The Nanyang Polytechnic Chinese Orchestra (NYPCO) was formed in September 1996 with a pioneer batch of 45 members. Today, it boasts of 120 members from our 7 different schools comprising of full-time students as well as alumni members who return regularly to practise and perform. Beyond traditional Chinese music, the Orchestra has experimented with a diverse selection of western pieces, contemporary music, Asian pop songs as well as other genres. Recently, the Orchestra has also formed a Percussion, GuZheng and Huqin Ensemble.
The Orchestra competed in the 18th Australian International Music Festival in June 2007 and was awarded a GOLD award in the instrumental category. Recently, the Orchestra also achieved the Gold Award in 2011 Asia Pacific Chinese Music Youth Competition that was held in Miaoli, Taiwan, competing with 11 other teams from Malaysia, Taiwan and Hong Kong that participated.