NAMCYA Celebrates 45 Years of Filipino Music Excellence

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For the past 45 years, the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) has remained the most prestigious and biggest national musical competitions for young Filipino musicians.

In celebration of their 45th Anniversary, NAMCYA is pleased to announce a jam-packed season, commencing this August. The exciting line-up of activities, includes concerts at the Ayala Museum, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, featuring world renowned Filipino musicians and NAMCYA winners. Workshops will be conducted in different provinces. This milestone will be capped with NAMCYA’s Annual National Finals this coming November, bringing the country’s most promising young artists from their respective provinces to the halls of CCP.

To kick off the workshops is the NAMCYA Choir Workshop on July 26-28, 2018 at the Lyceum Northwestern University in Dagupan, Pangasinan. Award-winning conductors Dr. Arwin Q. Tan (conductor, Novo Concertante Manila) and Prof. Ramon Lijauco, Jr. (conductor, Philippine Meistersingers) will be the Resource Persons of the workshop. This is open to conductors, music teachers, and advanced singers, and will be held at the Salvador T. Duque Fieldhouse, LNU Gymnasium of the Lyceum Northwestern University.

Registration for the choir workshop is free. For inquiries and registration, please contact Ms. Jean Llamas 0915-1358400.

2016 Ten Outstanding Young Men Awardee Mr. Saturnino Tiamson, Jr., is spearheading a series of Band and Percussion Workshops.On July 30-August 1, Mr. Tiamson will lead a group of trainers for a Brass and Percussion Workshop exclusively for the MMDA Drum and Bugle Corps. This is sponsored by the Metro Manila Development Authority.

Imus WorkshopNAMCYA and JB Music present a Percussion Workshop at Imus Cavite on August 4 and 5. Facilitators include some of the country’s best percussionists and drummers: Gian Vergel, Ryan Peralta, Karmi Santiago, Jacques Rivas Dufourt, IYSB Drumline, Brigada and Gip Chan from Hong Kong.

Admission is free. For inquiries and registration, e-mail saturnino_tiamson@yahoo.com.

The NAMCYA continues to propagate Filipino music through its commissioned works which become part of the Philippine music literature. Likewise, it is instrumental in preserving and nurturing Philippine traditions through the Rondalla and Traditional Music Categories.

Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra

Jonathan Badon

Jonathan Badon

To kick-off the celebration, NAMCYA brings the strings on center stage, “Minsan Lang Kami Maging Musiko” at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The concert featuring NAMCYA winners, the Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra, and Kuwerdas Filipinas (Philippine Rondalla Ensemble) will be staged on August 15, 2018 at 8:00 pm. Guests performers will include world renowned Filipino choir Novo Concertante Manila, and International opera singers Jonathan Badon and Stefanie Quintin.

Stefani Quintin

Stefanie Quintin

Gabriel Allan Paguirigan

Gabriel Allan Paguirigan

Outstanding winners of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists will captivate our hearts with “Serenata sa Ayala” on August 29, 2018 6:30pm at the Ayala Museum. Bask in a night of classical, contemporary and Filipino music eargasm featuring 2016 NAMCYA Youth Symphonic Band First prize winner Cardona Ocho Band conducted by 2008 NAMCYA Oboe Category First prize winner Franz Ramirez, 2011 and 2015 NAMCYA Piano Category First prize winner Gabriel Allan Paguirigan, and 5-time NAMCYA Flute Category First prize winner Raymond Sarreal. The concert is part of NAMCYA’s 45th Anniversary celebration, presented in partnership with Ayala Museum.

Raymond Sarreal

Raymond Sarreal

Next in the series of concerts for the 45th Anniversary of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists features world class performances from the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Gerard Salonga and Prof. Renato Lucas with Mr. Diomedes Saraza on piano, multi-awarded baritone Andrew Fernando, international soprano Rachelle Gerodias, and 2017 NAMCYA Senior Voice Category winners Radnel Ofalsa and Nicole Pugeda. The event dubbed “Bayan ng Musika, Alay ng NAMCYA” will be held at the main theater of the historic Cultural Center of the Philippines on October 26, 2018.

This year’s categories include Junior Voice, Junior Piano, Junior Strings, Guitar, and Youth Solo Rondalla Instrument for the Solo Categories. For the Group Categories: Children ‘s Rondalla Ensemble, Youth Choir – Equal Voices, Youth Choir – Mixed Voices, and Traditional Music Category (open for solos and ensembles).

Entries must be submitted until July 27, 2018. To join, visit bit.ly/NAMCYA2018

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Celebrate 2017 National Music Week with the NAMCYA

Celebrate 2017 National Music Week with the NAMCYA

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The National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) National Finals Week coincides with the National Music Week celebrations on the last week of November.

To be held on November 21-26, 2017, the Cultural Center of the Philippines shall welcome young artists, musicians, trainors, and teachers who have reached the finals level in a nationwide competition that started early this year. Six ensembles presenting their region’s local traditions will also be presented in the Traditional Music Concert.

With generous support from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the week-long events will include competitions, outreach performances, and culminating and awarding concerts for solo instrument winners and group winners. Newly-Commissioned Works by Filipino composers will also be premiered during the Final Competitions.

The NAMCYA 2017 Finals Week Schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
2:00 PM Opening Ceremonies, CCP Little Theater
5:00 PM Senior Woodwinds, CCP Little Theater
5:00 PM Senior Piano, CCP Main Theater

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
5:00 PM Senior Voice, CCP Little Theater
5:00 PM Senior Strings, CCP Main Theater

Thursday, November 23, 2017
2:00 PM Children’s Solo Rondalla Instrument, CCP Little Theater
5:00 PM Youth Rondalla Ensemble, CCP Main Theater

Friday, November 24, 2017
5:00 PM Children’s Choir and Adult Choir, CCP Main Theater
6:00 PM Weeknights@6: Outreach Performance, Rizal Park Open Air Auditorium

Saturday, November 25, 2017
10:00 AM Traditional Music Concert, CCP Little Theater
5:00 PM Concert of Solo Instrument Winners, CCP Little Theater

Sunday, November 26, 2017
5:00 PM Concert of Group Winners and Closing Ceremonies, CCP Main Theater

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Admission is free for all events. For inquiries, please call the NAMCYA Secretariat at (02) 836-4928 / 836-4929 or visit www.namcya.com and our Social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

#galingNAMCYA #NAMCYA2017

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Accomplished musicians who have proven their brilliance nationally and internationally are set to perform in a concert on July 16, 2016, to showcase works by Filipino and foreign composers and raise funds for the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA).

To be held at the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the concert, titled #galingNAMCYA,  features past winners of NAMCYA, the country’s most prestigious music competition for the youth for more than 40 years.

The performers include:

  • Carlo Antonio Juan (Guitar)
  • Sara Maria Gonzales (Violin)
  • Christian Tan (Violin)
  • Kim Carl Mirandilla Ng (Viola)
  • Arnold Josue (Cello)
  • Gabriel Allan Paguirigan (Piano)
  • Luci Magalit (Piano)
  • Myramae Tapia Meneses (Soprano)
  • Antonio Maigue (Flute)
  • Gabriel Allan Paguirigan (Piano)
  • Reynato Resurreccion, Jr. (Oboe)
  • Ariel Sta. Ana (Clarinet)
  • Frenvee Andra (Bassoon)
  • Naomi Sison (Piano), and
  • Jay-ar Mesa (French Horn, guest horn player).

“We are very excited to have these NAMCYA winners perform and show that many of our world-class musicians were shaped by their experiences in NAMCYA,” said Renato Lucas, Secretary-General of NAMCYA, and who is also a past winner of the competition.

“We titled the concert #galingNAMCYA because we want people to know that these performers came from NAMCYA and that they represent the wealth of talent that NAMCYA attracts every year,” added Lucas.

“Before all these talent contests that we see today on TV, there was NAMCYA. It was where excellent musicians were discovered and nurtured to become world-class performers. NAMCYA continues to do that, and we want everyone to know that NAMCYA’s advocacy is to help our youth develop musical excellence and promote Philippine music.”

#galingNAMCYA aims to raise funds to help NAMCYA in its advocacy. Activities include the competitions and special performances in November, as well as outreach performances, workshops on Philippine music, and commissioning of new Filipino works.

#galingNAMCYA’s virtuosi will perform masterpieces of Filipino composers such as Nicanor Abelardo, Bayani M. De Leon, Manuel Velez, and Felipe P. De Leon, Sr., as well as works of foreign composers such as Ludwig van Beethoven, Paul Dukas, and Francis Poulenc.

For more information, please call 836-4928 or email namcya@gmail.com.

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