UCSI University’s Institute of Music is Malaysia’s premier music school in both the classical and contemporary fields. The Institute has empowered students to chart careers in music for more than 31 years and it is at the heart of the Malaysian music industry.
Yim Shanhui is currently pursing her Foundation in Music at the Institute of Music, UCSI University. She is a Gold Award recipient of the Malaysia Arts Festival 2020 and the Bangkok International Piano Competition (BIPC 2020). She has also performed at the Menuhin Hall in the UK and at CCTV New Year’s Gala 2020.
As an active orchestral musician performing for numerous orchestras in Malaysia such as the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), Kuala Lumpur City Opera (KLCO), KLPac Orchestra, PenangPac Orchestra and Selangor Philharmonic Orchestra, Emily shared that IMus has shaped her into a well-rounded musician.
She added that the academic courses have also taught her a lot of practical knowledge, and shared how she misses being able to rush for assignment deadlines or exploring a wide range of repertoire in chamber music and orchestra classes.
Currently a Doctoral Candidate majoring in Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma, Meldy shared that IMus has had the reputation for being the gold standard in music academia and industry in the region for more than 31 years.
As a game music composer and music producer, Elmer’s biggest career highlight includes the creation of game music on Nintendo Switch, Dragon Marked for Death. Recently, Elmer collaborated with The Company Man by Forust Studio to produce Tiger Shark, a TS Reset Limited HK anime and a new Steam released game.
Currently a Brass Instructor in Melaka, Eric is attached to Kolej Yayasan Saad. He shared that his experience studying at the Institute of Music was one of the most significant phases in his life.
He added, “IMus has not only given me opportunities to perform and learn from professionals of the music industry, but also thought me the roles and responsibilities of a musician for the society. I am extremely grateful and will deeply treasure all the connections and memories I have made there, and will always be proud to be a part of the IMus family.”
Crinkle Cut is an all-female indie band that are made up of 4 graduates from the Institute of Music programme at UCSI University. Namely Frances Tsen (voice major, class of 2016), Melissa Wong (guitar major, class of 2017), Ashley Choong (piano major, class of 2013), and Grace Foo (piano major, class of 2015).
With more than 6,840 monthly listeners on Spotify, Crinkle Cut shared that it is no secret they were born and nurtured on the grounds of UCSI University.
Currently a member of the award-winning band JusFun 绝世房客, Li Yifei shared that she had learned a lot as a student at UCSI Institute of Music.
Here is what Li Yifei has to say as a former IMus student, “I was equipped with knowledge and experience to work in the music industry that we are in today. All of the courses studied have shaped me into a better musician by allowing me to develop my personal sound. This has certainty opened up more possibilities for me.”