Filipino American Symphony Orchestra

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

This event is a culminating activity for students who participated in our 2017-2018 Music Education Workshop season! The program will consist of 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.

Seats are limited and tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. Performers will receive two complimentary tickets.

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 and the California Arts Council. For more info on our Music Education Workshop Program, check out our web page.

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

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 artist Deedee Magno Hall 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
Arlene Ferrolino | 213.248.9850
or Andy Tecson | 323.467.5096

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!


FASO transformed into a swing band, with music director Robert “Bob” Shroder and guest singer Deedee Magno Hall, in last year’s “Swing the Night Away.” Photo by Ruben V. Nepales.

FASO brings back fun-filled ‘Swing the Night Away’ on May 20

Due to popular demand, the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO), under the musical direction of Robert “Bob” Shroder, will bring back “Swing the Night Away” on Sunday, May 20. “Swing…” is the one night when the acclaimed orchestra transforms into a swinging big band and attendees can dance to their hearts’ content!

And to make this “Swing…” show even swingier, this year’s theme is masquerade ball! So, bring out your masks and dancing shoes to The Signature in Granada Hills, Calif., which will be transformed into a fun, elegant night club.

An exciting line-up of guest performers will be announced soon. Save the date for this annual FASO event, which brings dancing aficionados and music lovers together. DIs or dancing instructors will be available to guests.

A $125 ticket includes cocktails at 5:00 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m.The Signature is located at 11130 Balboa Blvd. Granada Hills, CA 91344. For tickets, you can call Bob Shroder at 818.395.8936, Arlene Ferrolino at 213.248.9850 or Andy Tecson at 323.467.5096.

An image in promotion of the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's (FASO) Composition Competition for Philippine Folk Music.

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 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 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

* 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 6:00 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 5:00 p.m. right before the concert! The Arcadia Performing Arts Center is located at 188 Campus Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007. See you all there!


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