The Young Voices of the Philippines performs at Carnegie Hall, US tour

THE Young Voices of the Philippines (YVP) is delighted to announce its participation in several choral events across the United States. This is a golden opportunity to showcase Philippine music and make history as the first Filipino children’s choir to perform in the historic Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage on July 7, 2023.

From July 1 to 3, the YVP will represent the Philippines at the Voices Together: International Youth Choral Symposium at the University of Maryland. They will perform in a joint concert with all of the symposium’s choirs on July 3, 2023 at 7 p.m., in an acoustically exquisite auditorium, the Dekelboum Concert Hall, at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

To premier at the Carnegie Hall will be the exquisite four-movement piece for treble voices, Missa Virtutum (Mass of Virtues), composed and arranged by the internationally published Filipino composer Jude B. Roldan, with Dr. Janet Hostetter as conductor. Dr. Hostetter states, “Missa Virtutum is the skillful weaving of a timeless faith tradition with eastern and western tonalities, distinctive instrumental colors, rhythmic interplays, ornamented melodies, canonic episodes, and breathtaking dissonances. Only the finest composers can synthesize such lofty musical elements into an accessible and appealing tapestry for young musicians to perform. Roldan has produced a jewel that will endure in treble repertories for years to come.”

Along choirs of note, the Children’s Chorus of Washington, the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir, St. Genevieve Valiant Voices, the Toronto Children’s Chorus, the Virginia Children’s Choir and the Children’s Orchestra Society, we invite everyone to heed the melodious voices of the children and youth choirs which will surely resonate through the hearts of all listeners.

Next stop will be at the Golden Gate International Choral Festival in San Francisco, California. YVP will be one of the featured choirs in a Spotlight Concert on July 11 and at the Festival Closing Concert on July 15. YVP will be performing in several churches in the Bay Area and Oregon.

The Young Voices of the Philippines (YVP) is one of the scholar choirs currently performing under the Treble Choir Association of the Philippines, notably featuring young Filipino choristers from various social backgrounds under the choral program of their founders, Dr. Maria Theresa Vizconde-Roldan and Prof. Jude B. Roldan. As a church and community choir, YVP assists TCAP in its commitment to the progress of Philippine choral music.

As part of the esteemed Treble Choir Association of the Philippines (TCAP), YVP embraces its mission by showcasing the extraordinary talents of Filipino composers. Their impressive repertoire includes the acclaimed KATHA, a delightful collection of Filipino Folksongs for Treble Choirs, released in collaboration with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. They have also brought to life the Mass for Children, a masterpiece by the renowned Jesuit Music Ministry Jesuit Communications. YVP’s dedication to promoting Filipino artistry to the world is a vibrant celebration and honor of their cultural heritage.

The heart of the Young Voices of the Philippines lies in their unity despite their differences; these children who would not have otherwise met have their lives intersect with the beauty of music-making. YVP sings regularly at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral of Cubao and performs for various diplomatic and national events. Comprising more than 40 members, only twenty-three young individuals will participate in international choral events. The Young Voices of the Philippines represents the vibrant cultural spirit of the Philippines on the global stage.

For more information about YVP performances in Maryland, Washington D.C., New York, California and Oregon, please send message to [email protected] or follow them on Facebook (@Young Voices of the Philippines). (Dr. Maria Theresa Vizconde-Roldan, LPT)


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