Rey Ki, Chinese Filipino entrepreneur, frames Philippine sheet music from 1890s

Inspired by the effort of the College of Music library in preserving rare Philippine music manuscripts and prints, Chinese Filipino entrepreneur Rey Ki framed the covers of original Philippine music prints of "Jours de Retraite" (Suite of Valses) and "Los Ciclistas" (Tanda de Valses)  by Jose A. Estella (1870-1943) and donated these to the College on 10 December 2014.
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DepEd Teams Up with UP College of Music in Recording of Songs for the Distribution of Educational-Purpose Digital Pianos

The University of the Philippines College of Music (UPCoM), in collaboration with the Department of Education of the Philippines (DepEd) and Booyoung Co., Ltd. (Booyoung), conducted a recording of five Filipino folk songs and a translated version of the Korean Graduation song inside the Abelardo Hall of the UPCoM on the 18th of November 2014. -
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Student Arceo wins Busan Choral Competition

Christopher Arceo with an all-male Filipino choral ensemble, was recently hailed as champions and winner of the Grand Prize of the 10th Busan International Choral Festival and Competition held from October 13-18, 2014. -
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MusiKolokya: Explorations into Music and Power

A Culminating Activity of MUS 399 (SEMINAR IN MUSIC ii) with Professor Jonas Baes, PhD. Featured Scholars:Josefina B. Antonio, Nathan V. Manimtim, and Rosalia G. Dim. The event will be held at 5:00 PM, Monday, 1 December 2014 Museum of Instruments UP College of Music . Free Admission -
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Visiting Artists and Scholars

Dr. Helen Samson-Lauterwald Speaks at the College

The Philippines have but a few number of noted music scholars. One of our very own music scholar who published “Contemporary Filipino Composers” in 1976, is Dr. Helen Samson-Lauterwald, an alumna of the English and Music programs at UP Diliman, and also a graduate of the University of Cologne, Germany. Dr. Lauterwald have published a book on the Las Pinas bamboo organ and a new and forthcoming one is a book on sarsuelas of Severino Reyes in the early 20th century. Read more

A Lecture demonstration on 'Khayal' tradition in Hindustani Classical Music by Ashwini bhide Deshpande

With Yati Bhagwat on the Tabla, Atmaram Bicholkar on the Harmonium. Friday October 17, 2014 2:30-4:30 pm Abelardo Hall Auditorium. Open to all, free of charge. For more details, please email or call 0929-3360541. Presented to you by the UP College of Music and Music in Manila.

Dr. William John Summers lectures about the performance history of professional Tagalog theatre companies during the years 1848-1898

Held at the College Museum of Instruments last October 10, 2014, Dr. William John Summers from Darmouth College said that even there were great destructions during the war in Manila, some daily newspapers survived, and the first advertisement for a Tagalog theatre performance was carried by La Estrella on August 1, 1848. The title of the play was written in Spanish Doncella De Missolonghi (Maid of Missolonghi). He mentioned briefly the local and touring Circus troupes; presence of the Bull Fights (Tagalog women matadoras); seven regimental wind bands stationed in Manila (one was the Cavite wind band); and the Teatro de Tondo, a Tagalog Theater in W. E. Retana (1905). The following are the accounts from his newspaper database: 1) at least 290 Tagalog theatre performances were advertised in the papers; 2) at least 100 different titles in Spanish were given; 3) 25 works appear that held on stage for 10 or more years in repeat performances particularly by Francisco Baltazar; 4) Tagalog theatre season took place from the months of October to March, and longer season took place in 1859, 1860, and 1865; 5) loss of documentation of theatre traditions in 1860, no papers survived; 6) diverse mix of genres were comedias, tragedias, gran comedias, program with ballets (1870), and inserts of vocal experts from famous operas, placed between acts; 7) ticket prices for Tagalog theatre were lower than Spanish language performances.

A Korean Pansori Workshop by Prof. Woo Ji Yong

September 30, 2014 Tuesday, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. at the UP College of Music, Museum of Instruments. Prof. Woo Ji Yong is currently teaching at Korean Academy in Seoul, South Korea. He finished Masters in Korean University major in Korean folklore. He is now a PhD candidate in Korean University with specialization in Pansori. He is a member of the National Theater of Korea for more than 20 years as Pansori singer.

On The Role of Music in Intercultural Exchange, Colonialism, and Globalization by Dr David R. M. Irving

September 18, 2013 (Thursday) 2:30 – 4:30 P.M. at the UP College of Music, Museum of Instruments. Dr David R. M. Irving is Lecturer in Music at The Australian National University. He is the author of Colonial Counterpoint: Music in Early Modern Manila. He has published numerous articles and book chapters, and in 2010 the Royal Musical Association awarded him the Jerome Roche Prize ‘for a distinguished article by a scholar in the early stages of his or her career’. His current work explores the impact of Portuguese, Dutch and British colonialism on the musical traditions of the Malay-Indonesian Archipelago, c.1500–c.1850.


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About the College of Music

Dr. In 1916, the Conservatory aimed at the education of pupils in a serious study of music with a view to a professional career in some branch of the art. The Conservatory, therefore, arranged its curriculum so that all pupils in its regular courses who wanted to be teachers, singers or performers on any instrument also pursued theoretical subjects which were necessary in a holistic education. These were taken together with instrumental and vocal lessons. READ MORE

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