Ms Ariana Chong was the first student to study Music at Oxford University under the Singapore Public Service Commission (PSC) Scholarship. She attained her ABRSM Grade 8 in piano at the age of 13, LRSM Performance Diploma (Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music) at 16, and FTCL (Fellowship of the Trinity College of Music, London) at 18. She was the only Singaporean in that year to be awarded the FTCL.
While at Worcester College, Oxford, Ariana was awarded the College Instrumental Scholarship. She studied piano with the renowned piano teacher and music adjudicator, Norma Fisher in London. Soon after her BA Honours Music degree, she was awarded the MA Music degree by Oxford University.
Ariana proceeded to attain her second Master’s degree in Music at the National Institute of Education (NIE) of Singapore under a Music Research Scholarship. She had been highly active in the arts scene, having been the musical director in the production of "Dining With Ernest"(by Bob Nimmo) held in the Mandarin Hotel Ballroom, and having sung in productions with the Singapore Lyric Opera and in the Singapore Symphony Chorus.
She had also conducted a number of school choirs in Singapore, and had helped them win awards in the highly competitive Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Choir Competitions. Besides having done numerous CD recordings with the choirs, she has also led choirs on performance tours to Europe and Australia.
Besides teaching piano and singing, providing piano accompaniment and performing by invitation, Ariana had also been involved in the planning and organisation of music programmes for weddings, anniversary celebrations and festive occasions. She has performed in the presence of dignitaries like the former Singapore Transport Minister RAdm Lui Tuck Yew, former British High Commissioner to Singapore Paul Madden, former Singapore Chief Justice Yong Pung How, current Singapore Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong and the last Governor of Hong Kong and former EU Commissioner, Lord Patten of Barnes.
Ariana had also served as Honorary Assistant Secretary to The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Singapore, and is now a member of the Oxford University Society of NSW.
Currently Ariana is teaching piano privately in Willoughby, NSW, and freelancing as a piano accompanist.