Through the many decades of the competition, it has produced numerous choral groups, rondalla ensembles, and solo instrument artists, as well as educators, researchers, and prominent people in various fields.
For the past 45 years, the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) has remained the most prestigious and biggest national musical competitions for young Filipino musicians. Founded in 1973, the NAMCYA has continued to discover and develop Filipino musical artists.
The NAMCYA continues to propagate Filipino music through its commissioned works which become part of the Philippine music literature. Likewise, it is instrumental in preserving and nurturing Philippine traditions through the Rondalla and Traditional Music Categories.
This year, more than 2,000 young musicians from 14 Regions competed in the Junior Voice, Junior Piano, Junior Strings, Guitar, Youth Solo, Children ‘s Rondalla Ensemble, Youth Choir and Traditional Music Categories.
After the video screening held in August, and regional semi-finals hosted by Davao, Tagbilaran, Laoag, Far Eastern University and the Philippine Women’s University, the best of the best will fill the halls of CCP with heartfelt music as they compete for the NAMCYA Grand Prize during the National Music Week, from November 20-25, 2018.
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.