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A photo of Dodjie Simon, clinician for the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's (FASO) Songwriting Workshop.

Artist Spotlight: Dodjie Simon, Songwriting Workshop Clinician

A photo of Dodjie Simon, clinician for the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's (FASO) Songwriting Workshop.

This summer, FASO’s hosting 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! Learn more about this special workshop here and sign up here! Get to know one of our accomplished workshop clinicians, songwriter Dodjie Simon, in this special artist spotlight!

1. Does Dodjie Simon sound familiar to you all, FASO fans? At “FASO Goes Pops” at the Alex Theater back in 2015, we performed Dodjie’s “Ikaw Lamang” and “Tatak ng Pilipino” with FASO artists Shelby Miguel and Bryce Gomez respectively! We also performed “Tatak ng Pilipino” with 7-year-old vocalist Mirielle Enrique at “FASO is Bach to Rock!” at the Ford Theatres. Watch our performance below!

2. Dodjie 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.

3. 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. He continues to crank out new music through his own music publishing company, Elzar Simon Publishing!

4. Dodjie is leader in both the music world and the corporate world! He’s currently director of New York University‘s Enterprise Data Management Service Management and Infrastructure Support! Over the past 15 years, he’s held CIO-level positions at several other companies.

5. Dodjie earned his degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of the Philippines. Currently based in New York, he’s married to psychiatrist Elise Nazal Simon and together they have three kids: Joshua, Elisha and Grace. He’s also a foodie and enjoys food from a wide variety of cuisines!

Learn the fundamentals of songwriting from Dodjie Simon at our Songwriting Workshop August 18 and 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Glendale Adventist Academy at 700 Kimlin Dr, Glendale, CA 91206. For more information, check out our workshop event page here. Apply here. Questions? Email pr@fasofoundation.org

Filipino-American Symphony Orchestra Goes POPS! for One Night Only at the Alex Theatre

Did you know that Los Angeles is home to the only Filipino symphony orchestra outside of the Philippines? For the past seven years, the Filipino-American Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor and music director, Robert Shroder, has charmed audiences with its artistry, dedication to excellence and passion for beautiful music.

On November 14, FASO will, for the first time, venture into the pop realm for its latest concert, FASO Goes Pops! The program will feature both mainstream Pop Music and Original Pilipino Music from U.S.-based Filipino composers including Oscar-winner Robert Lopez (“Let It Go”), Cecile Azarcon (“Lift Up Your Hands”), Odette Quesada (“Give Me a Chance” and “Till I Met You”), SJ Gandia (“Tayo ay Pilipino” and “Hanggang Huli’y Ikaw”), Aaron Paul del Rosario (“Minsan Lang Kitang Iibigin”) and Dodjie Simon (“Tatak ng Pilipino” and “Ikaw Lamang”). Many of them will be in attendance at the concert which takes place at the Alex Theatre in Glendale.

FASO Goes POPS! is another FASO special concert,” says Robert Shroder. “It is very exciting for us to feature the works of some of our talented U.S.-based Filipino composers and songwriters. We also auditioned local Pinoy talent to interpret their songs for this concert and have provided them a series of vocal workshops to educate and help enhance their singing techniques and musicianship. A typical pop concert is usually accompanied by a small band, often only four to five pieces, or in some cases the singers perform with tracks. This is a rare opportunity for our pop singers to perform with a symphony orchestra. It is part of our commitment to educate and provide quality symphonic programming to our community.”

Singers who wished to perform with the orchestra took part in three rounds of auditions before being chosen. The youngest will be six-year-old actress, Sophie Nack (Sadie on NBC’s Truth Be Told, along with Bryce Gomez, Ian Chen (Evan Huang on ABC’s Fresh off the Boat), Jokai Dawson, Sydney Haik, Gian Paolo Jimenez, Michael Keith Pronda, Mikaela Bautista, Therese Masangcay, Denise Gonzales, Gabrielle Current (2015 Rose Princess), Shelby Miguel, Kaitlyn Fajilan and Daryl Ogalino (ABS-CBN’s TFCkat USA Grand Singing Champion 2012 and Tawag ng Tanghalan Grand Singing Champion 2008).

They will join Dennis Jardiel, Erwin Andaya, Mike Zuniga, Nilo Alcala and Sharon Rose Orosco as guest vocalists.

Also featured on the program is the FASO Children’s Ensemble, composed of Sophie Nack, Andreas Makiling, Elizabeth Cruz, Casteen Legaspi, Nicole Padilla, Jolleen Mejia and Sabrina Evangelista.

“FASO Goes Pops! will not disappoint,” says FASO board president Arlene Ferrolino. “Staying true to its vision of being the vehicle for artistic excellence in the Filipino community and being an avenue of growth in helping to develop love and pride of Filipino music, this concert will feature the best of Filipino-American talents.”

The Filipino-American Symphony Orchestra consists of approximately 55 orchestra members. They’re computer scientists, software engineers, criminal investigators, health professionals, among other professions by day. But at night, you’ll find them making music in the rehearsal room.

November 14, 2015 (7:00 p.m.)
Alex Theatre
216 North Brand Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91203

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