Choral Groups


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Dawani Women’s Choir

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The UP Dawani Women’s Choir is recognised as the first all-female resident choir of the UP College of Music. Through the initiative of its conductor, Dr. Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng, it was formed in January 2013 and has been active in the Philippine choral landscape ever since.

UP Dawani Women’s Choir prides itself on musical ambassadorship. They have performed in music festivals and have produced major concerts, such as, The Road Home (2013), Music In My Soul (2013), Serenade to Music (2014), and Still I Rise (2015). In 2013, the choir has also conducted a fund-raising concert and an outreach program for a beneficiary school and orphanage. As Dawani continues to plan for similar events in the future, they remain highly committed in their common ideal to share music at its highest standards.

With a growing membership base and promising musical potential, its intention is to continuously develop a diverse and progressive repertoire. This will enable them to uphold musical excellence and to have a niche of their own in the choral society.

Officers for Calendar Year 2015
President:                             Sara T. Matsuura
Secretary:                             Gabrielle D.R. Tinio
Membership Head:             Penielle A. Saguindan
Finance Head:                      Conchita V. Lukban
Publicity Head:                     Alyssa Liyana S. Diqouino

Contact Info

Contact Persons:   
Noemi C. Binag, Assistant Conductor
+63 917 499 5999
ncbinag@gmail.com

Sara T. Matsuura, President
+63 917 532 0289
saratmatsuura@gmail.com

Gabrielle D. Tinio, Secretary
+63 917 628 9308
mdtinio@gmail.com

Email Address:    
updawani@gmail.com

Facebook Page: 
www.facebook.com/dawaniwomenschoir

Youtube Page:          
https://bit.ly/1VacHEW

Instagram Account:  
@updawani

Twitter Account:    
@updawani

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UP Cherubim and Seraphim

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The UP Cherubim and Seraphim (UPCS) is the official children’s choir of the University of the Philippines.  Founded on September 21, 1971 by Flora Zarco Rivera of the College of Music, the group was intended to be a laboratory for experiments on children’s choral singing in the Philippines. In the 43 years of its existence, the choir has championed the development of a unique Filipino repertoire for children, regularly commissioning new works and drawing on the expertise of artists from various colleges of the University. It shares this repertoire with children all over the nation in the form of live performances, workshops, recordings as well as appearances on television for various networks.  The group also serves as a laboratory choir for the U.P. College of Music, regularly lending its services for student recitals.  Finally, it acts as a service choir for U.P. concerts, programs and other official functions.  Its present director is Elena Rivera Mirano of the College of Arts and Letters.

(source:  Prof. Elena Rivera-Mirano)

Contact Info

Prof. Elena Rivera-Mirano, Director

Mobile:

(63) 917-5785224

Email:

elena.mirano@gmail.com

Phone:
(02) 928-7508

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UP Concert Chorus

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The UP Concert Chorus, UPCC, or simply Korus, is the official choir of the University of the Philippines. As an internationally-competitive performing group, Korus has mastered versatility in singing classical, folk, pop and Broadway musical genres with signature vibrant choreography. Korus has become a veritable icon of performance arts, as the pioneer of ChoreoCapella or choreographed a capella, in the Philippines.

Korus garnered the Grand Prix at the 6th International Krakow Choir Festival in Poland on June 14, 2015 for being the best choir of the festival, besting 23 other choirs from all over Europe and the USA. Along with this, Korus also won 1st Place in the Mixed Choirs Category, and 2nd Place in the Folk, Pop, and Gospel Category, astounding an international jury comprised of world-renowned music giants. In another acclaimed festival also held in Poland, the 12th International Festival of University Choirs, Korus left multitude of audiences awestruck with its signature outstanding performance. This earned Korus a spot in the local and international news headlines, being the only choir receiving multiple standing ovations during its festival performance alongside 10 other choirs from all over the world.

In its Golden Year tour in 2012, Korus joined prestigious international competitions and triumphed in all of them. Korus won the First Prize in the Folk Category and Second Prize in the Mixed Category at the Festival Internacional de Musica de Cantonigros in Catalonia, Spain, Korus also won the Gold Diploma and Audience Prize at the 9th Cantemus International Festival in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary. With all of these international recognitions, Korus was feted with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Aliw Awards Foundation and the 2013 Ani ng Dangal Award by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Throughout the years, Korus has proven that it has done more than just showcasing exceptional talents. With a brilliant 53-year tradition of compelling interpretations, vibrant choreography, theatrical expressions, eye-catching costumes, and a charisma that is uniquely Filipino, UPCC continues to revolutionize choral performance arts in the country and even across the world.

Contact Info

Contact Persons:     
Julius Sinoy, President
+63 9369227906
sinoyjulius@gmail.com 

Sherina Moralejo, PR Officer
+63 9056772113
mmoralejo.yna@gmail.com

Email Address:   
upconcertchorus@gmail.com

Website:    
www.upconcertchorus.com

Facebook:                            
https://www.facebook.com/upconcertchorus?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Twitter:
@upconcertchorus

Youtube:   
@upconcertchorus

Soundcloud:
@upconcertchorus

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UP Madrigal Singers


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The Philippine Madrigal Singers was organized in 1963 by National Artist Professor Andrea O. Veneracion. The choir is one of the world’s most awarded, having consistently won all the top prizes in most of the world’s prestigious choral competitions.

Recognized by the UNESCO as Artists for Peace “putting their fame and influence to promote cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace,” the University of the Philippines Madrigal Singers is one of the most awarded choral groups in the world, having consistently won all top prizes in major choral competitions.  They hold the distinction of being the first choir in the world to win the prestigious European Grand Prix for Choral Singing (1997 and 2007).

The group’s virtuosity across a vast repertoire range, its continuing promotion of Filipino choral works and the rousing and deeply emotional impact that each performance has on all audiences the world over as they sing in the distinctive set-up of sitting in a semi-circle without a conductor have established their reputation as a pioneering force in choral music and an inspirational role model for other choirs.

Today, Professor Andrea Veneracion’s designated successor Mark Anthony Carpio continues with the mission not just of leading the country’s premier choir, but also to carry on the ongoing mission of developing choirs, conductors and singers all over the world.

Mark Antony A. Carpio, Choirmaster

Mark Anthony Carpio is recognized as one of the foremost choral experts of his day.  He is presently a faculty member of the Choral Conducting Department at the University of the Philippines College of Music.

As choirmaster of the UP Madirgal Singers, he has led the group in its most recent successes:  first prizes in the Habanera and Polyphony categories in the Certámen International de Habaneras y Polifonia (Torrevieja, Spain, 2004), the Grand Prix in the 35th Florilege Vocal de Tours, France (2006), and the Grand Prize in the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing (Arrezo, Italy, 2007).

Mark, a countertenor, is also a much sought-after choral clinician and conductor to the Consortium of Voices, a choral society consisting of the Kilyawan Boys Choir, Kilyawan Male Choir and the Voces Auroræ Girls Choir.

Contact Info

Contact person:
Alfred Allan D. Samonte,Executive Director

thru:   Ma. Lucia D. Abella (Bookings Officer/International Relations Officer)
0917-8824400

Email address:  
upms2000@gmail.com

Official website:  
www.philippinemadrigalsingers.com

Facebook:  
https://www.facebook.com/upmadz



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UP Singing Ambassadors

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The University of the Philippines Singing Ambassadors (UPSA) is one of the Philippines’ foremost choral groups today. It was founded in August 12,1980 by Conductor ED MANGUIAT, winner of the Dirigentenpreis (Conductor’s Award) at the 2nd Johannes Brahms Int’l. Choir Competition in GERMANY, and the Special Prize for Excellent Conducting Performance at the Bela Bartok 25th International Choral Competition in Debrecen, HUNGARY.

UPSA initially comprised members of the five batches of the dormitory-based Kalayaan Choral Crowd (KCC) started by Ed who was then a freshman in 1975. Now on its 35th year, UPSA has gained for the Philippines and the University 5 GRAND PRIZES, 21 First Prizes and other Top Prizes in prestigious choral competitions in Arezzo & Gorizia, ITALY; Debrecen, HUNGARY; Tours, FRANCE; Varna, BULGARIA; Langollen, WALES; Neuchatel, SWITZERLAND; Torrevieja and Cantonigros, SPAIN; Sopot, POLAND; Trenscianske Tiplice, SLOVAKIA; Maasmechelen, BELGIUM; Wernigerode, GERMANY; Arnhem, the NETHERLANDS; and Prague & Pardubice, in the CZECH REPUBLIC.

UPSA also received recognition as one of the country’s premier performing groups when it was elevated to the ALIW HALL OF FAME at the 25th ALIW Awards after winning the Best Choral Group award thrice (2002, 2010, & 2011). UPSA was likewise the Philippines’ official entry to the UNESCO International Music Prize in Paris.

The UPSA Outreach Program has involved the Group in fundraising activities for the sick and the needy and also visits hospital wards, homes for the aged and orphanages. This amateur choir with professional aspirations and an international prominence finds fulfillment sharing its music to the less privileged who are constant recipients of their musical generosity through fundraising activities.

UPSA Officers AY 2015-2016
President:                             Pattrick Lim
Finance Officer:                   Edilberto Eller Dizon II

Committee Heads
Costume and Props:            Karina Ilena Salazar
Documentation:                   Joram Paul Jabonillo
Library:                                  Bryan Jacob Cruz
Membership:                        Cherry Loise Estrella
Music:                                    Mary Margery Loyola
Secretariat:                           Alberica Manuel
Technicals:                            Alexander Joseph Matthew Lazaro
Ways and Means:                Isabel Valencia

Contact Info

Contact Person:  
Mr. Ed Manguiat (Founder / Conductor)

Telephone: 
+6329249378

Email:       
upsa21@yahoo.com

Website:   
http://www.upsingingambassadors.com/

Facebook:    
https://www.facebook.com/THEUPSINGINGAMBASSADORS

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UP Staff Choral Society

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Almost four decades ago, Dr. Ramon C. Portugal, then Vice President for Administration of the University of the Philippines, envisioned a musical performing group that would fulfill the two-pronged mission of enriching and promoting Philippine culture and the arts among Filipinos here and abroad, and providing an opportunity for the staff of the University to develop into well-rounded individuals. It is through this vision that the UP Staff Choral Society was created on October 25, 1973 during the 838th meeting of the UP Board of Regents. Since then, the UP Staff Choral Society has taken its mission to heart and brought its gift of music to audiences as close to home as the UP Diliman campus and as distant as Canada and the United States.

It is composed of the University employees from the faculty, administrative, extension, research and professional units of the Diliman campus. Under the aegis of its able conductor, Chris M. Reyes, the UP Staff Chorale has mounted several concerts that included shows in venues within and outside of Metro Manila. Among the Chorale’s major concert productions were: Lipad ng Pangarap; Kayod, Kayod, Kayod…The UPSCS @ 30; Babalik Ka Rin; Like an Eagle; Bituing Natatangi; Unchained Melody; Isang Daan sa Sandaan; Tinig at Paglingap; and Dalawit.

Aside from its own productions, the UP Staff Chorale also took part in other important events in the University, including theGawad Chancellor sa mga Retirado; the weekly opening of the Senate Plenary Session; a back-to-back concert with the Malacañang Choir; the Philippine Independence Centennial Celebration in 1998; UP Naming Mahal: Rebyu na! (Awitan, Sayawan at Tawanan Pa!); and the UP Centennial Kick-off: Isang Daan sa Sandaan. The choir also had television appearances in the popular drama anthologies Maalala Mo Kaya, Sana’y Wala Nanag Wakas and Maging Sino Ka Man, and also had radio tapings at DZMM.

To date, the UP Staff Chorale has embarked on four international concert tours, the most recent ones held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from September 17 to 24, 2005; and in the US and Canada from November to December 2001. With their songs, they have assuaged the nostalgia of homesick Filipinos, as well as showcased the popular and traditional culture and musical heritage of the Philippines to audiences abroad.

Indeed, this fusion of voices and talents has gone a long way since its founding 34 years ago. To quote Dr. Ramon Portugal: “The UP Staff Chorale has already made significant contributions to the enrichment of the cultural life not only of the University of the Philippines but also communities outside the institution, with its voice literally heard far and near.”

(source:  UP Staff Chorale)

Contact Info

Ma. Cristina F. Filio, UPSCS Communications Director

Email:
cristina.filio@coe.upd.edu.ph

Phone:
9208860, 9818500 loc. 3102

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UP Voice and Music Theater Guild

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UP Voice and Music Theater Guild (UP VMTG)

The UP VMTG is a duly-recognized non-profit organization. We aim to bring classical vocal music to our fellow Filipinos for greater appreciation of the performing arts through projects, outreaches, and concerts.

Past Productions include:
~ Mosaic: A Musical Soiree
~ Just Duet: Valentine’s Concert
~ The Merry Wives of Windsor: An Opera by O. Nicolai
~ The Magic Flute: An Opera by W.A. Mozart

(source: https://www.facebook.com/UPVoiceAndMusicTheaterGuild)

Contact Info

Address: 
UP College of Music, Diliman, Quezon City

Email:   
upvoiceandmusictheaterguild@gmail.com

Facebook: 
www.facebook.com/UPVoiceAndMusicTheaterGuild