Young Singapore composers: Writing music kept her going through cancer

Chua Jon Lin does most of her composing in her Housing Board flat in Bedok, where she lives with her husband and son.
Chua Jon Lin does most of her composing in her Housing Board flat in Bedok, where she lives with her husband and son.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - More than five years ago, composer Chua Jon Lin got cancer.

Diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma while she was still a student at the Eastman School of Music in New York, she lay in bed with a manuscript and pencil in hand, soldiering through her commissions - a collection of seven short pieces for the MusicaNova Orchestra in Arizona, and a solo piano work inspired by Jean-Paul Sartre's play Huis Clos (translated from French as "No Exit").

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