Filipino American Symphony Orchestra

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Call for Young Composers: International Composition Competition for Philippine Folk Music

The Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) is pleased to announce its International Orchestral Composition Competition for student composers. This 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 pr@fasofoundation.org. See below for more details on submission logistics.

The following is a list of competition rules and requirements. The application form can found here and at the bottom of this page.

Rules and Requirements

  • This international competition is open to composers of all nationalities registered in a college, university or film school as of 2018.
  • 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 pr@fasofoundation.org on the same day that the online application form is 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.

Judging Criteria

A distinguished panel of judges will score and judge competition entries according to criteria provided below.

Creativity (40%)
Creative use of music composition elements including, but not limited to form, genre, groove/feel, melody, counterpoint, harmony, rhythm and textures.

Orchestration (40%)
• 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

Impact (20%)
• 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)

Questions? Email pr@fasofoundation.org.

* Click here for an explanation of shorthand notation.

A head shot of Paul Concepcion in promotion the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center on December 8.

Artist Spotlight: Paul Concepion

A head shot of Paul Concepcion in promotion the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center on December 8.

Our Holiday Pops Concert is upon us (It’s tomorrow!) And we have one last artist under the spotlight—a pianist beloved throughout the Southern California Filipino-American music community for his talent and signature wit—FASO’s very own Paul Conception, Read up on Paul in our latest spotlight and watch him rock a piano solo in our performance of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue tomorrow night at 6 p.m. at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center!

1. Paul earned his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at University of the Philippines (UP). He ended up teaching at UP right after his graduation! He later took up graduate studies in Piano Performance at the Musashino Ongaku Daigaku in Tokyo.

2. His musical travels didn’t stop in grad school! Paul performed throughout Europe and North America as the pianist of acclaimed UP Concert Chorus and as a member of the folkloric UP Kasarinlan Ensemble.

3. Paul’s also a choir director! He currently directs the St. Lorenzo Ruiz Church Choir in Walnut, Calif. (one of our community choirs featured in our upcoming Holiday Pops Concert!) He’s directed the choirs of First United Methodist Church in Downtown Los Angeles, Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Temple City, Calif. and St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church in Lomita, Calif.

4. Paul is heavily involved in Southern California’s music scene as an active collaborator and teacher. He’s a member of the American College of
Musicians/National Guild of Piano Teachers and the Whittier Branch of Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC). Paul has had the distinction of being MTAC’s past president!

5. A really fun fact: Paul performed for Mrs. Rosalyn and President Jimmy Carter for Mrs. Carter’s eighty-eighth birthday in Plains, Ga.!

Paul Concepcion Jamming at a David Pomeraz and Stephen Bishop Concert

Watch Paul Concepcion rock his piano solo (and our other repertoire!) tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center! Celebrate the holidays with us and support tons of talented FilAm artists at our Holiday Pops Concert. Online ticketing closes today, but you can always order tickets over the phone at 213.248.9850! Or purchase your tickets tomorrow at Arcadia Performing Arts Center’s physical box office right starting at 5 p.m. right before the concert! The Arcadia Performing Arts Center is located at 188 Campus Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007. See you all there!

 

GOD Faith Choir Picture with Robert Shroder at the St. Philomena Church Fiesta Concert

Artist Spotlight: GOD Faith Choir

GOD Faith Choir Picture with Filipino American Symphony Orchestra music director Robert Shroder at the St. Philomena Church Fiesta Concert. Photo in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert on December 9 at the Arcadia Performing Arts Concert.
The GOD Faith Choir with Filipino American Symphony Orchestra music director Robert Shroder at the St. Philomena Church Fiesta Concert

Today, the GOD Faith Choir, an ensemble based in the St. Philomena Catholic Church in Carson, Calif., is under the spotlight! You can watch this ensemble perform as part of a coalition of community choirs at our Holiday Pops Concert on December 9 at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center!

The GOD Faith Choir behind the scenes at rehearsal in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert on December 9 at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center.
The GOD Faith Choir at rehearsal.

1. The GOD Faith Choir, formerly known as the St. Philomena REP Choir, got started in 2003! Catechists in the St. Philomena Religious Education Program brought students enrolled in St. Philomena catechism classes together to sing for church events in 2003. Since then, the ensemble has touched the lives of 3 generations of choristers!

2. The GOD Faith Choir is a community of kids from all over Carson! They practice every Saturday afternoon as part of the St. Philomena music ministry. And this ensemble can’t do all that it does without its team of volunteer pianists, guitarists, advisers and coordinators, many of which are parents of choristers and St. Philomena catechists!

A photo of the GOD Faith Choir volunteer guitarists in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert on December 9 at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center.
The GOD Faith Choir’s volunteer guitarists.
A photo of GOD Faith Choir alums and volunteer assistants in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert on December 9 at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center..From left to right: Megan Dia, Kristelle Arzaga and Camille De Vera.
GOD Faith Choir alumnae and volunteer assistants From left to right: Megan Dia, Kristelle Arzaga and Camille De Vera.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. This ensemble also acts! In 2014, the ensemble performed their first Lenten play, a two-day presentation titled “The Station of the Cross, Via Dolorosa Pantomime,” which featured the choir’s first generation. The cast was 50 members strong! The second generation of the GOD Faith Choir put on another Lenten play titled “Station of the Cross, Via Dolorosa – Re-enactment” in 2016. Both plays were presented to the St. Philomena parish community!

A photo from GOD Faith Choir's 2014 play “The Station of the Cross, Via Dolorosa Pantomime" om 2014. Photo in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert on December 9 at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center.
The “La Pieta” scene from the GOD Faith Choir’s 2014 play “The Station of the Cross, Via Dolorosa Pantomime” in 2014.

4. The choir had the honor of performing at the Tulak Karunungan (Learn the Knowledge) Benefit Concert, spearheaded by 2009 “CNN Hero of the Year” Efren Peñaflorida. A teacher and social worker, Peñaflorida founded Dynamic Teen Company, an organization that offers education to underserved Filipino youth as an alternative to street gangs. And each year, the GOD Faith Choir performs at the City of Carson Philippine Independence Day Mass, at Veterans Park!

Watch the GOD Faith Choir on Saturday, December 9 at 6:00 p.m. at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center! Celebrate the holidays with us and support tons of talented FilAm artists at our Holiday Pops Concert. You can purchase tickets online through this link or through our ticket extraordinaire, Andy Tecson, at 323.467.5096. The Arcadia Performing Arts Center is located at 188 Campus Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007. See you all there!

Picture of Reymond Umali at the St. Philomena Fiesta Concert
Reymond Umali (on the right) at the St. Philomena Fiesta Concert.

This article was written in memory of the GOD Faith Choir’s Assistant Director Reymond Umali, who recently passed away on November 18 of this year. FASO sends its condolences to Reymond’s family, friends and fellow parish community members.

A headshot of Janelle Feraro in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert.

Artist Spotlight: Janelle Feraro

A headshot of Janelle Feraro in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert.

Happy early Thanksgiving, FASO fam! Today, 12-year-old powerhouse vocalist Janelle Feraro, a featured artist at our Holiday Pops Concert, is under the spotlight!

1. Born in San Francisco, Janelle started singing at the age of 3. Her first public performance was at her church, the Crossroads Christian Center!

A photo of Janelle Feraro with her World Championship of Performing Arts awards in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert.
Janelle Feraro with her World Championship of Performing Arts awards.

2. Janelle is a proud member of Bantay Bata Voices (BBV), based in San Jose, Calif.! This awesome ensemble regularly organizes fundraising events to benefit underprivileged families and survivors of child abuse in the Philippines.

3. A decorated vocalist, Janelle has won an impressive number of awards and honors. In July 2016, she brought home 3 gold medals and 2 divisional awards at the World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) as a member of Team USA! She won the 2016 Golden Voice Anthem Contest, which earned her a spot to to open a San Francisco 49ers game with her own rendition of the National Anthem. Janelle also sang the National Anthem with her choir for the Golden State Warriors’ Filipino Heritage Nights in 2016 and 2017.

A Picture of Janelle Feraro with her Golden Voice award from the San Francisco 79ers' Golden Voice Anthem Contest in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert.
Janelle Feraro with her San Francisco 49ers Golden Voice Anthem Contest award.
A Picture of Janelle Feraro with her awards in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert.
A Picture of Janelle Feraro with her Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu awards.

4. Janelle is not only a decorated singer. She’s also a decorated yellow belt Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner! In 2015, Janelle brought home gold at Jiu-Jitsu by the Bay and at the Charles Gracie Invitational Tournament. She won gold again at the Charles Gracie Invitational Tournament in 2016!

5. This summer, Janelle lent her voice to Spark of Creation Studio‘s Polynesian dance troupe Te Pura O Te Rahura’a. Their collaboration took flight at the 2017 Tahiti Fête of San Jose, the largest Tahitian dance competition in the United States!

Watch Janelle Feraro on Saturday, December 9 at 6:00 p.m. at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center! Celebrate the holidays with us and support tons of talented FilAm artists at our Holiday Pops Concert. You can purchase tickets online through this link or through our ticket extraordinaire, Andy Tecson, at 323.467.5096. The Arcadia Performing Arts Center is located at 188 Campus Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007. See you all there!

A photo of Shane Selloria and Winston, the turtle, in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert at Arcadia Performing Arts Center.

Artist Spotlight: Shane Selloria (& Winston, The Turtle)

Sweet treats, spooky ghosts and kids in costumes–Halloween has come and gone and the holidays are around the corner. That means it’s time to get excited for our December 9 Holiday Pops Concert and our featured artists! Speaking of uncommon phenomena, this will be our first concert featuring a singing turtle! First up in this round of Artist Spotlight is 10-year-old singing ventriloquist Shane Selloria, and his friend Winston, the turtle!

1. Shane’s self-taught ventriloquist skills have earned him honors and awards! Shane recently won First Place at the 18th Annual Youth Cultural Arts Foundation Talent Show. He was finalist in Shoreline’s Got Talent too! He also attracted the attention of legendary ventriloquist of “America’s Got Talent” fame, Terry Fator. Shane had a personal meet-and-greet with Fator this past July.

A photo of Shane Selloria in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's 2017 Holiday Pops Concert. This is a picture of Shane after his first place win at the 18th Annual Youth Cultural Arts Foundation Talent Show. From Shane Selloria's Facebook like page.
Shane’s shock at winning this year’s YCAF Talent Show.
A photo of Shane Selloria in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's 2017 Holiday Pops Concert. This is a photo of Shane's personal meeting with Jerry Fator. From Shane Selloria's Facebook like page.
A photo from Shane’s meet-and-greet with Terry Fator.

2. Shane shares his talents at many community events. His most recent fundraiser was the Sari Sari Talent Show for the Filipino Cultural School, one of our community partners! Shane has also graced many special occasions such as weddings and fiestas.

3. Shane is currently auditioning for sitcom, TV commercial and modeling roles at the International Performing Arts Showcase in Hollywood. Be sure to send him lots of love, support and positive thoughts!

 

4. When he isn’t hanging with Winston, Shane likes to dance, swim and play soccer!

A photo of Shane Selloria in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's 2017 Holiday Pops Concert. This is a collage of a photo of Shane in soccer attire and a photo of Shane with his many swimming awards. From Shane Selloria's Facebook like page.
A glimpse of Shane’s world outside of his time with Winston.

5. Here’s a tidbit on Winston in Shane’s own words: “Winston is an impersonating turtle. He can sing, dance and levitate. People say he looks like a frog, but he is a turtle. We met at a Terry Fator show. The first thing he said to me was, ‘Wow! You can sing?’ We’ve been best friends ever since.”

A GIF of Shane Selloria and Winston, the turtle, in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's 2017 Holiday Pops Concert.

Watch this GIF with sound (live and not in GIF form!) on Saturday, December 9 at 6:00 p.m. at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center! Celebrate the holidays with us, and support Shane, Winston and tons of other talented artists at our Holiday Pops Concert. You can purchase tickets online through this link or through our ticket extraordinaire, Andy Tecson, at 323.467.5096. The Arcadia Performing Arts Center is located at 188 Campus Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007. See you all there!

A photo of the Golden State Warriors' good luck charm Nayah Damasen in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert

FASO presents a “Holiday Pops Concert” on Dec. 9

It will be a special, heartwarming evening when the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO), the only Filipino symphony orchestra outside of the Philippines, presents a “Holiday Pops Concert” on Saturday, December 9, 6:00 p.m., at the beautiful Arcadia Performing Arts Center.

A photo of Shane Selloria and Winston, the turtle, in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert at Arcadia Performing Arts Center.
Shane Selloria & Winston, The Turtle

FASO, praised for its immensely entertaining, outstanding concerts, will perform beloved, popular American and Filipino Christmas music with an adult choir comprising of members from Holy Family Chorale (Glendale), St. Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Church Choir (Walnut), St. Jane Frances de Chantal Choir (North Hollywood) and Vox Kapelle Choir (Artesia), and a children’s choir combining members of GOD Faith Choir (Carson), IHMC Children’s Choir (Los Angeles) and Precious Blood Children’s Choir (Los Angeles).

A photo of the Golden State Warriors' good luck charm Nayah Damasen in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert
The Golden State Warriors’ good luck charm, Nayah Damasen

After auditions, FASO tapped talented Shane Cabellon, Nayah Damasen, Janelle Feraro and Riley Silos as youth guest performers. An exciting lineup of adult guest performers will be announced soon.

“Shane is a 10-year-old ventriloquist who sings very well,” said Louie Ramos, FASO’s vice president and one of the show’s arrangers. “He went through regular FASO auditions and competed against topnotch singers who sing in the usual way, with their mouths open.”

 

 

A photo of vocalist Riley Silos in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert
Vocalist, Riley Silos

Ramos added, “We have always featured kids in our concerts. In our interaction with the children’s parents, we noticed that these dads and moms are talented singers, too. So we will be featuring them in a group number.”

A photo of vocalist Janelle Feraro in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert
Vocalist, Janelle Feraro

Tickets at $100, $60, $40 and $25 are available through Andy Tecson (323) 467-5096. Tickets are also available here. More information at www.fasofoundation.org. Arcadia Performing Arts Center is located at 188 Campus Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007.

This is a photo in promotion of the concert "Filipino American Symphony Orchestra is Bach to Rock" in 2012 at the Ford Theaters.

Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) is Bach to Rock!

Classical music transcends cultural boundaries and musical genres in “FASO is Bach to Rock!”  The LA-based Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO), conducted by Robert Shroder, presents an eclectic evening of music including Bach and symphonic arrangements of pop-rock songs such as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” as well as disco, alternative and Filipino rock music.

The event will take place on Saturday, July 28 at the Ford Theatres. “This is very exciting because it will be the first time FASO will be doing this mixture of genres in a major concert,” said conductor Robert Shroder. “Bach to Rock is a very interesting combination of repertoire because the Baroque era, the era of Bach, is where improvisation started – even before jazz and rock music.  So it’s really a good combination to mix both genres together.” Expected to be one of the show’s exciting highlights is FASO’s performance of  Stairway to Heaven, as arranged by Filipino composer Louie Ramos.

Building off the popularity of American rock music in the Philippines, FASO will also perform music from Filipino rock and pop groups, as well as classics from the Beatles and Chicago. Audience members can expect guest performances by Joey Albert, Mon David, and Mirielle Enriquez.  Immaculate Heart of Mary Children’s Choir will perform, arriving fresh from The World Choir Games in Cincinnati, Ohio. The concert will also feature FASO’s Youth String Ensemble, showcasing the talent of emerging artists ages eight to fourteen.

“Bach to Rock!” is part of the 21st annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture (FPAC), which will be held on Sept. 8-9 at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro, CA.  FPAC is the largest celebration of Filipino arts and culture, presenting over 1,000 artists and cultural bearers from all over the nation every year.

“FASO is Bach to Rock!” will take place on Saturday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd, East, Hollywood, CA 90068.  Tickets are on sale at www.fordtheatres.org. General admission prices range from $30-40.  VIP packages are $100 and include premium seating and a pre-show reception.  Tickets for students and children are $20, and group discounts are available.

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