Assistant Professor Terrence Ling Hung Shu

Assistant Professor

Academic Qualifications

Master of Education (Educational Leadership & Management)
BMus (Hons) Contemporary - Drums Performance

Areas of Interest
Contemporary Voice
Choral Studies
Contemporary Drums

Terrence Ling Hung Shu is a versatile and accomplished musician and educator. He obtained a Bachelor of Contemporary Music from UCSI University and later earned a Master of Educational Leadership and Management from UNITAR International University. 


Currently, Terrence serves as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Music, UCSI University, where he is dedicated to helping his students reach their full potential. He is an endorsing artist for Canopus Drums and a member of SEADOM 30u30, a group of young musicians making their mark in the music world. He is the organising chairperson of the UCSI National Music Competition, World Voice & Choral Competition, and Sarawak Contemporary Voice Open Masterclass.  


As an award-winning choral conductor, Terrence has led choirs to win Gold awards at competitions in Malaysia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Thailand, Finland, Indonesia and Italy. Notable achievements include winning the Grand Prix Finals at the 10th International Choir Festival, Grand Prix Thailand. His outstanding accomplishments also include receiving the Special Conductors Prize in Croatia and the award for Artistic Achievement in Musical Direction in Malaysia. 


In addition to his conducting roles, Terrence has established himself as a chorister, performing with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of renowned international conductors such as Benjamin Zander, Andreas Delf, Arnie Roth, and others. He has been involved in multiple productions at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas. Terrence has also been appointed as the Assistant Choral Conductor of Dithyrambic Singers for various concerts, including Carmina Burana, Final Fantasy, and Queen of Spades, with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Furthermore, he is an alumnus of the Indonesian Youth Choir, a premier choir dedicated to achieving excellence in choral singing. Terrence has showcased his talent as Draco in the Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary World Tour Concert at Plenary Hall Malaysia. 


Terrence is also sought after as a singing coach and adjudicator. In addition to conducting multiple workshops both locally and internationally, he has been invited to adjudicate prestigious events such as Sing! China, China Water Cube Cup Regional Finals in Malaysia, IX Jean Sibelius International Choir Festival, and Dimash Qudaibergen Live in Malaysia. He has also collaborated with Astro, a well-known local TV show, for various competitions and productions. 


As a session drummer, Terrence began performing professionally in his second year of college. He had the opportunity to collaborate with Toro Cheng Trio, one of the jazz pianists in Malaysia, and recorded their debut jazz album, "Pianistic Wolverine." Later, he joined NewSound, a multi-ethnic band comprising musicians from Scotland, Japan, and Malaysia, and they released their debut album, "Bearing Witness." Currently, Terrence is the drummer of the Malaysian Chinese jazz band, JSY, which consistently performs sold-out shows in the region. Terrence also has had the privilege of performing with various artists and musicians from countries such as the USA, UK, Italy, Netherlands, China, Indonesia, Thailand, and New Zealand. He has also showcased his talent at renowned jazz festivals including the Singapore International Jazz Festival, Malaysian Jazz Piano Festival, World Youth Jazz Festival, Borneo Jazz Festival, and the recent Disney in Concert at the Plenary Hall and Genting Highlands.  


Despite his many achievements and accolades, Terrence remains grounded and focused on his passion for music and education. He is committed to helping his students reach their full potential and spreading the joy of music to others. Terrence continues to strive for excellence in all that he does


Research / Conference Publications, Presentations, Performances / Recordings

Workshop / Masterclass / Vocal Coach  

  • 2022. SEADOM 30U30 Dialogue Sessions: Is The Digital World Changing Our Musical Identity
  • 2022. Music Nation Speaks: Fundamentals of Singing
  • 2022. UCSI National Music Competition: Audio and Video Recording for Competition
  • 2021. Changchun University, China: Choral Music in Malaysia
  • 2021. UCSI House of Talent: Singing Techniques
  • 2021. Vocal Coach for Grand Finalists at SunVoice 5, Intervarsity Singing Competition by Sunway University
  • 2021. Vocal Coach for KO Music Idol Program
  • 2021. Young Choral Academy: Audio Editing for Virtual Choir
  • 2020. Penang Han Chiang High School Choir: Audio Editing for Virtual Choir
  • 2018. The Guitar Store, Balakong: Drumming Fundamentals & Getting into the Industry


  • 2022. Cultures of China-Water Cube Cup, Chinese Song Contest, Sarawak Preliminary Round
  • 2022. UCSI National Music Competition, Preliminary Round
  • 2021. IX Jean Sibelius International Choir Competition
  • 2021. SUBG 3.0, Singing Unknown Battleground Intervarsity Singing Competition
  • 2020. Cultures of China-Water Cube Cup, Chinese Song Contest, Malaysia Grand Final
  • 2020. SUBG 2.0, UCSI Singing Competition
  • 2020. Malaysian Open + Children Online Singing Competition
  • 2020. "Show Me Your Voice" National Singing Competition
  • 2018, 2017. INTI College "The Idol" Grand Final
  • 2018. KK Music & Dance Festival

Music Publication 

Performance Highlights 

  • 2022, 2019, 2017, 2015. Malaysian Jazz Piano Festival
  • 2022. TVB Star Academy Malaysia Grand Final
  • 2020. Malaysian Jazz Marathon, Keeping Music Alive Concert, Royal Selangor
  • 2019. Nancy Wu Live in Concert, Arena of Star Genting Highland
  • 2019, 2018. Astro Classic Golden Melody Grand Final and Concert
  • 2019. International Jazz Day, Penang Performing Arts Centre
  • 2019. UCSI Piano Pedagogy Conference, An Evening with Denny Euprasert
  • 2019, 2018, 2017. No Black Tie International Jazz Day
  • 2018. Big Band of Penang, Penang Performing Arts Centre
  • 2018. Henk Kraaijeveld, Passengers Album Launch, Melaka
  • 2018. Concert with Damian Erskine, UCSI University
  • 2018. Iskandar Puteri Jazz Festival
  • 2018. Borneo Jazz Festival
  • 2018. World Youth Jazz Festival
  • 2018. Singapore International Jazz Festival
  • 2017. UCSI Piano Pedagogy Conference, An Evening with Michael Veerapen
  • 2018, 2017. Publika Jazz Festival
  • 2016. JB Art Festival

Networks / Industry Linkages / Memberships

  • Malaysian Artist of SEADOM 30 Under 30 Project
  • Malaysian Artist of Canopus Drums
  • Member of the International Federation of Choral Music
  • Member of The Association of Malaysia Chinese Artistes
  • Member of Performers Rights & Interest Society of Malaysia Berhad

Other Accolades / Achievements

  • Dames of Harmonia (Choir Director & Conductor)
    • 2022. Gold Award at the 20th Anniversary Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod National Choir Competition
    • 2022. Awarded Special Jury Award for Artistic Achievement on Musical Direction at the 20th Anniversary Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod National Choir Competition
    • 2021. Silver Award at the IX Jean Sibelius International Choir Festival
    • 2021. Silver Award at the RIMINI International Choir Competition
  • OctaVox Malaysia (Choir Director)
    • 2020. Gold Award at the World Virtual Choir Festival
    • 2020. Gold Award at the RIMINI International Choir Competition
  • UCSI University Chamber Choir (Choir Conductor)
    • 2019. Gold Award at 3rd International Choir Competition, Croatia
    • 2019. Awarded Special Conductor Prizes for Artistic Impression at the 3rd International Choir Competition, Croatia
    • 2019. Gold Award at 47th Festival of Songs Olomouc
  • UCSI University Singers (Choir Director)
    • 2019. Gold Award at the 12th International Choir Festival, Grand Prix Pattaya
  • UCSI University Concert Choir (Choir Conductor)
    • 2017. Grand Prix Winner & Gold Award at the 10th International Choir Festival, Grand Prix Pattaya