For the past 45 years, NAMCYA has remained the most prestigious and biggest national musical competitions for young Filipino musicians.
In celebration of National Music Competitions for Young Artists Foundation, Inc. (NAMCYA) 45th Anniversary celebration, workshops will be held in different provinces, in partnership with various institutions and individuals. In addition to that, there will be a national Music Competition, particularly the Rondalla and Traditional Music Categories.
To kick off the event, the NAMCYA Choir Workshop is set on July 26 to 28, 2018 at the Lyceum Northwestern University in Dagupan, Pangasinan. Award-winning conductors Dr. Arwin Q. Tan (conductor, Novo Concertante Manila) and Prof. Ramon Lijauco, Jr. (conductor, Philippine Meistersingers) will be the Resource Persons of the workshop. This is open to conductors, music teachers, and advanced singers, and will be held at the Salvador T. Duque Fieldhouse, LNU Gymnasium of the Lyceum Northwestern University. 2016 Ten Outstanding Young Men Awardee Mr. Saturnino Tiamson, Jr., is spearheading a series of Band and Percussion Workshops.
On July 30-August 1, Mr. Tiamson will lead a group of trainers for a Brass and Percussion Workshop exclusively for the MMDA Drum and Bugle Corps. This is sponsored by the Metro Manila Development Authority. NAMCYA and JB Music present a Percussion Workshop at Imus Cavite on August 4 and 5. Admission is free. For inquiries and registration, e-mail saturnino_tiamson (at) yahoo (dot) com
Facilitators include some of the country’s best percussionists and drummers: Gian Vergel, Ryan Peralta, Karmi Santiago, Jacques Rivas Dufourt, IYSB Drumline, Brigada and Gip Chan from Hong Kong. Watch out for the Traditional Music Workshop to be given during the Regional Semi-finals in September. Visit www.namcya.com or our social media sites for latest updates.
NAMCYA continues to propagate Filipino music through its commissioned works which become part of the country’s music literature. Likewise, it is instrumental in preserving and nurturing Philippine traditions through the Rondalla and Traditional Music Categories.
This year’s categories include Junior Voice, Junior Piano, Junior Strings, Guitar, and Youth Solo Rondalla instrument for the Solo Categories. For the Group Categories: Children’s Rondalla Ensemble, Youth Choir-Equal Voices, Youth Choir-Mixed Voices, and Traditional Music Category (open for solos and ensembles). Deadline for submission of entries is on July 27, 2018. To join, visit bit.ly/NAMCYA2018.
NAMCYA has been a principal instrument in discovering major music talents from all over the country. Its projects have involved and continue to involve countless musicians, trainers and administrators, all serving in the difficult but fulfilling process of selecting the best artists from all seventeen regions of the nation annually.
The Foundation carries out a three-fold program: discovering outstanding young Filipino musicians from every region of the country through annual competitions; developing these musicians through Workshops and Training Programs; and enhancing and expanding the appreciation for and performance of Filipino music by way of mandated competition repertoire programs and commissioning of new works. (https://culturalcenter.gov.ph/programs/the-namcya/)