Zhonghua Chinese Orchestra (ZHCO) was founded in 2001 with only 13 members. Over the years, we have grown from strength to strength to become one of the most popular CCAs in the school with over 100 members currently.
The promotion of the appreciation of Chinese music and culture is one of our primary aims, all the more so since most or our new members enter with little or no musical background or experience. The holistic development of our students is also of utmost importance, hence we also inculcate a strong sense of personal responsibility, teamwork and mental resilience through a myriad of activities which goes beyond music-related performances and competitions. We also aim to nurture individuals with strong leadership qualities by offering students opportunities to lead and guide their peers and as ambassadors of our CCA and school to the general public.
The Orchestra has participated in numerous school-based events and in public performances, giving our students a platform to build up their self-confidence and to showcase their talents. These are also opportunities to reach out to the wider community and to share the joy of Chinese music with them.
We have performed consistently well in major national competitions. Since the Orchestra's debut in the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Central Judging for Chinese Orchestras in 2005, we have achieved the Gold Award in 2005, 2007 and 2009. In 2011, we became the first and only Performing Arts Group in the school's history to attain the pinnacle Gold (with Honours) Award. Since the revamp of the SYF Central Judging criteria in 2013, we continued to maintain our high standards, attaining the top Certificate of Distinction Award in SYF Arts Presentation in 2013, 2015 and 2017 and 2019.
We value each member of the Orchestra and we ensure that each of them graduate from the school with an invaluable, enriching and memorable experience. Since 2005, each and every one of our regular members attained a Distinction grade in CCA.
Together with the support of the school, our dedicated conductor, instructors and teachers-in-charge, Zhonghua Chinese Orchestra will continue to strive for excellence and bring glory to the school.
- 2005, 2007 & 2009 Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Central
Judging for Chinese Orchestras
- 2011 Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Central Judging for Chinese
---– Gold with Honours
- 2013, 2015, 2017 & 2019 Singapore Youth Festival Arts
Presentation for Chinese Orchestras
---- Certificate of Distinction