CCP OUTREACH REUNITES THE SING PHILIPPINES YOUTH CHOIR (SPYC) FOR A VIRTUAL MUSIC CAMP & PERFORMANCES
July 10, 2020
July 10, 2020
THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Outreach Program under the Cultural Exchange Department (CED) in partnership with the Andrea O. Veneracion Sing Philippines Foundation Inc. (AOVSPFI) and the MADz Music Studio reunites the 36 tour group members of the Sing Philippines Youth Choir (SPYC) from 19 provinces all over the country for a virtual music camp and performances this whole month of July 2020.
The month-long virtual music camp will include sessions on Breath as the Powerhouse of the Voice, Vocal Production and Placement, Articulation and Diction, Interpretation and how to apply dynamics to produce nuances and McClosky Vocal Technique and Therapy. Leading the pool of trainers is Philippine Madrigal Singers’ Choirmaster Mark Anthony Carpio together with virtuosos and MADz alumni Bianca Camille Lopez Aguila, Katrina Marie Saga, Nil’s Flores, and Tomas Virtucio.
The virtual version of the music camp and performances came about due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting community quarantine and need for social distancing.
With the new normal set-up, the project team faces a number of challenges due to the inability to have face-to-face sessions. But the choristers from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and NCR are eagerly excited to reunite and continue advancing their choral skills, make music together utilizing a new platform and more importantly, find comfort, peace, joy, and fulfillment from doing the project through this most difficult time.
To culminate the virtual camp is a special online performance of selected songs including the previous concerts of the SPYC at the CCP Main Theater and a premier of an originally composed SPYC theme song.
The original camp schedule was last March 9-13 in General Santos City, followed by a Europe tour and competition supposedly this August. The SPYC 4th batch music camp was also supposed to happen in CCP this October.
The SPYC project was launched in June 2014 by the Philippine Madrigal Singers or MADz and the CCP CED. To date, the SPYC has 155 choristers/members from 72 provinces/local communities across the country. The Sing Philippines movement brings to life the vision of National Artist and MADz founder Andrea O. Veneracion, of a nation singing in harmony and united in songs.