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August 6, 2013

Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival 2013 @ the CCP

The Cultural Center of the Philippines, with the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, presents the Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival, Manila 2013 on August 7-10, 2013 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the world renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers and to honor its founder National Artist for Music Andrea O. Veneracion, one of the pillars in the promotion and development of choral music in the country. The Festival will see the fruition of the first international choral competition in the history of the art of choral music in the country.

The following choirs will compete in the following competition categories: Folk Music, Chamber Choir and Vocal Ensemble: Aleron, Coro Tomasino, De La Salle University-Dasmariñas Chorale, Earth Choir, Ensamble Vocal Cinco, Holy Angel University Chorale, Kammerchor Manila, Koro Ilustrado, Novo Concertante Manila, ONE Chamber Choir, Paragita Student Choir of Universitas Indonesia, Technological Institute of the Philippines Choral Society, The Bangkok Voices, The La Salle Chorale, University of San Agustin Troubadours, University of Southeastern Philippines Harmonia Polifonica Chorale, University of the Philippines Los Baños Choral Ensemble, University of the Philippines Manila Chorale, University of the Philippines Medicine Choir, World Vision Korea Children’s Choir.
Click here for the Competition Guidelines. 
The Folk Music category highlights the folk music of one’s country and region, with each of the participating choirs, whether foreign or local,  rendering a Filipino folk song.
The Chamber Choir category is the most challenging category in the Competiton. Each of the choirs are required to render choral works specific to particular musical styles:  one (1) from the Renaissance or  Early Baroque Period, one (1) from the Romantic Period,  and (1) from the 20th to the 21st Century.  In addition to the three required choral works is  obligatory piece  Three Kalingga Chants, a newly commissioned work for the Festival, written by noted Filipino composer Nilo Alcala.
The Vocal Ensemble category will see the choirs perform freely chosen works. Each choir is free to sing  choral pieces  in any particular style  except folk music. The point of interest in this category is that the maximum number of singers is only 12.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013; Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)
  • 5 PM – Opening Ceremonies
  • 7 PM – Folk Music Competition

Thursday, August 8, 2013; Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)      
  • 7 PM – Chamber Choir Competition

Friday, August 9, 2013; Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)
  • 7 PM – Vocal Ensemble Competition

Saturday, August 10, 2013; Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)
  • 4 PM – Philippine Madrigal Singers Gala Concert
  • 7 PM – Closing/Awarding Ceremonies


The Competition jury is composed of the following:
Eric Banks (USA) Seattle-based American composer, choral conductor and ethnomusicologist. Founder of The Esoterics, an internationally known professional chamber ensemble.
Michael Barrett (South Africa)
A choral conductor and composer. Won many national and international awards for conducting and has been invited as adjudicator for many choir competitions.
Oscar Escalada (Argentina)
Noted conductor, adjudicator, and composer whose works such as Tangueando and Milonguera are widely performed.
Gary Graden  (Sweden)
Sweden-based choral director. In demand as conductor, teacher, and adjudicator throughout the world.
Mark Anthony Carpio  (Philippines)
Choirmaster of the Philippine Madrigal Singers since 2001.  He has led the Singers in numerous international concert tours and competitions where the choir won top prizes and garnered special recognition.
Read more about the members of the jury here.

Read more about National Artist for Music Andrea Veneracion and the Philippine Madrigal Singers here


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To read Press Release, click here.

  • Performances schedule

  • August 7, 2013

    • 5:00 pm - TANGHALANG NICANOR ABELARDO (Main Theater)
    • 7:00 pm - TANGHALANG NICANOR ABELARDO (Main Theater)
  • August 8, 2013

    • 7:00 pm - TANGHALANG NICANOR ABELARDO (Main Theater)
  • August 9, 2013

    • 7:00 pm - TANGHALANG AURELIO TOLENTINO (Little Theater)
  • August 10, 2013

    • 4:00 pm - TANGHALANG NICANOR ABELARDO (Main Theater)
    • 7:00 pm - TANGHALANG NICANOR ABELARDO (Main Theater)

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