HALLELUJAH ORATORIO SOCIETY
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.

促进圣乐,荣神益人
哈利路亚圣乐社以促进亚洲地区圣乐普及化与提高圣乐水平为目标,透过举办音乐会、圣乐训练、圣乐刊物及产品、圣乐影音光碟,培育优秀的圣乐人才。圣乐社盼望透过推动各样的活动来激励并挑战基督徒委身于圣乐事奉,积极成为教会圣乐事工的支持与动力。

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.

哈利路亚圣乐社
1977年,一群参加“接棒人布道大会”联合诗班的弟兄姐妹因深感有需要及负担在新加坡推广与发展圣乐工作,于是成立了“接棒人圣歌团”,附属于新加坡华文基督教联合会。

1987年,“接棒人圣歌团”为了巩固原有的基础并深化圣乐事奉的心志,注册并成立了“哈利路亚圣乐团”,其后于2002年再次重组,易名为“哈利路亚圣乐社”。

哈利路亚圣乐社的宗旨为“促进圣乐,荣神益人”,透过举办音乐会、圣乐训练,提供圣乐刊物及影音光碟产品,并培育优秀的圣乐人才,以促进亚洲地区圣乐普及化与提高圣乐水平,透过推动各样的活动来激励并挑战基督徒委身于圣乐事奉,积极成为教会圣乐事工的支持与动力。

圣乐社音乐总监由李忠民牧师担任,他曾是新加坡神学院圣乐学院讲师。目前,除了担任「国际基督教合唱指挥团」艺术总监,李牧师同时也是多个亚洲地区之圣乐团音乐总监。在他的领导之下,圣乐社的素质逐渐获得提升,成为一个杰出的圣乐团体。圣乐社的演唱曲目范围广泛,包括神剧、神曲、合唱交响曲以及现代合唱颂赞曲目。另一方面,附属于圣乐社的另一个小组「哈利路亚圣歌团」,于特别音乐会及教会的圣乐主日中献唱。

自2003年起,圣乐社经常联合新加坡交响合唱团及新加坡神学院圣咏团演唱合唱交响曲,在林曜、奥科卡姆及 水蓝三位指挥的棒下学习并受益。爱乐管弦乐团自2001年也多次参与圣乐社音乐会演出。除了演唱会,圣乐社也举办其他活动,包括:声乐与乐理课程、圣乐讲座、声乐大师班、诗班节以及国外巡回演唱。近年来,圣乐社与「国际基督教合唱指挥团」多次联办《合唱营》及《指挥营》,让教会诗班员及指挥在音乐技巧上逐步获得提升,从而提高教会圣乐素质。

此外,圣乐社也设立“哈利路亚之友”和“哈利路亚社友会”会员卡,录制合唱音乐光碟以及出版一年四期的《圣乐良友》刊物,俾能扩展圣乐教育并与众教会保持联系。

MUSIC DIRECTOR
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.

音乐总监
李忠民牧师自从新加坡「哈利路亚圣乐社」设立时便担任音乐总监兼指挥至今。目前,李忠民牧师是「国际基督教合唱指挥团」的创办人与艺术总监,同时兼任「国际基督教庆典圣歌团」、「新山圣乐团」的音乐总监,「民都鲁华人基督教圣乐促进会」与「基拿尼雅圣乐社」(诗巫)的艺术总监。他指挥的广泛曲目,包括歌剧、交响乐队、神曲、颂赞曲及无伴奏清唱。

除了教学外,他也经常受邀在新加坡、马来西亚、印尼、泰国、菲律宾、缅甸、台湾、中国、加拿大、美国、纽西兰及澳洲,担任客卿指挥与圣乐营讲师。

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。

Theme 2013-2017
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.

“更美的事奉”,这是圣乐社接下来五年(2013-2017)的主题,取材于耶稣对马利亚的称许。耶稣在十字架受死的前几天进入耶路撒冷,祂到西门的家参加宴席,马利亚就是在这个地方将珍贵的香膏倒在耶稣的头上(可14:1-9),耶稣称许她所做的是“美事”。

圣乐事工就如纯哪哒香膏的制作般,需付上许多的时间精神。指挥耐心的雕磨,上百位团员每周四付上时间精神排练,再加上圣乐社集体上下极积的筹款,才能在音乐会时 "打破玉瓶"散放出香气献上给主。

“美”,基本定意为"好看好听并使人感到舒服喜悦"。其实,美不单是悦人耳目,更是一种高属灵素质的彰显。歌唱品质精益求精,最终目的就是要在教会内及外邦音乐表演平台中彰显主的荣耀,传达真信仰的信息。反之,低水准的音乐导致失去服侍教会的功用,甚至失去与群体的接触并向他们见证的机会。

我们这一代拥有历世历代留下的圣乐遗产,就是伟大音乐家以超乎文字表达果效谱下的乐章,内里包涵伟大的信仰真理。我们必须坚定意志,力求进步,重新以美的音乐传扬真道、彰显属灵的气质,将最好的献于主,同时使人得益处。