KATHERINE " KITCHY" FRANCES V. MOLINA

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

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Master of Music, Major in Voice, Minor in Choral Conducting, UP College of Music, 1999 Bachelor of Music, Major in Voice, UP College of Music, 1989 Bachelor of Science, Hotel and Restaurant Administration, 1981

Prof. Katherine Frances Valdellon Molina, more popularly known professionally as Kitchy Molina is currently the Chairman of the Department of Voice, Music Theater and Dance at the University of the Philippines College of Music where she has been teaching for 18 years. She has also served as part-time faculty in the graduate program of the Philippine Women's University College of Music. She holds three degrees from the University of the Philippines; Bachelor Of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Administration, Bachelor of Music Major in Voice ( Cum Laude) and Master of Music Major in Voice, Minor in Choral Conducting where she studied with Professor Emeritus Fides Cuyugan Asensio and Ms. Priscilla Magdamo Abraham (CMVT).

She has served as the conductor for 14 years now of the Philippine Sandalphon Singers who has served the EDSA Shrine for 18 years. She is currently taking her PhD in Philippine Studies with the TriCollege program of the University of the Philippines.

With her professional career spanning 31 years, Kitchy has performed lead roles in operas, has been soloist for large works, been a commercial jingle singer and a backup vocalist for local as well as visiting international pop artists. Aside from training classical singers, she has served as vocal coach for some of the most popular singers in the contemporary commercial music industry. Five of her private students have won the top prizes in the World Championship For Performing Arts held in Burbank, California within the past 5 years. She is a sought after adjudicator for singing competitions. She was a a resident judge for Season 1 of the Pinoy Dream Academy which made her Overall Voice Mentor in Season 2.

Having completed the certification course of the McClosky Institute of Voice in 2008 in Boston, USA, she is currently the only Certified McClosky Voice Technician(CMVT) based in the Philippines, and the third from Asia. She is also the first singing voice therapist to form part of the staff of the St. Luke's Medical Center's Voice, Swallowing and Sinus Center in Bonifacio Global City.