TRAININGS :: Open Choral Clinic Series :: Angeles City
Craving for more
_Luis D. Manalili Jr.
Conductor, Coro Angeleño
More than a month of preparations and, finally, it is over. The PCDA Region III Open Choral Clinic was indeed an event to remember as it brought knowledge as well as friendships not just to the choirs and conductors in the region but from other places as well.
All participating choirs prepared for this occasion; it was a venue for them to showcase their talents in a "precious" hour with our esteemed clinicians Ms. Malou Hermo of the Ateneo College Glee Club and Ms. Anna Tabita Abeleda-Piquero of the University of the East Chorale and University of the Visayas Chorale.
My choir was tasked to sing the national anthem. This gave me grave chills. Expert conductors and choral singers will grace the event and I was afraid to make a wrong beat. But what made me pull it off was the pride of leading the whole congregation in singing our beloved “Lupang Hinirang”.
It was a wonderful time to be receive advice and taught techniques on how to improve my choir’s performance by no other than Ms. Hermo. The wit of Ms. Piquero kindled the enthusiasm of the participating choirs and observers. Some even had the chance to have solo vocalization from our experts to improve their singing.
“We are all here to learn,” as Eric Santos, Region III Coordinator, would always tell us. With that in mind, I kept a notebook handy for some important techniques and tips from our clinic masters; I was able to fill out 3 pages of it! These and some advices will be challenges for me and my group. I know we have learned and will always learn from them.
Two days, 10 choirs, more than 300 singers, 13 session hours of learning and singing, new PCDA Members, new friendships... these and more came with the Philippine Choral Directors Association’s Open Choral Clinic. And this is just the beginning, as we crave for another serving soon.
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