From Yale to YouTube star

From Yale to YouTube star
Childhood friends Sam Tsui and Kurt Hugo Schneider worked on music videos after attending classes at Yale in the day.

When would you ever hear a pop singer of Chinese-American descent speak Greek for a solid minute?

Probably only during a fan meet between YouTube stars and Yale University alumni Sam Tsui and Kurt Hugo Schneider and 25 students from the Yale-NUS College.

Tsui, 24, and Schneider, 25 - the US duo behind popular Michael Jackson and Glee viral video mash-ups - geeked out with their supporters last Thursday evening before their 90-minute concert at the Kallang Theatre, which attracted a crowd of 1,500.

The session - which had been set up by Yale-NUS staff and concert organiser Launch Entertainment - saw the two childhood friends, who graduated from Yale in 2011 and 2010 respectively, share stories about their school days with teenagers keen to find out how to balance studies and life.

"This feels like summer camp," Schneider said, as he and Tsui invited fans to sit in a circle on the floor of the Kallang Theatre.

"What did you study?" Yale-NUS College rector, Professor Brian McAdoo, asked at the beginning of the session.

Before Tsui, whose father is from Hong Kong, could answer, two girls spoke up: "Classical Greek!"

Prof McAdoo put up his hands in surrender. "I'll leave it to you guys."

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