Jonathan Velasco

Lecturer, Department of Voice and Music Theater and Dance
College of Music, University of the Philippines, Diliman



Jonathan Velasco sang with the University of the Philippines Madrigal Singers under Prof. Andrea Veneracion in 1981 to 1989, becoming its assistant choirmaster a year after he joined. In 1989, he started his studies in Choral Conducting at the Berliner Kirchenmusikschule under Martin Behrmann and finished with distinction. He was a member and assistant conductor of the World Youth Choir, and for the 1996 summer session became its first Asian conductor.

He has been a member of the jury in choral competitions in Europe and Asia. In 1993 he joined the faculty of the Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music in Manila, and is currently the Chairman of Choral Studies. He is also a lecturer for Voice at the University of the Philippines College of Music. Velasco regularly holds choral clinics and workshops in Manila as well as in Germany, France, Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands, Israel, Japan, China, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. He currently conducts the Ateneo Chamber Singers, the Miriam College Glee Club, the NAPOCOR Chorale and the Globalink Holdings Corporation Chorale. Together with his choirs, he has won first prizes in choral competitions in Maribor (Slovenia), Cork (Ireland), Marktoberdorf (Germany), and Tolosa (Spain).

Velasco has been part of the artistic committee of the Polyfollia Festival in St. Lo, France since 2005. He was also a member of the artistic committee of the 8th World Symposium on Choral Music held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in July 2008. In January of 2008, he was elected the first President of the newly formed Philippine Choral Directors Association.

Born in 1962 in Manila, Jonathan studied Piano, Voice & Choral Conducting at the University of the Philippines College of Music. He later furthered his conducting studies at the Berliner Kirchenmusikschule in Berlin, Germany.
Jonathan is a sought-after choral clinician and has conducted many workshops and choral clinics around the world. In 1996, he became the first Asian conductor of the World Youth Choir. Today, he often adjudicates at international competitions in Asia, Europe & the USA.
After serving as a member and assistant conductor of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, Jonathan founded the Philippine Chamber Choir in 1998. He was also the guest conductor of the Ateneo College Glee Club during their European Tours in 2000 and 2001. From 2001 to 2003, Jonathan took on the position of conductor of the first professional choir in the Philippines, the San Miguel Master Chorale.
He has served as the ACS’ music director and conductor since 2001 and is conductor to several other choral groups as well. He is the incumbent president of the Philippine Choral Directors Association (PCDA).