What do world renowned pianist Cecile Licad, chorale group Loboc Children’s Choir, and soprano Andion Fernandez have in common? They blossomed as very talented music artists when they won at the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA).
Founded in 1973, National Music Competitions for Young Artists Foundation or NAMCYA was created by virtue of President Ferdinand Marcos’ Presidential Proclamation No. 1173, “the imperative need to develop and promote Philippine music as an art and as a handmaid of cultural development.”, which declared the period between November 26 and December 12 every year as National Week for Young Artists. This foundation encourages young artists who excel in music artistry to develop, hone, preserve, and promote Philippine music as an art and an important part of cultural development. The project seeks to discover young artists in the field of piano, strings, indigenous instruments, choral singing, chamber music, traditional music ensemble, and more.
Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) has been the main sponsoring institution and host of NAMCYA’s annual events since 1973. Its president sits as the national committee chairperson that conducts the competitions.
To be able to compete to the national level, competitors must win in the district, provincial, and regional competitions in which they are required to perform specific tasks composed of classical and contemporary pieces including works of leading Filipino composers as well.
Then this year, NAMCYA National Finals Week entitled “Anyaya sa Musika” coincides with the National Music Week celebration on the last week of November.
Cultural Center of the Philippines shall welcome young artists, musicians, trainors, and teachers who have reached the finals level in a nationwide competition that started early this year. Six ensembles presenting their region’s local traditions will also be presented in the Traditional Music Concert to be held on November 21 to 26, 2017.
The week-long events include competitions, outreach performances, and culminating and awarding concerts for solo instrument winners and group winners. There will also be a premier of newly-commissioned works by Filipino composers.
Here is NAMCYA 2017 Finals Week Schedule for your perusal:
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
2:00 PM— Opening Ceremonies, CCP Little Theater
5:00 PM— Senior Woodwinds, CCP Little Theater
5:00 PM — Senior Piano, CCP Main Theater
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
5:00 PM— Senior Voice, CCP Little Theater
5:00 PM— Senior Strings, CCP Main Theater
Thursday, November 23, 2017
2:00 PM— Children’s Solo Rondalla Instrument, CCP Little Theater
5:00 PM— Youth Rondalla Ensemble, CCP Main Theater
Friday, November 24, 2017
5:00 PM— Children’s Choir and Adult Choir, CCP Main Theater
6:00 PM— Weeknights@6: Outreach Performance, Rizal Park Open Air Auditorium
Saturday, November 25, 2017
10:00 AM— Traditional Music Concert, CCP Little Theater
5:00 PM— Concert of Solo Instrument Winners, CCP Little Theater
Sunday, November 26, 2017
5:00 PM— Concert of Group Winners and Closing Ceremonies, CCP Main Theater
The event is being supported by National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Department of Education (DepEd), and Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
Admission is free for all events of #galingNAMCYA #NAMCYA2017. For inquiries, please call the NAMCYA Secretariat at (02) 836-4928 / 836-4929 or visit www.namcya.com and NAMCYA social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About NAMCYA: Mandate and Mission. Retrieved from http://www.namcya.com
Alcantara, M. L. (2017). Press Release: Celebrate 2017 National Music Week with the NAMCYA. National Music Competitions for Young Artists, Inc., Pasay City.