Thursday, November 12, 2009

Philippines' Best Choirmasters Leads Masterclass Series

The country's best choirmasters and conductors will spearhead the upcoming National Masterclass Series for Choral Conductors Regional Convention for Visayas and Mindanao slated on November 19 - 22, 2009 at the University of the Visayas in Cebu City.

Organized by the Philippine Choral Directors Association (PCDA), in cooperation with the University of the Visayas (UV), the main objective of this workshop is to offer basic and advanced training for local conductors, and provide an opportunity to raise their standards and awareness to the international level, while honing their skills, and making information available to a wide choral network.

The masterclass speakers for the Visayas and Mindanao series include:

Speaker Topic
Ms. Anna Abeleda – Piquero, conductor, UV Chorale Basic Conducting
Mr. Eudenice Palaruan, veteran arranger and conductor of the San Miguel Master Chorale Advance Conducting
Mr. Edgardo Manguiat, founder and conductor of the U.P. Singing Ambassadors (UPSA) Vocal Techniques
Msrg. Rudolfo “Rudy” Villanueva, famed writer, composer, and arranger Visayan music for liturgy
Mr. Arwin Tan, conductor, Cultural Center of the Philippines Chorale and Novo Concertante Solfege, Music Theory, and Choral Arranging
Mr. Leonyl Clarence Torres, Head, Junior Philippine Conductors' Association Movement and Choreography

The first series of the National Masterclass was held last April 14 – 18, 2009 at the Saint Louis University (SLU) in Baguio City. Among the speakers during the event include PCDA President Jonathan Velasco, Interkultur Foundation Director for Asia Thomas Schuele, Philippine Male Singers conductor Robert Delgado, SLU – Center for Culture and the Arts Director Rebecca Nulud, University of the Philippines Madrigal Singers Conductor Mark Anthony Carpio, Mr. Arwin Tan, and Ms. Anna Piquero.

Interested participants can download the application form here. For more information, contact Mr. Leonyl Torres at (63920) 941-665 or Ms. Anna Piquero at (63917) 806-4358 or email


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