Promote church music for The Glorification of God and Edification of Man
The mission of HOS is to promote and raise the standard of church music in the Asian region. Through its concerts, music training, recordings and publications, HOS cultivates and trains talents in church music as well as encourage and challenge Christians to serve in the Church Music Ministry, with the aim of raising the standard and quality of church music amongst the churches.
Hallelujah Oratorio Society
The origins of Hallelujah Oratorio Society (HOS) can be traced back to 1977, when choir members from the “Successor Evangelism” formed the Successor Choral Society under the auspices of the Singapore Chinese Christian Union. In 1987, it was renamed “Hallelujah Oratorio Society” (HOS).
Under the direction of Rev Lee Chong Min, former music lecturer at the School of Church Music, Singapore Bible College (SBC) and currently the artistic director of the International Christian Choral Conductor Society (ICCCS) and various Christian choral groups in Asia, HOS has since grown into one of Singapore’s most widely acclaimed Christian choral societies. Its repertoire ranges from oratorios, masses, choral symphonies to contemporary choral anthems. Amongst HOS are also a small group of choristers known as the Hallelujah Singers which regularly performs at Church Music Sunday worship services and other special events and concerts.
Since 2003, HOS, together with the Singapore Bible College Chorale, has been involved in regular partnership with the Singapore Symphony Chorus and has performed in many Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s concerts under the baton of Maestro Lim Yau, Maestro Okko Kamu and Maestro Lan Shui. HOS has also collaborated with The Philharmonic Orchestra (founded by Lim Yau) in various concerts.
Besides performing, HOS also organizes music-related workshops, seminars, vocal masterclass, choir festivals and overseas music tours. In recent years, HOS, in collaboration with ICCCS, had organized several Choral Music Camps and Choral Conducting workshops in effort to raise the bar in choral singing and choral conducting technique among church choirs. HOS also offers group lessons in vocal technique and music reading, equipping music leaders for effective service in their respective music ministries.
HOS offers the “Friends of Hallelujah” and “HOS Alumni” membership scheme, produces choral music albums and publishes a quarterly magazine “Music and Friends”, as a form of education outreach and communication with the church community.
Lee Chong Min has been the music director and conductor of the Singapore Hallelujah Oratorio Society since the society’s inception. He is the founder and artistic director of the International Christian Choral Conductor Society, the music director of the International Christian Festival Singers, Johor Chorale Music Society and the artistic director of Bintulu Chinese Christian Music Association and the Kenaniah Chorale Association (Sibu). The wide spectrum of repertoire he has conducted included choral symphonies, operas, major oratorios, anthems and a cappella works.
He has made frequent appearances as guest conductor and music lecturer in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand,
Philippines, Myanmar, Taiwan, New Zealand, Australia, China, Canada, and the United States.
Lee received his early musical training in Singapore, obtained a Bachelor in Theology from the Singapore Bible College in 1988 and went under the tutorship of Lyndon van de Pump for voice and conducting with George Hurst in London. In 1994 he studied conducting under the eminent teachers, Helmuth Rilling and Donald Neuen in U.S.A.
李忠民早年在新加坡接受音乐训练，1988年毕业于新加坡神学院，获神学学士学位，后赴英国随 Lyndon van de Pump 进修声乐，与George Hurst 学习乐队指挥。1994 年在美国随世界名指挥家Helmuth Rilling 与 Donald Neuen 学习合唱及乐队指挥。
A Beautiful Service
“A Beautiful Service” is the theme of HOS from 2013-2017. It is inspired by the Biblical account of Jesus’ delight with Mary’s deeds. A few days before his death of the cross, Jesus entered Jerusalem and attended a feast at Simon’s place, where Mary poured an alabaster jar of expensive perfume on Jesus’ head (Mark 14:1-9). Jesus commended that she had done a “beautiful thing”.
Perfume making requires long processes and hard effort. This resembles the nature of a choir. The conductor patiently sculpts and trains over a long period while singing members put in effort for regular rehearsals and fun raising to finally “break the jar” at the concert, offering a fragrant sacrifice unto the Lord.
Beauty is a visually attractive and aurally pleasant quality that brings comfort and delight. Above all, beauty is the manifestation of a high spiritual quality. The ultimate purpose in pursuing quality singing is to manifest the glory of God and to spread our faith, within and outside the Church. On the contrary, inept quality leads to ineffective service and hence losing opportunities to testify to the communities.
This generation is blessed with a rich heritage of church music resources. In our troves are great musical works written by distinctive composers of ages past which proclaimed the Christian faith and gave excellent renditions of spiritual truth. Therefore, it is pertinent that we are well trained to take on the role in making beautiful music speak, true to its message and spirit. Let all man be edified as we give of our best to the Lord.