Join the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra for its 10th anniversary concert at the historic Alex Theatre on Saturday, November 3 at 7:00 pm! Be a part of this history-making event as FASO celebrates 10 years of advocacy for Philippine creativity and artistry.
Tickets are available online and onsite for $20, $40 and $60. Purchase tickets online here and check out info on the Alex Theatre’s physical box offices here. Children 2 years of age and under may enter for free. Student discounts and group rates apply. Contact Louie Ramos at email@example.com, for more info on those special prices.
We also have advertising and sponsorship opportunities! Our 10th anniversary Commemorative Book, which will highlight the orchestra’s legacy and future, has a special advertisement section. Here, members and friends of FASO can submit their own writtentributes to the orchestra. Businesses can also submit advertisements that highlight their own services. You can also make a donation and get listed in the book on our Donors & Sponsors page! Find advertisementformshere and view sponsorship forms here! Send all forms for advertisements and sponsorships to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than September 25. Questions? Email Claire Espina at email@example.com
The Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) is pleased to announce its International Composition Competition for Philippine Folk Music for students. This composition competition is dedicated to the promotion of Philippine folk music and was established in honor of FASO’s 10th anniversary. All participants must submit an original composition for full orchestra (no vocals) that incorporates a theme(s) from any Philippine folk song(s). The composition must be between 3 and 5 minutes.
A distinguished panel of judges will select a winner, who will be awarded a $1000 prize. The second place winner will receive a prize of $500. The winning piece will have its world premiere at FASO’s 10th anniversary concert in Los Angeles in November 2018.
Composition scores, demo recordings and application form are due July 31, 2018 at 11:55 p.m. PST. Demo recordings and composition scores should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. See below for more details on submission logistics.
The following is a list of composition competition rules and requirements. The application form can found hereand at the bottom of this page.
Rules and Requirements
This international composition competition is open to composers of all nationalities registered in a college, university or film school as of 2018. Students graduating from their respective programs in 2018 are welcome to participate.
Multiple composers may collaborate on one competition entry as long as each composer satisfies the previous requirement above.
The composition may not have vocals.
The composition should not have been commercially released, posted publicly on content-sharing websites (e.g., YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo etc.) or performed in public as of the deadline. A composition will not be accepted if it has won first prize in another competition(s). Compositions that originated as school projects or that have been performed in school recitals may be submitted.
The composition must use standard symphonic orchestra instrumentation. For your reference, FASO has the following instrumentation: 2+picc, 2d1, 2+bass, 2 – 3, 3, 3, 1, timp, perc, hp, str.* You may include Philippine instruments (e.g., kulintang, angklung, rondalla instruments, etc.), but it is not required.
The composition must incorporate theme(s) from any Philippine folk song(s). Clarification on what we mean: Of course, Philippine folk songs with established melodies already exist. The composition component in this competition is the arrangement of those melodies. There are many opportunities to be innovative and creative in the composition process. The composition may be in any style, genre or form. Some examples:
A straightforward orchestration of a folk song melody
Medley of themes
Variations of a theme
Mashup of multiple themes
The composition’s score in PDF format and a demo recording in MP3 format must be emailed to email@example.com on the same day that the online application formis submitted. You may use one or a combination of the following for the demo recording: live instrument performance, MIDI mockup, synthesizer, playback from notation software (e.g., Finale, Sibelius etc.). Keep in mind that the quality of the demo recording will have no impact on the evaluation of the composition. The duration of the recording must be between 3 and 5 minutes.
The participant must submit an application fee of $15. Fee payments can be made online on the application form. Credit card and PayPal are accepted.
A distinguished panel of judges will score and judge competition entries according to criteria provided below.
Creative use of music composition elements including, but not limited to form, genre, groove/feel, melody, counterpoint, harmony, rhythm and textures.
• Instrument parts are in playable range and are readable for college-level and professional musicians
• Lines and harmonies are effectively orchestrated
• Effective use of dynamics and articulation
• Effective utilization of the orchestra families
• Effective focus, balance and separation between multiple layers
• The composition is identifiable as Philippine folk music in an orchestral setting
• All audiences can relate to the piece (via subjective assessment by the judges)