Youth and Children Choirs

Young Voices Rise For Global Hope and Unity

 

As a choral conductor, it has always been a dream to see children and youth choirs across the globe sing as one, but I never thought that this would come to fruition during this trying time. All rehearsals, performances, and church singing were halted during quarantine, and this abrupt change to the usual creative process and collaboration really did affect choral artists.

Although it will take more time before we can rehearse and sing with our choirs again, I believe that this time is when musicians are called to give hope and inspiration to their countrymen and to the world and continue to develop the skills of our choristers amid the pandemic. More than just singing, music is our art, our passion and a significant part of our lives in which we find growth and joy—something we want to share with everyone.

Heavenly voices in concert halls, moving music during masses, weekly rehearsals with choristers—these are the things that have changed in the choral scene for the past nine months. Things have been different than usual as musicians have now utilized digital technology to produce a choral performance—learning a piece individually, recording them to perfection, and taking a video in front of the camera, soon to be stitched together into one production.

But amid this trying time of adjustment and solitude, where social interaction has shifted to the virtual scene, choral groups consisting of children and youth have stepped up and used their art to inspire, to express, and to connect—as music soars beyond boundaries and extends its wings to where harmony is needed most.

Last June 24, 2020, the Treble Association of the Philippines (TCAP)successfully launched the Young Voices of the World through a virtual choral performance—with the theme Sing As One, music by Jude B. Roldan and lyrics by Ignatia Adeline, Charise Delson and Jude B. Roldan—in unity with children and youth choral artists from different countries as the world fights against the COVID-19 pandemic. This initiative, which was premiered on YouTube, featured 37 amazing choirs from 17 countries including our scholar choirs, the Young Voices of the Philippines and Kantabella. These choirs are from Asia, Africa, America, and Europe.

The TCAP is a non-profit organization committed to cultivating young choral artists, spearhead research and development for children and youth choral movement, and promote Philippine music within the country and across the world. Aside from the Young Voices of the World, they have also launched variations in Asia and the Philippines, connecting 37 treble choirs  across the globe with music. For the group, choral music is more than a discipline that cultivates exemplary skill and artistry, but also an effective medium to unify people through message and song—harmonizing for hope and solidarity amidst the adversity.

Here is the list of choral groups

Young Voices of the World

Cantemus Children’s Choir (Hungary)
Maestro Dénes Szabó 

Hamilton Children’s Choir (Canada)
Ms. Zimfira Poloz

Kantabella (Philippines)
Mr. Jude B. Roldan

Kinderchor der Staatsoper Unter den Linden (Germany)
Mr. Vinzenz Weissenburger

Kodaly Conservatory Children’s Choir (Greece)
Mr. Michalis Patseas

Leioa Kantika Korala Children’s Choir (Basque Country, Spain)
Mr. Basilio Astúlez

Ponomaryov Vesna Children’s Choir (Russia)
Dr. Nadezhda Averina

Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir (USA)
Dr. Janet Hostetter

Soul Sounds Academy (Sri Lanka)
Ms. Soundarie David Rodrigo

Tygerberg Children’s Choir (South Africa)
Ms. Karina Erasmus

The Bel Canto Youth Chorus of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem (USA)
Dr. Joy Hirokawa

Young Voices of the Philippines (Philippines)
Mr. Jude B. Roldan and Dr. Maria Theresa Vizconde-Roldan

 

Young Voices of Asia
(https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=abxk_sSvDRI)

Hai Sing Catholic Secondary School Choir
Punggol Secondary School Choir (Singapore)
Mr. Marcus Lee

Ikeda Junior Choir  (Japan)
Ms. Kayoko Shibuya

Kuala Lumpur Children’s Choir (Malaysia)
Ms. Susanna Saw

Saint Angela Choir(Indonesia)
Mr. Roni Sugiarto

Seongam International Trade High School Choir (Korea)
Ms. Kwon Yong-sik

Taipei Philharmonic Youth and Children’s Choir (Taiwan)
Ms. Sandy Fu

Wattana Girls’ Chorus (Thailand)
Mr. Sathit Sukchongchaipruk

Kantabella (Philippines)
Young Voices of the Philippines
Mr. Jude B. Roldan and Dr. Maria Theresa Vizconde-Roldan

 

Young Voices of the Philippines Festival Choir
(https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0KvAXWoXL3k)

Baao Children & Youth Choir
Mr. Hermelino Briones

Bitik Children’s Choir
Mr. Ron April Frias

Calasiao Children’s Chorus
Mr. Gilbert Allan Dispo

Dagupan City Children’s Choir
Ms. Virginia Llamas-Mendoza

Dreamweavers Children’s Choir
Ms. Perlyn Joy Enriquez

Himig Zamora Children’s Choir
Mr. Ivan Grulla

Kilyawan Boys Choir and Voces Aurorae Girls Choir
Mr. Mark Anthony Carpio

Laoag City Children’s Choir
Mr. Vernix Magayano

Las Piñas Boys Choir
Mr. Armando Salarza

Loboc Children’s Choir
Ms. Lea Claudia Cal

Mandaue Children & Youth Chorus
Mr. Dennis Gregory Sugarol

Raz Singing Cherubim
Ms. Alijah May Raz

Savio Singers
Mr. Frinz Charles Casas

St. John the Baptist Children’s Choir
Mr. Bryan Lejano

Voices of the South Children’s Choir
Mr. Peter Buaya

Young Voices of the Philippines,
Living Learning Children’s Chorus, Prayer Bible Fellowship Children’s Choir
Mr. Jude B. Roldan and Dr. Maria Theresa Vizconde-Roldan

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