In recognition of the Filipinos’ innate love for music, the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) was formally organized in 1973 under Presidential Proclamation 1173, and amended in November 1988 as a response to the “Imperative need to preserve, develop and promote Philippine music as an art and as a handmaid of cultural development. PP1173 designated the last week of November of each year as National Music Week, with the NAMCYA Competitions as the main highlights of the celebration.
In 2001, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Presidential Proclamation 80 which affirms NAMCYA’s mission for the nation’s young artists. This proclamation further designates the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) as the primary supporting agency of this endeavor.
NAMCYA has been a principal instrument in discovering major music talents from all over the country. Its projects have involved and continue to involve countless musicians, trainers and administrators, all serving in the difficult but fulfilling process of selecting the best artists from all seventeen regions of the nation annually.
NAMCYA carries out a three-fold program: discovering outstanding young Filipino musicians from every region of the country through annual competitions; developing these musicians through Workshops and Training Programs; and enhancing and expanding the appreciation for and performance of Filipino music by way of mandated competition repertoire programs and commissioning of new works.
This 2013, the NAMCYA continues with its national competition.
Deadline for receiving Application Packets at the NAMCYA Secretariat Office: July 31 on or before 5 p.m.
September 14: Regional Center IV, Mindanao Cluster
September 21: Regional Center III, Visayas Cluster
September 28: Regional Center I, Northern Luzon Cluster
October 5: Regional Center II-A, Metro Manila and Luzon Cluster
October 12: Regional Center II-B, Metro Manila and and Luzon Cluster
November 19 to 24: NAMCYA Week: National Final Competitions and Awarding of Prizes, Concert of Winners Cultural Center of the Philippines
November 19, 2013: Opening Ceremonies – Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater); Piano, Category C – Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater)
November 20: French Horn, Category C – Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater); Tuba, Category C – Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater)
November 21: Marimba, Category C – Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater); Violin, Category A-2 – Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater)
November 22: Rondalla Category B – Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater); Choir, Category A – Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater); Traditional Music Ensemble, Outreach activity
November 23: Traditional Music Ensembles Category A, Showcase
November 24: Concert of Winners at Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater)