Mauricia D. Borromeo obtained graduate degrees from the University of the Philippines and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where she was twice awarded the much-coveted Levi Harbour Scholarship for Asian Women. She chairs the UP Music Education Department and is a member of the Executive Committee on Music, National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
Prof. Mauricia Borromeo
Katz is a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Music, where she acquired both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She is a recipient of the Gerry Roxas National Leadership Award and won first prize in the Oragamu Togakushi Composition Competition in Nagano, Japan. Her works have been featured in festivals and concerts alongside National Artists Dr. Francisco Feliciano, Dr. Jose Maceda and Dr. Ramon Santos. Her composition for Rondalla entitled “Hagikhikan” was featured in the 1st International Rondalla Festival and included in the commemorative CD of the same event. Her chamber music compositions have been performed in festivals all over Asia. And her choral arrangements have received recognition in various choral competitions including Best Arrangement in the 2013 MBC National Choral Competition. She is also a contributor in “Mumunting Tinig”: A compilation of children’s choir pieces, and editor of “Laro-Rondalya”, newly composed works for Rondalya. She is also one of the editors of a soon-to-be-published series of compilation of works for various ensembles by the National Music Competition for Young Arts. Her composition “Salitaan” has also been performed locally and in different parts of Europe. Her choral arrangement of “Ullalim” has been recorded and published by one of the country’s top all-male choir, ALERON.
She has been part of the country’s only professional choir, the San Miguel Master Chorale and has been invited by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts as a resource person for vocal production for their staging of “Magayon” and Tanghalang Pilipino’s production of “Hudhud”. Katz has performed in many recitals as soloist, conductor or chorister. She has recorded songs for various film soundtracks. She has been one of the featured artists in an album entitled “Palay, Bigas, Kanin”, a project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. She has served as adviser of the UP Composers of New Music, and chairman of the UP College Music Department of Composition and Theory.
Currently, she teaches music theory and composition in the UP College of Music, where she also pursues her PhD studies in Musicology. She is now the President of the Asian Composers League- Philippines, Vice-President of Koro Filipino: Philippine Choral Guild, and founding member of BAYI, an organization of Filipino Women Composers. She is also the Assistant Conductor of the Ateneo Chamber Singers.
She manages and conducts the AUIT Vocal Chamber Ensemble, the only group in the Philippines that performs solely contemporary music by living composers, and the Himig Sanghaya Chorale a 20-year old community choir from Laguna who garnered two Gold Diplomas in the 4th Hoi An International Choral Competition under her baton.
Prof. Mary Katherine Trangco
Antonio P. Africa finished his Bachelor of Music in Composition, and Master of Arts in Music, major in Composition at the UST Conservatory of Music and Graduate School respectively. He took a second masters, Master of Arts in Music, Ethnomusicology major at the Philippine Womens’ University. Continuing on, he finished his Doctor of Philosophy in Music in December 2015 in the same university.
As a composer he has been commissioned by several institutions to write hymns. Major works like “Tatlong Awit”, for orchestra and chorus, “Tiniglayang Mundo” for ten pianos and ethnic ensemble, “Mas Libranos del Mal”, work for a chamber orchestra and a computer audio workstation using sampled sounds are his more notable works. He has done several art songs, among them “Sisulu,” “Mandela,” and “Tagumpay ng Lahat” the texts of which were written by Ophelia Dimalanta. Musicals composed were, “Ulo Ng Apo” (presence of American bases in Subic), “Benito 1 & 2” (musical on the life of St. Benedict), and “St Louis Loves Dem Filipinos, the Musical” (participation of Filipinos at the 1904 St Louis, Missouri World’s Fair). Africa, in recent years has done film music for “Dominic, Light of the World” Directed by Fr Melchor Saria, O.P., and films by Gil Portes namely, “Pitik Bulag,” “Hukluban,” “Ang Tag-araw ni Twinkle,” and “Two Funerals” 2009 Cinemalaya’s most awarded film.
He is the current Dean of the UST Conservatory of Music, assuming the post, January of 2017.