About

Principal Office Bearers

The foundation’s board consist of eight members, all volunteers, including its trustees - chairman, secretary and treasurer. The principle officers of MYOF are:

PATRON
YABhg Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Hj. Mohd. Ali

CHAIRMAN
Mirzan Mahathir

HONORARY ADVISOR
YABhg Toh Puan Dato’ Seri Hajjah Dr Aishah Ong

ORGANISING EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Mirzan Mahathir
Datin Irene Gan
Rohana Tan Sri Mahmood
Khoo Chuan Keat
Chua See Hua
Nasran Nawi
Jean Wong

Message from Chairman

Music, performed with precision yet exuding passion and spontaneity, somehow embraces its audience in a special magic. Music lifts the spirits. Music unites. Music speaks without words. Music transcends colour, creed and culture. And music is a powerful medium to help shape behaviour. The pace of scientific research into music making has quickened. New data about music’s relationship to brainpower, wellness and other phenomena is changing the way we perceive mankind’s oldest art form, and it is having a real-world effect on decisions about educational priorities. Years of research now show that music is closely linked to almost everything that we as a nation say we want for our children and demand from our schools: academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and equitable opportunity. Learning music helps develop communication skills, self confidence, self discipline, teamwork, self expression and appreciation of cultural diversity. It also enhances creativity, which is a much needed skill that is necessary in today’s workplace. By participating in music performing groups, students can enjoy a sense of community that can carry on through life.

As we continue our mission to promote music appreciation and participation among Malaysian youths, our commitments to uplift the standards of performing arts cannot be realized without the help and support of many individuals and corporate sponsors. When communities come together and work hand in hand to promote and support performing arts, it will help harness and produce a generation of youth with positive characteristics fit to be the future leaders that our country can be proud of. I would like to record my deepest appreciation to the companies and individuals for their continuing support for our programmes and we hope that there will be more support coming from those who share the same vision as our foundation. By contributing to this worthwhile initiative, we can all make a significant impact on the cultural and intellectual development of young Malaysians.

Mirzan Mahathir
Chairman of Malaysian Youth Orchestra Foundation

Message From Patron

The youth in our country are our most valuable natural resource in nation building. The role of the youth is not only to learn the relevant knowledge particularly the knowledge of science and technology but also the responsibility to be citizens who are all rounded, spiritually, morally and culturally, consistent with the needs of a developed nation. Without a solid sense of morality, spirituality and culture among out youth, our nation building efforts will be obscure and fraught with many problems. As a result, we will lose our competitive edge not only in the international business world but also in all global activities.

Here, I would like to record my appreciation to the Malaysian Youth Orchestra Foundation in their commitment to uplift the standards of our youth and the performing arts in the country by providing a platform to nurture and to hone the musical talents and creativity of our youth, and by exposing our talented youth in the country to various artistic experiences and performing arts. It is my hope that the commitments and efforts by the Foundation will harness and produce a generation of youth with positive characteristics fit to be for the future leaders that the country can be proud of.

I appreciate the efforts of the founding members and supporters of the Malaysian Youth Orchestra Foundation in their commitment to help build a better future for our youth. It is my hope that they will continue to work towards achieving greater glory and excellence.

YABhg Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Hj. Mohd. Ali
Kuala Lumpur