Malaysia Outreach Collaborative Project 2023

Malaysia Outreach Collaborative Project 2023

An Uncommon Journey II

“An Uncommon Journey 2022” was a labor of love and massive undertaking by like-minded music educators and musicians to reconnect after two years, to share and learn and to make music together. Over 50 musicians, some traveling from out-of-state, gathered weekly at Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac) over a period of 13 weeks in the collaborative project. They worked alongside the KLPac Symphonic Band members, and performed two sold out concerts, under the baton of three esteemed guest conductors.

And we are back again for “An Uncommon Journey II”: Malaysia’s premiere youth wind ensemble, a comprehensive music education youth project. The Outreach Band provides an opportunity for the country’s outstanding 16-22 year old musicians to gather for an enriching and inspiring musical and cultural experience. It is an outstanding opportunity to perform under the leadership of guest conductors and to collaborate with a featured soloist. The Outreach Band experience also provided each of these young musicians the chance to network with some of the finest instrumentalists from across Malaysia. 

Our Vision and Purpose
Entry is by audition. The band performs advanced music and receives the highest quality artistic direction and teaching. This develops our young members as musicians to grow the next generation of outstanding winds, brass and percussion players, teachers, and music leaders. 

Our Philosophy
We aim to offer talented young wind band musicians an outstanding musical experience. We do this through:

  1. World-class teachers: We work with some of the best tutors in the country, as well as guests from around the world
  2. Lifelong friendships: Our inspirational courses support the development of new friendships with amongst young people with a shared love of music
  3. Innovative music: We perform some of the traditional pieces whilst challenge and extend what we can play and so commission new pieces from composers
  4. Equal opportunities: We aim to be a diverse and inclusive organization. We keep costs for participation low and provide financial support for those who need it

Team 2023
Music Director and Resident Conductor: Cheryl Mah
Guest Conductors: To be announced, Azharuddin bin Abdul Shukor
Featured Soloist: Chew Sze Gee, sponsored by Muramatsu Flute Malaysia
Project Manager: Dr. Low Chee Meng
and the collaboration with the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac) team

Language of instruction

Sunday February 1st – Announcement
Monday May 1st 00:00 – Last day for audition recording submission by clicking here (make sure to check out the USEFUL HINTS FOR MAKING AN AUDITION RECORDING)
Monday May 15th – Name list announcement (on this website, and through email for those admitted to the program)
Sunday May 28th – Online registration due
Monday May 29th – Receive digital copies of the music

Rehearsals (make sure you are able to attend ALL scheduled activities. Cancellations or missed rehearsals mean that the opportunity to play in this band is taken away from another deserving student)
Sunday June 11th, 10am – 1pm, KLPac
Sunday June 18th, 10am – 1pm, KLPac (a possible instruments repair/maintenance workshop after)
Sunday June 25th, 10am – 1pm, KLPac (a possible instruments repair/maintenance workshop after)
Sunday July 2nd, 10am – 1pm, KLPac
Tuesday July 4th, evening, KLPac Pentas 1
Wednesday July 5th, evening, KLPac Pentas 1
Thursday July 6th, evening, KLPac Pentas 1
Friday July 7th, evening, dress rehearsal KLPac Pentas 1

Saturday July 8th, 8:30pm KLPac Pentas 1
Sunday July 9th, 3pm KLPac Pentas 1
AND a potential concert at a nearby city in the following weeks.

Divertimento for flute by Alfred Reed (1921 – 2005)
King Cotton – John Philip Sousa (1854 – 1932)
Little Studies On a Folk Song – Henk Van Lijnschooten (1928 – 2006)
Voyages (1, 3, 4) – Jan Bosveld (b.1963)
Rasa Sayang – traditional, arranged by Wong Chee Yean
Farandole – George Bizet(1838 – 1875)/arranged Jay Bocook (b.1953)
Eternal Blossom Overture – Lim Yu Yao (b.1997)
Rifted Wed – Julie Giroux (b.1961)
Traffic – Thomas Doss (b.1966)
Soma Festival March – Yasuhide Ito (b.1960)
LOL – Robert Buckley (b.1946)
Flashing Winds – Jan Van der Roost (b.1956)

What do you get? 30 hours of engaging learning fun time!



Oboe/English Horn
Bb Clarinet
Bass Clarinet
Soprano Saxophone
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone

Horn in F
Bass Trombone
Double Bass

Project Manager: Dr. Low Chee Meng at

Snapshots from Outreach Collaborative Project 2022