MS Chorus wins in nat’l choral competition

The 18-piece Middle School Chorus won Second Prize in Children’s Choir Category at the prestigious National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) held at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) last November 24, 2017.

The group also won the Special Prize for Best Interpretation of the commissioned competition piece entitled “Pagmumuni: Zazen sa Papag” composed by UP College of Music Dean Dr. Verne dela Peña. The chair of the panel of judges was National Artist for Music (2014) Ramon Pagayon Santos, together with Jonathan Velasco (international voice clinician), Ma. Theresa Vizconde-Roldan (Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir conductor), Jude Roldan (Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir music director), and Fidel Calalang, Jr. (University of Santo Tomas Singers conductor).

The group is under the baton of Sinamar Respicio and the guidance of Jhames Labrador, MS Music Area Supervisor.

The group also performed the commissioned competition piece during the Winners Concert held at the Main Theater of the CCP last November 26, 2017.

The Children’s Choir category national finalists, comprised of seven competing groups from the different regions of the Philippines, were judiciously chosen during the semi-finals round held last October.

NAMCYA was formally organized in 1973 under Presidential Proclamation No. 1173 and amended on November 1988 as a response to “the imperative need to develop and promote Philippine music as an art and as a handmaid of cultural development”. The competition is held every three years.