THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) — through its Cultural Exchange Department (CED) — and the Philippine Madrigal Singers (MADz), through the Andrea O. Veneracion Sing Philippines Foundation Inc. (AOVSPFI), hold a regional music camp with outreach concerts. Featuring the Sing Philippines Youth Choir (SPYC) tour group of 2019-2020, the successful event was in partnership with Batangas City, one of CCP’s Kaisa sa Sining Regional Arts Center in Luzon.
Composed of 40 singers selected from SPYC batches 1 to 3, the SPYC tour group members come from 24 provinces/communities all over the country.
The week-long music camp in Batangas City, which is the Luzon leg, include sessions on singing and breathing techniques, enhancing capabilities of the singer and enabling them to contribute strongly to their respective voice sections.
The pool of trainers is led by MADz choirmaster Mark Anthony Carpio together with MADz alumni UP Department of Voice Music Theater and Dance Chairman Cecilia Valeña, bass-baritone Emerson Flores and MADz Executive Director Alfred Allan Samonte.
The outreach concerts were held at the Batangas City Convention Center on Saturday at 5 p.m. and the covered court of Barangay Iligan, Batangas City on August 23 at 3 p.m.
The SPYC project was launched in June 2014 by the MADz and the CCP CED.
To date, the SPYC has 155 choristers/members from 72 provinces/local communities across the country.
The Sing Philippines movement brings to life the vision of National Artist and MADz founder Andrea Veneracion of a nation singing in harmony and united in songs.
The next strategic goal of the SPYC organizers is to further advance the music training (through music camps in the regions) of a pre-auditioned group from the three batches; present them in local outreach performances this year, in an international concert tour in 2020; and finally have them participate in one of the prestigious choral competitions in Europe in 2020.
Preparations for the Visayas and Mindanao legs of the music camp are underway.