The Excellence in Music Award

A photo of Sylvia La Torre and Maria Cristina "Kit" Navarro, recipients of awards at the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra's 2017 gala.

FASO’s Excellence in Music Award inspires artists to excel in the field of music. Selected by a distinguished panel of judges, awardees may come from any field of music, including vocal performance, instrument performance and composition.

Find awardees and their citations below.


Sylvia La Torre

Before there was Beyoncé, before there was Madonna,
and even way before Barbra Streisand … we had Sylvia La Torre.


Maria Cristina “Kit” Navarro

Kit started her musical journey during her early childhood in Manila. She was a show stopper at family gatherings and celebrations. Over the years, that affirmation brought on her pursuit of a career in the arts.


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