Filipino American Symphony Orchestra

A promotional image of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's (FASO) special Songwriting Workshop on August 18 and 19 featuring clinicians Jimmy Borja and Dodjie Simon.

Songwriting Workshop

Join seasoned clinicians Jimmy Borja and Dodjie Simon for a special two-day songwriting workshop on August 18 and 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Glendale Adventist Academy! Check out our songwriting workshop syllabus here! Songwriting workshop participants will have the opportunity to perform their compositions at the Music Education & Outreach Recital in spring 2019, which culminates the 2018-2019 FASO Music Education & Outreach Program year. Lunch from Porta Via Italian Foods and In-N-Out is provided.

If admission’s a bit steep, no worries! Direct all inquiries, including scholarship questions, to pr@fasofoundation.org.

Our esteemed clinicians’ bios are below. You can find an enrollment form here or at the bottom of this page.

Jimmy Borja

Known as an award-winning songwriters’ songwriter, Jimmy Borja writes compelling lyrics for his fresh melodies and inventive chord progressions. Borja was born and raised in the Philippines. He now calls Los Angeles home. Borja’s biggest hits include “Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin,” interpreted by Lani Misalucha, “Sana Ngayong Pasko,” the theme song of the TV drama of same name, “If the Feeling is Gone,” interpreted by Kyla, among others. His compositions have been released on Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and Star Music, among others. His works have been performed and recorded by Sarah Geronimo, the Philippine Madrigal Singers and EDM DJ and producer Armin Van Buuren, among others. A much sought-after songwriting clinician and mentor, Borja has conducted songwriting workshops in Nashville, Chicago, Los Angeles, and most recently in San Francisco at the 27th Annual West Coast Songwriters Music Conference.

Dodjie Simon

Dodjie Simon is an award-winning and prolific OPM songwriter. He composed “Ikaw Lamang,” popularized by Zsa Zsa Padilla. He won Grand Prize at the 1999 Metropop Music Festival with his song “Can’t Stop Loving You,” interpreted by Lani Misalucha. His other awards include the Grand Prize at the Asia Song Festival with “You Lift Me Up,” interpreted by Jaya, and second place at the Manila International Song Festival with “One More Time,” also interpreted by Lani Misalucha. Dodjie was former president of KATHA, an organization of Filipino composers, and Vice-President of the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (FILSCAP) from 1995 to 2000.

The finale of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) Music Recital in 2017, which culminated its 2016-2018 Music Education & Outreach Program. Photo by Rick Gavino.

Music Education & Outreach Recital

Watch our Music Education & Outreach students show off what they’ve learned on Saturday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m. at Fritchman Auditorium, located at the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles! This event is a culminating activity for students who participated in our 2017-2018 Music Education Workshop season! The program will feature both vocal and instrumental performances. This is an adjudicated recital: students will perform for the community, for their fellow musicians and for a panel of music professionals. They’ll receive written evaluations of their performance from our panel.

The program will have two intermissions. A reception with light refreshments will follow.

This ticketed recital is open to the public, but there is no box office onsite. To purchase tickets, please contact Louie Ramos at luisramos91201@gmail.com.

The event is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the California Arts Council, and John DeFato. For more info on our Music Education Workshop Program, check out our web page.

Photo in promotion of International Space Development Conference's Filipino Heritage Night featuring Filipino American Symphony Orchestra Music Education & Outreach students.

International Space Development Conference Filipino Heritage Night & Fashion Show

One small step for Filipino Heritage Night, one giant leap for Filipinos attending the International Space Development Conference 2018 (ISDC)!

At the ISDC Filipino Heritage Night & Fashion Show organized by the National Space Society, Filipino Heritage Night will have an opportunity to showcase Philippine culture and arts! The evening will feature performances by Filipino American Symphony Orchestra Music Education & Outreach students, vocalists Nayah Damasen, Mikaela Bautista and Christina Blay, singing ventriloquist Shane Selloria, violinist Erica Delos Santos, flautist John Robert Santiago and pianist JP Rogers! Costume and fashion designer Carl Andrada of Carmelo Designs will showcase Philippine-inspired costumes that have gained him acclaim in Los Angeles beauty pageants and fashion shows. Kayamanan ng Lahi, a non-profit cultural organization whose mission is to preserve, promote and present the richness and diversity of Philippine culture through dance and music to educate, entertain and enrich, will also be featured as part of the evening’s highlights. Filipino American actor Reggie Lee is featured as a special guest. Lee has appeared in TV shows and movies such as “Grimm”, “Prison Break” and “Pirates of the Caribbean”. He’ll be a recipient of a Recognition Certificate from Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti.

This International Space Development Conference is another landmark for the National Space Society. This year, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos will receive the prestigious Gerard K. O’Neill Memorial Award for Space Settlement Advocacy at the conference. The ISDC aims to present the latest ideas and plans for space travel, space development and space settlements and to offer an opportunity for Filipinos to meet and hear from high-profile speakers and special guests in space travel, such as legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

Filipino Heritage Night is a collaborative project underwritten by the Historic Filipinotown Neighborhood Council (HiFiNC) through its President Cecilia Ramos and Vice President Leo Pandac, is and supported by the Philippine Consulate Office under the direction of Consul General Adelio Angelito S. Cruz.

Programming is provided by Kayamanan ng Lahi through its leaders Joel and Ave Jacinto and Barbara Ele.

Proceeds benefit Historic Filipinotown Festival 2018 and the HiFiTown Gateway West Project.

For tickets, click here! For more information and/or sponsorship booth opportunities, please call 747.221.2322 or email 5khifirun@gmail.com. For more information about the ISDC conference, visit isdc2018.nss.org

A photo in promotion of Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's "Swing the Night Away" at the Signature on May 20, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. Cocktails at 5:00 p.m.

Swing the Night Away 2018

*Special Swing Promo: Buy a table and get two tickets FREE! For more details, call a contact below!*

Thanks to popular demand, we’re back swinging the night away on Sunday, May 20! But this time, it’s a masquerade ball! Join guest artists Deedee Magno Hall and The Filharmonic‘s VJ Rosales, and our big band for dinner and swing dancing at the Signature Banquet Hall in Granada Hills, Calif.! Cocktails at 5:00 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Questions? Or ready to swing and nab tickets? Call:
Robert Shroder | 818.395.8936
or Arlene Ferrolino | 213.248.9850

A photo of VJ Rosales in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Swing the Night Away event on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at the Signature Banquet Hall.

Artist Spotlight: VJ Rosales

Swing the Night Away” is coming up this Sunday, so we’d like you to get to know one of our featured artists, singer-songwriter, vocal coach and musical director VJ Rosales!  Remember to watch him perform this Sunday, May 20 at the Signature Banquet Hall in Granada Hills, Calif. Cocktails at 5:00 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m.! For tickets, call Robert Shroder (818.395.8936) or Arlene Ferrolino (213.248.9850).

1. You may know VJ Rosales best as a member and musical director of the LA-based Filipino-American a cappella group The Filharmonic. Under VJ’s leadership, The Filharmonic has made leaps and bounds in the musical world with their urbanesque hip-hop sound and ’90s nostalgia! They were semifinalists on NBC’S a cappella competition “The Sing-Off,” they played the a cappella group Manila Envy in Universal Pictures’ “Pitch Perfect 2” and they’re a mainstay on “The Late Late Show with James Corden“‘s “Riff-Off” segment! They’ve also shared the stage with Linkin Park, Black Eyed Peas and Pentatonix! And these make up just a portion of their many accomplishments! Here’s a taste of VJ’s a cappella arrangements for The Filharmonic!

2. VJ’s also made a name for himself as a soloist! He offers an impressive collection of covers and original works on his YouTube channel. He’s performed alongside Fifth Harmony and Melissa Polinar, and collaborated with a cappella group VoicePlay and The Filharmonic beatboxer Niko Del Rey in this fantastic arrangement of Jason Derulo‘s “Talk Dirty”!

3. VJ grew up in household of “professional” karaoke singers! His parents forced him to sing at parties, but he secretly loved it. Having reveled in making music as a member of his high school’s marching band and vocal jazz ensemble, he realized that he wanted to pursue music for the rest of his life. After a brief stint pursuing the medical field at California State University Long Beach, VJ turned to music once again while on tour with CSULB’s premiere vocal jazz ensemble Pacific Standard Time. While the ensemble was onstage for a performance, VJ’s teachers offered him a scholarship on that condition that he majors in music! As you can probably tell, he took the offer! He earned a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from CSULB’s Bob Cole Conservatory of Music.

4. VJ’s considered an expert in the world of a cappella! His membership in musical ensembles in high school and college inspired him to teach aspiring artists. He serves as group director of A Cappella Academy, run by Ben Bram and Avi Kaplan of Pentatonix. He’s also vocal coached and arranged for pro football players on CBS’ “Most Valuable Performer“! For an inside look into his mentorship to students at A Cappella Academy, he has a vlog!

5. Listen up budding artists! VJ loves mentoring young artists like you and has some words of wisdom to offer, “Wake up everyday and understand your passion. Go for that passion no matter what it is. Do you and do it well!”

To close, we can’t help but share VJ’s gorgeous, jazzed up arrangement and performance of CeeLo Green‘s “Forget you“! We’re in love! 💖

Remember to watch VJ Rosales swing with us on Sunday, May 20! Cocktails at 5:00 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Signature Banquet Hall is located at 11130 Balboa Blvd. Granada Hills, CA 91344. For tickets, you can call Bob Shroder at 818.395.8936 or Arlene Ferrolino at 213.248.9850.

A photo of Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) musical director Robert "Bob" Shroder driving students at a FASO Music Education Workshop in a jeepney at the Pilipino Workers Center in Echo Park, Los Angeles.

Vocal Workshop | Kids Grades 3-12

Note: Due to popular demand, we’ve opened up an afternoon session from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.!

Join one of our clinicians for a Music Education workshop designed to encourage healthy singing for vocalists grades 3 – 12. We offer two sessions, one from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and one from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.! Interested? New applicants, fill out our application form hereReturning students, sign up for a new workshop here.

If you’d like to learn more about what we do our Music Education & Outreach Program, check out our web page!


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Filipino American Symphony Orchestra College Scholarship

We’re happy to announce that applications for the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra College Scholarship are open!

This $1000 scholarship was established for graduating high school seniors that have committed to a degree program at an accredited higher education institution based in the United States. All applicants must write an essay between 1,000 and 1,400 words. The essay prompt is “What does Philippine music mean to you?” Essays can be submitted in the application form below.

Questions? Email pr@fasofoundation.org.

Applications must be submitted by or before Wednesday, August 1 at 11:55 p.m. PST. Best of luck!

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