The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) through its Cultural Exchange Department (CED) and the Philippine Madrigal Singers (MADz) through the Andrea O. Veneracion Sing Philippines Foundation Inc. (AOVSPFI), in partnership with Batangas City, one of CCP’s Kaisa sa Sining Regional Arts Center in Luzon, hold a regional music camp with outreach concerts featuring the Sing Philippines Youth Choir (SPYC) tour group of 2019-2020, in Batangas City from August 20-25, 2019.

Composed of 40 singers selected from SPYC batches 1 to 3, the SPYC tour group members come from 24 provinces/communities all over the country.  The week-long music camp in Batangas City, which is the Luzon leg, will include sessions on singing and breathing techniques, enhancing capabilities of the singer and enabling them to contribute strongly to their respective voice sections.  The pool of trainors is led by MADz choirmaster Mark Anthony Carpio together with MADz alumni Cecilia O. Valeña (Chair-UP Department of Voice Music Theater and Dance); Nil’s Emerson Flores (bass-baritone); and Alfred Allan Samonte (MADz Executive Director). The outreach concerts will be held at the covered court of Brngy. Iligan, Batangas City on August 23-3:00pm and at the Batangas City Convention Center on August 24-5:00pm.

The SPYC project was launched in June 2014 by the MADz and the CCP CED. To date, the SPYC has 155 choristers/members from 72 provinces/local communities across the country.  The Sing Philippines movement brings to life the vision of National Artist and MADz founder Andrea O. Veneracion, of a nation singing in harmony and united in songs.  The next strategic goals of the SPYC organizers is to further advance the music training (through music camps in the regions) of a pre-auditioned group from the three batches, present them in local outreach performances this year, present them in an international concert tour in 2020 and finally have them participate in one of the prestigious choral competition in Europe in 2020.

Preparations for the Visayas and Mindanao leg of the music camp are underway.  For more information, contact the CCP Cultural Exchange at 832-1125 locals 1708-1709. (PR)

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