CSC-NCR Bares Semi-Finalists to Chorale Competition

Congratulations to the chorales who made it through the qualifying round. All semi-finalists will perform at the CCP Main Theater on September 6, 2011.

CLSU Administration Choir (Central Luzon State University, Region 3)
PVAO Chorale (Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, NCR)
PRC Chorale (Professional Regulation Commission, NCR)
POEA Chorale (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, NCR)
East Avenue Medical Center Chorale (East Avenue Medical Center, NCR)
PPA Chorale (Philippine Ports Authority, NCR)
City Government of Makati Employees (LGU-Makati City, NCR)
National Power Chorale (National Power Corporation, NCR)
BOQ Chorale (Bureau of Quarantine, NCR)
Pagibig Fund Chorale (Home Development Mutual Fund, NCR)
Dangal ng Lungsod Batangas Chorale (LGU-Batangas City, Region 4)
PAGCOR Voice Symphony (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, NCR)

NOTE: FINALISTS WILL RECEIVE A LETTER NOTIFICATION TOGETHER WITH THE FINALS GUIDELINES
The list presented is not in the order of Pre-Finals Scoring.
The Finals Guidelines, Competition Piece, Programme, and Theater Rules and Regulations may be downloaded here.

Special Thanks to our Pre-Finals Judges:

PROF. MARIA LOURDES VENIDA-HERMO
Choirmaster, Ateneo College Glee Club
Vice President, Philippine Choral Directors Association

Maria Lourdes Venida-Hermo is a professor of music at the St. Scholastica’s College, Manila (SSC). She handles Choral Conducting, Music Theory, and Chorus classes, both in the undergraduate and graduate programs therein. Formerly, she was a faculty member of the Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music for almost fifteen years.
Professor Hermo completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Choral Conducting at the University of the Philippines in 1983 and 1998, respectively. She will forever be grateful to Professors A.O. Veneracion and the late R. T. Paguio, Dr. F.F. Feliciano, and Mr. M. Behrman for their unselfish mentoring.

In between her academic calendar and conducting responsibilities, Professor Hermo is often called upon to adjudicate regularly in choir competitions of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) and conduct choral clinics in its outreach programs, including workshops for the Kodaly Society of the Philippines and the Philippine Society of Music Educators. Currently, she sits as the Vice- President of the newly established Philippine Choral Directors Association (PCDA).

Often referred to as the “first woman choirmaster” of the Ateneo College Glee Club (ACGC), Professor Hermo has worked with the undergraduate choir since 2002. Her direction of the group, where she is known more comfortably as “Ma’am Malou,” has produced its own share of happy successes in the choir’s long history. Most memorable among these are the much-applauded U.S. concert tour of 2004 and the European competition and concert tour of 2006, where the ACGC garnered major awards in Miltenberg, Germany and Arezzo, Italy.

TRISTAN CALISTON IGNACIO
Conductor & Musical Director, Imusicapella

One of the Philippines’ youngest and most promising choral conductors today, Tristan Ignacio is the founder and conductor of IMUSICAPELLA. He led the group into winning top prizes in national and international choral competitions. Under his leadership, Imusicapella emerged as the first Philippine church choir to win a GRAND PRIX in one of Europe’s toughest international choral competitions, the 10th Festival Chorale International de Neuchâtel, Switzerland in August 2003 and again this year, the GRAND PRIX at the 1st Mięedzynarodowego Festiwalu Chóralnego Mundus Cantat 2005 in Poland in September.

In 1997 – 2002, he handled the Lingkod ni Yahweh Community Music Ministry and transformed and developed the group’s potential to become one of the country’s finest church choirs. He is credited for leading the group in winning four (4) First Prizes in local choral competitions and the 2nd Prize in the 2002 National Finals of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) College Choir Category.
In 2002, he handled the UST Chorus of Arts and Letters and won 2nd prize in the Himig Tomasino Inter-Collegiate Choral Competition. He was the conductor of the UST Pharmacy Glee Club last year where they competed and won the 1st Prize in the 2004 Himig Tomasino, the Inter-Collegiate Choral Competition at the University of Santo Tomas. He is an affiliate of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). He is also a member of the National Committee on Music (NCMusic) – one of the 22 national committees of the Office of the President’s National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). He has participated in workshops of outstanding international choral conductors such as André Ducrét of Switzerland and Alexander Vaćcek of the Czech Republic and Jonathan Velasco of the Philippines.

Tristan is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Tourism at the University of Santo Tomas. He was enriched with his solid choral experiences as a member, officer and soloist of the University of Santo Tomas Singers with Prof. Fidel Calalang, Jr. whom he considers his biggest influence in sharing his knowledge in handling Imusicapella. He was part of the UST Singers’ International Concert Tours in Europe, Mexico and the USA in 1998 – 2001 where they competed and won in some of the world’s most prestigious choral competitions in Tours, France; Gorizia, Italy; Varna, Bulgaria; Miedzyzdroje, Poland; Arezzo, Italy and Spittal, Austria.

OSCAR PANTALEON JR.
Secretary General, Philippine Choral Directors Associating
Philippine Ambassador, Contemporary A Cappella Society

He obtained his degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of the Philippines. In 1987, he joined the UP Madrigal Singers under the leadership of Prof. Andrea O. Veneracion, National Artist for Music, and went on national and international concert tours with the group until 1996. Earlier, he was actively involved with the UP Singing Ambassadors under Ed Manguiat and briefly sang with the UP Kasarinlan Ensemble led by Felipe De Leon Jr.

He studied choral conducting with Dean Reynaldo T. Paguio and voice with Prof. Ma. Cecilia Ongsiako-Valena at the UP. Since then, he has been actively involved in the national choral circle as conductor, music director, trainer, adjudicator and consultant. Last year, he traveled to the regional centers as juror of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists. He was also appointed in 2009 as the first secretary general of the Philippine Choral Directors Association.

As an arts management practitioner, Oscar Pantaleon has produced various concerts and recordings. He established his own production outfit, ConcertNet Philippines Co., and managed the pop trio, III of A Kind. He taught arts management at the De La Salle University – College of St. Benilde and handled the business services of The San Miguel Foundation for the Performing Arts that managed The San Miguel Philharmonic Orchestra and The San Miguel Master Chorale. He has served as juror in various editions of the Awit Awards and he currently freelances as an arts project manager for the award-winning composer, Ryan Cayabyab.

As the Philippine Ambassador of the Contemporary A Cappella Society, he has sat as juror in various local and international competitions notably the Asian Competitions for Contemporary A Cappella in Taiwan, the National A Cappella Championships in Singapore, and the annual Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards in San Francisco. He was also conducted various artistic and management workshops for the Singapore A Cappella Society.

Oscar Pantaleon is the founding music director and conductor of the The Tala Choir and the Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral Choir. He also directs and conducts Caltex Chorale and Pfizer Chorale.

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