UP Dance Company Garners Praises and Awards in 1st CCP Ballet Competition

Last November 6 and 8, 7 dancers from the UP Dance Company competed in the finals of the 1st CCP Ballet Competition. The event was divided into 2 categories, namely Junior and Senior which respectively took place at the CCP Little Theatre (Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino) at 6:00 in the evening.
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MusiKolokya: Contemporary Music in the Marcos Years First of a Series

On Friday, Nov 21, 2014 4:00 pm at the Museum of Musical Instruments, U.P. College of Music. With topics on Jose Maceda / Ading (1978): a critical dialogue by Jonas Baes, PhD  and Ramon P. Santos / Panaghoy sa Isang Bayaning Pinaslang(1983): Grasping the heroic by Verne de la Peña, PhD
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Ena Aldecoa resumes teaching after advanced training in Germany

After four years of further studies at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe in Germany Prof. Ena Maria Aldecoa returned this October to resume her post at the University of the Philippines College of Music. She holds the degree “solistische Ausbildung in Liedgestaltung - Gesang” (engl. “Art Song - Voice”), the highest in performance granted by German music universities to artists of exceptional qualities. Read More

Outreach concert "Philippine Music Panorama at Iba Pa" a success.

To realize the vision of the U.P. as the national public university of the Philippines, the Music Education Department through Musika Sophia Recorder Ensemble and JMEG Chorale, and UP Tugtuging Musika Asyatika (TUGMA) of the Musicology Department shared their music to 3,000 public high school students of Infanta National High School and residents near St. Mark's Cathedral in Infanta, Quezon last October 17-18, 2014. Read More


Last October 9, the College Secretary's Office (represented by college secretary Prof. Gemma Malicdem, student records officer Mrs. Connie Rongavilla, and administrative assistants Ms. Ely Rose Saban and Ms. Amihan Isunza), some members of the faculty, the College Student Council representatives, and the music students of the UP College of Music assembled at the Rey T. Paguio Hall to discuss pertinent university and college rules. Read More

College of Music at the “Intellectuals, the Public Arena, and the Nation”

Marking the 150th birth year of Apolinario Mabini and Isabelo de los Reyes, the College of Mass Communication, in partnership with the College of Music, College of Arts and Letters, College of Fine Arts, College of Social Science and Philosophy, School of Labor and Industrial Relations, and the Archeological Studies Program, held a conference entitled “Intellectuals, the Public Arena, and the Nation.”  Read More

Laon-Laon Forum, Conference-Workshop on Preservation of Music Heritage in Asia

The University of the Philippines College of Music and the UP Center for Ethnomusicology invites you to the LAÓN-LAÓN Forum and Conference-Workshop on Preservation of Music Heritage in Asia on October 14-18, 2014 at the University of the Philippines Diliman, Commonwealth Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City 1101, Philippines
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Visiting Artists and Scholars

Dr. Helen Samson-Lauterwald Speaks at the College

The Philippines has but a few number of noted music scholars. One of these well-known scholars who published “Contemporary Filipino Composers” in 1976 is Dr. Helen Samson-Lauterwald, an alumna of the English and Music programs at UP Diliman. Dr. Lauterwald had also published a book on the Las Pinas bamboo organ and a forthcoming one on the sarsuwelas produced by Severino Reyes in 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