American orchestral musician Jon Paul Dante, whose Facebook publish praising multiculturalism in Singapore went viral, intends to remain put right here.
“I am just beginning my application for permanent residency. I would be honoured to be a permanent resident of Singapore,” says the principal trumpet participant with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO).
The 48-year-old joined the SSO in 2013 and can also be a member of the Artist Faculty on the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.
He provides: “Once I achieve PR, I plan to try for citizenship.”
The Boston native was at a Chinese New Year gathering at an Yishun HDB flat together with his Chinese Singaporean companion’s household on the primary day of Chinese New Year final Friday .
From the balcony, he took a photograph of Muslims performing their Friday prayers close to the block.
“Every day, Singapore is putting on a racial & religious integration masterclass for the whole world to see,” he wrote within the publish.
He additionally lamented on what he perceives because the loss of values and the way folks of various races and cultures don’t appear to dwell in concord anymore within the United States.
It was the silent but palpable help and respect for each other’s traditions and way of life that prompted me to make the publish as a result of I simply found it to be so lovely and refreshing.
AMERICAN JON PAUL DANTE on how he was touched by the sight of Muslims performing their Friday prayers close to the block the place he and his Chinese companion’s household have been celebrating Chinese New Year
Dante says he was moved by the sight of Singaporeans participating in “two very different and completely unrelated things” inside “an extremely close proximity”.
“But it was greater than that. It was the silent but palpable help and respect for each other’s traditions and way of life that prompted me to make the publish as a result of I simply found it to be so lovely and refreshing.
“There is so much needless and escalating racial and religious polarisation going on in my home country and I just found this scene to be very inspiring and pure.”
He says he has acquired each reward and brickbats for his publish.
“I have acquired, actually, a whole lot of pretty personal messages from Singaporeans residing each right here and overseas thanking me for my publish and welcoming me to Singapore.
“I have also received messages from some who don’t agree with my post at all and who have enlightened me with examples of how things here are not ideal in their view and could be dramatically improved on.”
He provides that he “never meant to oversimplify or imply that I believe that Singapore is some sort of Utopia where nobody is struggling and nobody is ever hurt or discriminated against”.
“I offer my most sincere apologies to anyone who may have taken it this way.”
He says he’s grateful for all of the suggestions, each optimistic and destructive. “I respect the fact that no society is perfect and can always be improved to better serve everyone.”
He additionally clarified that he didn’t find yourself in Singapore “by accident”, as written within the Facebook publish.
He was the principal trumpet participant for the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra till he moved to Kuala Lumpur to affix the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra from 2006 to 2011.
“During my time in KL, I had come to Singapore to substitute with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra on several occasions and dreamt of being here full-time. Unfortunately, there were no positions available at the time.”
He then joined the Hong Kong Philharmonic and later the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, there was a gap for the Principal Trumpet place in SSO, so he auditioned and bought the job.
“When I relocated to Asia, I had deliberate to be with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra for the rest of my profession.
“However, when it began to seem like there could also be a future alternative in Singapore, I altered my course.
“As an orchestral musician, you have to go to where the opportunities are. Lucky for me that, in this case, the opportunity was exactly where I wanted to be all along.”