University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music Holds Master Classes at the Universiti Malaysia Sabah

26 August 2016 – As part of the Philippine Embassy’s initiative to foster educational and cultural exchanges with Malaysia, four renowned faculty members of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Conservatory of Music conducted a one-day master class for students of the Universiti of Malaysia Sabah (UMS) last 16 August in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The program was organized by the PH Embassy in partnership with the UST Conservatory of Music and the UMS Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Heritage.

The visiting lecturers from the UST were the multi-awarded performer and associate conductor of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra Professor Herminigildo Ranera; Associate Dean of the Conservatory of Music Mr. Eugene De los Santos; music education expert and a K-12 consultant on music curriculum Ms. Dolores Tecson-Andres; and multi-faceted tenor and voice instructor Mr. Ronan H. Ferrer.

Some 100 students took part in workshops on conducting, voice/choir singing and music education where the guest lecturers gave presentations on voice coaching, vocalization, musical activities and conducting techniques.

During the opening ceremony, Minister and Consul General Maria Antonina M. Oblena thanked the UMS Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Heritage for the warm reception extended to the visiting Filipino musicians/lecturers.

“We hope that this activity would lead to more cultural exchanges in the future and a better understanding of each other’s cultures, especially those aspects that we share in common,” said Consul General Oblena, who is also an alumnae of the Conservatory of Music.

UMS Head of Music Program Mr. Ian Baxter expressed his profound appreciation to the guest lecturers for going the extra mile in sharing their expertise with UMS students.

“I hope that this newfound relationship with the UST can be a start of possible educational networking and exchanges among staff and students of the two music program institutions in the future,” Mr. Baxter added.

The UST Conservatory of Music is a premiere music school in the Philippines and proclaimed as one of the country’s Centers of Excellence in Music. It is the only music school in the Philippines which has an all-student symphony orchestra and an all-student symphonic band. The University of Santo Tomas is one of the leading private research universities in the Philippines. Located in Manila, it was founded in 1611 and is the oldest existing university in Asia.

The UMS event was part of the week-long activities for the visiting UST lecturers which culminated with the conduct of the Capacity-Building Workshop and Music Training for Volunteers of Filipino Community-run Alternative Learning Centers in Sabah. END