2016 & 2017 Elmer Iseler National Graduate Fellowship in Choral Conducting

v. Published choral pieces on Cypress Choral Music (Canada), Graphite Publishing (USA), and Young Choral Academy (Malaysia). It has been performed by Malaysian, North American, European, and Southeast Asian choirs at international competitions and festivals

Onn San


Award-winning composers

i. First Malaysian to graduate with a Masters Degree in Musical Theatre Writing at the New York University, Tisch School of The Arts

ii. Nominated for “Best Original Film Score” at the 56th Golden Horse Award in 2019

iii. Chosen composer for the official ceremonies of the 9th ASEAN Paralympic Games in 2017

iv. Composer for Ola Bola and won the “Best Original Film Score” award at the 28th Malaysian Film Festival in 2016

v. Nominated five times for the Kakiseni’s Boh Cameronian Arts Awards and won three including “Best Original Music”, “Best Musical Director”, and “Audience Choice Award”.


Alumna, Bachelor of Contemporary Music (Hons) – Class of 2020

i. Spotify’s EQUAL ambassador for Singapore & Malaysia in 2022

ii. Best Vocal Performance Winner and Popular Singers at the Anugerah Juara Lagu ke-36 in 2022

iii. Winner of The Masked Singer Malaysia 2020

iv. Senior Grand Champion Vocalist of the World Championships of Performing Arts Hollywood in California 2014

v. Second place at Mentor Legend 2014


Alumnus, Bachelor of Contemporary Music (Hons) – Class of 2021

i. Valedictorian recipient at 34th UCSI University Convocation

ii. Curator of Rescore with Encore, a workshop series on rearrangement for music educators around the Asia Pacific region teaching reharmonization and improvisation techniques using the Encore music syllabus

iii. Curator of Jazz from Scratch program teaching intermediate-to-advanced level jazz theory concepts to music students and educators with minimal understanding of jazz.

iv. US Department of State Scholarship Recipient under the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program to University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

v. Invited participant of the Commonwealth Youth Dialogue Conference in 2019

vi. Led the only Malaysian jazz band to battle at the Grand Final of the Singapore International Jazz Battle and Forum in 2018

vii. Winner of the 3rd Malaysian Jazz Piano Competition in 2017



Alumnus, Bachelor of Classical Music (Hons) – Class of 2018

i. Featured solo pianist of the Yellow River Piano Concerto with Malaysian Century Chinese Orchestra in 2017

ii. Won the Best Performance Award in the Winner’s Concert held at Carnegie Hall, New York in 2014

iii. Performed with Malaysian Philharmonic in the Saint-Seans’ The Carnival of the Animals as one of the featured pianists for the “Carnival” in 2014

iv. Youngest Malaysian to clinch first place in the prestigious American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music 2013

v. Second place at the 13th Hong Kong (Asia Pacific) Piano Competition in 2012

vi. Winner of the Roland Piano Festival in 2010

vii. Awarded with two Gold prizes at the Asia International Summer Piano Festival in South Korea 2007

Maxy Chan Mei Xuan


Alumna, Bachelor of Classical Music (Hons) – Class of 2019

i. Invited as one of the speakers for the theme: Synchronization titled “Get Your Life in Sync” at TEDxUCSIUniversity 2017

ii. Self-organized a fund-raising concert for UNICEF Malaysia titled “TOMORROW” in 2017

iii. Presented a lecture-recital at UCSI Piano Pedagogy Conference 2017 on Performance Perspectives on Ng Chong Lim’s A Distant Voice of the Rain Forest: Musical Elements, Preparation Guidelines, and Interpretations

iv. First Malaysian to win the Gold Award at the 2013 Asia Piano Competition in Taiwan and 2014 Asia Music Competition in Seoul

v. Appeared as a performer in Fringe Stage Programme at the 10th Penang Island Jazz Festival, 11th Johor Bahru Arts Festival, Trinity Awards and Concert Kuala Lumpur/ Selangor, 22nd Kota Kinabalu Music Festival, 3rd EUROASIA Youth Music Festival Young Artistes in Concert, Trinity’s Diploma Conferment Ceremony, 41st Klang Music Festival, WebTV Asia Awards at Sunway Convention Centre, and “Crossover: Carnival of Venice” Concert.


Alumna, Bachelor of Contemporary Music (Hons) – Class of 2013

i. Winner of the 2020 AIM Chinese Music Award, Best New Artist and Best Drama/Movie Theme Song

ii. Released debut album ‘Abstract', in 2016 and nominated for Best New Artist at the Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan

iii. Best Song Performer and Winner of 8TV Ultimate Song Competition in 2013