After two years of defeat and another two years of practice and planning of the downfall of their rivals, the choir of SMK Sibu Methodist finally tasted their long-awaited sweet revenge over the only other choir with any chance of blocking their path which is the SMK Batu Lintang choir, posting a victory as the 2007 Sarawak champions for a place in the finals, where each state will fight it out for the top honours in Terengganu. Some may say we were not good enough, Sibu Methodist were too good, or we were overconfident – but we know that we really kicked some choir butts with some guidance from our incredible teacher, Pn. Luk, mostly led by our peer, Ryner Lai who put to use all his experience and knowledge to bring out the best in us, so we should be as proud as anything that we made it so far! Of course, we were hoping to make history by bringing down one of the strongest secondary school choir in Malaysia, not to mention one with full-time choir instructors as well as RM60-an-hour-per-member vocal training (or so we heard). Luck seemed to be on our side as we were drawn to be the first to perform in the icy air of the Wisma Auditorium, Bintulu, making it likely that the cold air would affect the other team’s voices, but alas, it was not to be. After many, many months of hard work and sacrifices, we managed to clinch second place, followed by Chung Hua Miri taking third place. I daresay we lost to a team better than us for that day, although I trust, had we performed our best like we did in the evening practice on the eve of the competition, it would be hard to decide the winner. Beware – the Rock of Horizon will be back – with a new zeal, and hopefully, Pn. Luk – thereby dubbed: the (re-)Rise of Batu Lintang!!
Wisma Auditorium - the Battle Grounds...
Ryner proposing to Cikgu Susie!!! ahahah
"The cool bulls...?" Ang Wee Cheng, Aaron, Bong Yang, Hussein, Anthony and Dennis
Eng Kwang Methodist Church, where we practised the night before competition
A groggy conductor just after our performance
A rather cheerful BL choir after a rather disappointing loss Outside the Wisma Auditorium
A choir of stags At the Tumbina zoo/plantation/whatever it is
A choir of terapins (or God knows what they are - I have no idea) At Tumbina
A wild choir at the beach
Akasyah, Izzati, Azizul Run baby run!
Anthony n Yang Feel the wind
UNO Stacko! (Don't tell teachers but we were actually playing STRIP UNO Stacko....O.o)
Well, I guess by this time most of you would probably know we got a decent 2nd place in the state level competition, with Sibu in 1st place and Miri in 3rd place.. Well, we did our best and we put up a good fight. I honestly felt we lost to a better team. Through this competition, I'm sure we have learned a lot... We have learned what it means by competition now and the attitude and mindset required, and also the standard we need to achieve to make it to nationals. To the ex-members who might be wondering, the choir of SMK Methodist is at their best right now, and are far better than the standard I got to see them in the year 2004.. They are really tough competition now and they remind me in a lot of ways of us back then.. The SMK Methodist members were really humble and friendly... They were so disciplined and sounded so good but yet they were not proud in any way.. The teachers even greeted me and I just wished they stayed longer in the hotel so that somehow we could all get together and have a nice friendly chat over some roti canai or something... Haha... I can really see that the SMK Methodist team were in it to win it.. Very disicplined and I think they managed to give SMK Methodist an excellent image.. I honestly love everything about their choir this time.. Each phrase, each line is very well taken care of... The SMK Methodist team has obviously worked hard and must have endure a lot of no-nonsense practices.. I felt even in terms of discipline, they already deserved to win. It's not like we're not disciplined, it's just that we're not disciplined enough... I could feel a lot of the members didn't really have to spirit to win, they felt they could win hands down.. So after chatting with a few seniors, I concluded that our biggest setback was the members' attitude. If they had better attitudes, we would have undoubtedly been much better than we are now. During practices when I am talking some of them are also talking.. and some do not take comments and corrections in good spirit.. The condition really is not THAT bad, but it isn't that great either.. We will not tolerate anything more like that next year. Participating in the competition at least gives us an idea of how things should go and I am sure we have learned a lot through this whole experience.. I, for one, have learnt a a whole lot from being the conductor of a choir without a proper vocal coach this year.. As you can imagine, being thrown into circumstances that no normal Form 4 guy would be thrown into, and having to be tough through all the bad times and the good times... Well, you really learn a lot through going through all that... To the present choir members, I'm sure we all have learned a lot and are better ready for any future competitions. For those who are leaving, well, it does not necessarily spell the end of choir for you all.. You can still drop by and maybe even follow us on some choir trips, and we may still have a few choir activities coming up.. And for everyone, don't keep thinking about choir, although it must be an amazing journey, especially for the newer ones.. Set your mind to your studies.. Life cannot just stop at choir.. Of course you'll miss all the fun we had, but who says it's over for good? ; ) To the ex-members, I hope we did you guys proud.. The challenge set before us was not an easy one, and we did our best. I did my best, and I can honestly say that I have no regrets. There is only so much a person like can do.. If Sibu's standard was like back in 2004, we would stand a good chance in beating them, but like I said they have improved tremendously, and in a competition there are bound to be winners and loosers... It has been a great journey, but I hope everyone will bear it mind it does not mean that it's over for good. Everyone just concentrate on your studies for the moment; for the seniors, it really is time to look to the future; for the juniors, it's all just beginning... Peace out, everyone.
My heart is just so excited right now... We have improved so tremendously in the final week that if someone came to listen to us two weeks ago, they probably wouldn't even recognize us now. I just listened to the July 14 performance recording and when I compared it to our singing now, the difference was simply miles apart. Our standard now can't even be compared to that of the July 14 performance! As a new conductor in this whole choir business, obviously I'm very inexperienced although I have been involved in choral singing for a long time now. Many many thanks to Pn Luk for coming a few times in the final week to give some comments that were indescribably valuable... I've got to admit that most of the improvement in the final week before the state level choir competition came because we worked on what she said. You guys know, after the July 14 performance when I came down stage and I asked Pn Luk how it sounded, she gave a string of constructive criticism... The major things she stressed on was a brighter tone quality, not pushing too hard, the blending, the tempo... Well, at least she did not, like others, kept telling us that we're so good. Instead, she gave us much needed criticsm and advice that helped us a lot. She even found time to come a few more times later, and that made a world of difference for us. Many many thanks to her! And of course also to my mother and Mrs. Law who came and helped us out too... But I'll reserve all my 'thank you's only after the competition, should we win.. To the present choir members, you guys sang the BM song amazingly. And you know I rarely call anything in choral singing amazing. By shifting the whole song two semitones up and singing it a capella made it so much brighter and nicer. The middle section of the song was the sweetest thing I've heard in a long time... Leaves the July 14 performance eating its dust.. And with the English song, you guys sang it so much sweeter and nicer... So much more polished.. With the tempo right and the whole thing in tune, once again it makes the July 14 performance sound like some sick parody... SOPRANOS: You girls have improved tremendously, many thanks to Pn Luk for that. She stressed so much on a brighter tone, and that made you girls sound so sweet that your charm can even be compared to that of St. Theresa. Just remember to hold the support until the end of the phrase, focus it and send the energy and the voice to me. I had a hard time believing in you girls, but right now you girls just wow me. ALTOS: You girls remain quite strong, and sound pretty round and together. You girls sound quite nice, and for that we have to thank Izzati and Akasyah's efforts in helping you girls and singing.. Just be soft at the parts where you need to be soft, and watch out for your pitching too. Good job girls, keep it up! TENORS: You guys have the most beautiful voices, honestly. Just remember to send the energy to me, and don't push too hard. Your 'ah'-ing at the middle of the BM song is just amazing. You guys can hit high notes with ease and you guys really have that sweet, gentle quality that when accompanied with a little smile would most definitely croon girls to fall in love with you... BASS: Always the most powerful one, and also the least problematic one. You guys really have achieved singing well without sounding too harsh or pushy now. You guys compliment the others very well, just remember to lift your notes up and always be conscious of your intonation (aka your in-tuneness). I said a little while ago that you guys are about as good as the SMB Methodist guys already.. Now I can honestly say you guys sound better than them... To the entire choir: you guys sound great! Just have more confidence, SMILE, allude more charm in your singing and we'll be alright. We all know that a SMB Methodist teacher flew all the way from Sibu to Kuching just to listen to us during the division level and that she reportedly went back relaxed... Well, she and the entire choir will be in for a great shock.. Because the standard of you guys now cannot even begin to compare with our division level standard.. I sometimes wonder, and I think that others who will hear you will wonder too, how is it possible for a choir to improve so MUCH in such little time?? Itwas always difficult for me as a conductor to believe that we can actually improve so much in such a short amount of time. But guess what guys? You guys did it.
Step aside everyone, SMK Batu Lintang choir is back.
so anyways, yeah. due to unforseen circumstances, i'm not going to bintulu, and yes. i'm not in the team anymore.. gah.
so. to all SMKBL Choir Team members
hey dudes and dudettes.. missed me? hehe. i sure do miss you guys.. despite all the tiring stuff, i miss joking arnd with you people.. ryner's weird expressions.. everyone own special thang which makes you guys sooo miss-able. how're practises going?
i heard you guys a couple of times and i must say you guys are doing greatt.. go kick some musical butss people! hehe. i've heard about the new stuff added.. looking forward to watch you guys sing and doing your own thang! weee..
i'm sorry i couldnt stay longer and be a lil more responsible towards the choir..
and i'm sorry if i ever offended anyone anyhow.. i'll be back next year.. i think. lol rock on SMK Batu Lintang Choir!
Practices are going steady... I can see you guys pay more attention and work harder. I just want to take this opportunity to apologize if I scolded any of you choir members for some reason.. For both past and future scoldings.. But I'm sure you all know how this goes.. We can't be good if we don't have discipline.. I found out there are only two things that I've ever wanted from you guys, and that is: 1. Dedication 2. Attendance You can probably include 'quality' as a third, but then again quality comes naturally if the two mentioned conditions are met. And you all as choir members also know that I usually get really angry and upset because of people coming late or being absent or are not working hard enough to achieve the quality needed, thus lacking in dedication. I hope you all act up to be responsible choir members and start working hard. You know it's only two weeks left, and you all can probably understand my frustration should you guys slack and start coming late.. It's just that practices can only achieve its maximum affect if everyone comes on time, is geared towards improving, and that everyone is happy. And the best way to make it happen is up to YOU guys.. REMEMBER:dedication and attendance. Hope all of you choir members understand the extreme importance of the following two weeks.. Work hard.. Your efforts for the school choir will be remembered.
Formed in 2002, the choir's original purpose was to participate and compete in the annual inter-school choir competition and to enjoy music through singing. The choir was trained by Madam Luk Chiong Mee and assisted by Madam Elizabeth Tiong (now retired), Madam Anita Wee, and Madam Chew Li Teen (designer of the choir costumes)
In that year, the pioneer choir batch managed to emerge as winners of the division level competition. The choir later emerged as first runner-up in the state level competition.
In 2003, the SMK Batu Lintang choir managed to emerge as divisional champions again but went one step further in the state level competition, edging out fierce rivals SMK Methodist, Sibu. To top it off, the choir team went on to become the champion of the national finals held in Dewan Suarah, Shah Alam.
In 2004, the choir team once again proved their prowess in Sarawak by emerging as winners for the second year in a row. The choir team also participated in the 2nd annual Choral Festival, held in Kuala Lumpur. In the national level competition, we emerged as 2nd Runner-Up.
In 2005, the choir made a little piece of history by being the first school choir to be invited by the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra to perform at the famed Dewan Filharmonik Orkestra, Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur. The choir once again participated in the Choral Festival, this time with a completely new batch of singers who made a lasting impression on the members of the audience. However, the choir decided not to participate in the inter-school choir competition. The choir was backed by the then principal, Cik Jaidah Alek and also Cikgu Catherine Ritikos.
In 2006, the choir went for the pinnacle of any choir competition, the World Choir Games held in Xiamen, China. Cikgu Susie Sim and Madam Sng Bee Ping joined the set-up. In that competition, the choir gave their all and managed a Bronze Diploma.
Now, in 2007, the choir is returning to its original roots and recently won the Interschool Choir Competition held in SMK Paku, Bau on 20th June 2007. With a little bit of luck, we will once again re-establish ourselves as one of the best school choirs in Malaysia.