Rodney D.S. Ambat

Assistant Professor and Chairman, Conducting and Choral Ensemble Department
College of Music, University of the Philippines, Diliman

Tel:(632) 929-6963


Rodney D.S. Ambat obtained his Diploma in Band Conducting in 1994, degree in Orchestra Conducting in 1996, degree in Trombone in 1999 and Master's degree in Trombone in 2004 at the University of the Philippines College of Music.

Mr. Ambat has conducted the Philippine Youth Symphonic Band in 1993-94 and initiated the formation of the UP Symphonic Band in 1998 to be its Director/ Conductor until 2002. He also conducted the Manila Youth Symphony Orchestra for his graduation recital in 1996 and for accompanying piano recitalists. Graduating composition majors at the UP College of Music has chosen Ambat to conduct their works as he premiered a number of operas and chamber pieces. Additionally, he served as administrative officer and assistant conductor of the Crosswave Symphony Orchestra with founding director Prof. Josefino Toledo. Later, he became the first conductor of the UP Orchestra which was launched in January 2005 at the CCP through the efforts of Dean Ramon Acoymo. Since then, he has conducted the U.P. Orchestra in several concerts including Handel's "Messiah" and Beethoven's 9th Symphony "Ode to Joy." In addition, he also conducted operas such as "La Serva Padrona" by Pergolesi, "Dido and Aeneas" by Purcell and "Sussanah" by Carlisle Floyd. In celebration of UP Centennial Anniversary of 2008, the UP Orchestra played in a series of concerts the whole year and Rodney Ambat conducted the orchestra in varied programs. Later in 2005 he was named Co-director and Conductor of the UP Orchestra and diected it in its launching concert at the CCP. Since then, he has conducted the UP Orchestra in several performances including Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 4. In September 2010, he conducted the premiere of "Mass of Penafrancia" in its 300th year anniversary in Naga City.

As a trombonist, Ambat's experience has been wide and varied serving as principal trombone of the Philippine Youth Orchestra, Manila Youth Symphony Orchestra, the UP Chamber Orchestra and UP Jazz Ensemble. He was a prize winner in 1995 NAMCYA competition and attended several clinics and master classes including the Second ASEAN Youth Symphonic Band Workshop in Petchaburi, Thailand. He was also the leader–representative of the Ambassador Brass Quintet and long time trombone player of PUT3SKA Band who made it to the commercial music scene in the country.

His pursuance of a post –graduate degree in trombone was made possible with the arrival of American professor Ron Nethercutt from Southeastern Louisiana University. While under his supervision, he continued as a freelance trombone player playing casual at the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra until he became a regular member of The San Miguel Philharmonic Orchestra from 2004-2006. As a freelance trombone player today, he has played with different groups accompanying many local and international artists in concerts and TV appearances.

At present, he is the Chairman of the Conducting and Choral Ensemble Department and the Director/Conductor of The UP Symphonic Band.