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Himig Classes:
Voice | Violin for Beginners


April 23 to 27, 2012
3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (for ages 8 to 11)
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (for ages 12 to 14)

Recital on April 28, 2012
Beginning 4 p.m.

Color your life with the sound of music this summer by joining Himig Class: Voice at the Filipinas Heritage Library. Maximize your singing potential through voice workshops, vocal exercises, and a crash course on the greatest vocalists and music genres in the Philippines.

All lessons will be facilitated by classically trained soprano and widely sought after singing actress Nenen Espina. At a young age of 17, Nenen made her debut as a soloist at the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra Concert Series at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. She has since headlined various concerts, plays, and operas.

In 1995, Nenen graduated a Conching Rosal Music Foundation Scholar from St. Scholastica’s College of Music. She then earned her professional diploma in Opera from The Hongkong Academy of Performing Arts, and her Master of Arts degree in Music from the University of Sto. Tomas Conservatory of Music.

Nenen is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing-USA/Canada (NATS), and has founded a local branch called the Philippine National Association of Teachers of Singing (P-NATS). She now teaches voice, vocal literature, and chorus classes at UST and Centro Escolar University.

The workshop fee is P5,000 inclusive of materials, handouts, meals, and a certificate. A non-refundable down payment of P1,000 is required to reserve a slot. The deadline for reservations is April 14, 2012. A 5-percent discount will be given to those who pay in full on or before the deadline. Acentive members can also avail of a 10-percent discount.

Payments can be made in cash, check, or through credit card.
*Discounts do not apply to credit card transactions.

Some of the materials to be used in the workshop come from the Himig Collection of the Filipinas Heritage Library. To know more about this collection, visit www.himig.com.ph.



May 8 to 11, 15 to 18, 22 and 23, 2012
9:00a.m. to 10:30a.m.

May 24, 2012
10:00a.m. to 11:30a.m.

There is no other instrument so capable of expressing emotion than the violin. From the deepest sorrows to the highest joys, the violin’s rich tones and sweet melodies can convey both-and everything in between. The violin is an elegant instrument, played with talent, skill, and passion. Come and learn the basics of violin playing at the Filipinas Heritage Library this summer.

Himig Violin Class for Beginners uses the popular Suzuki method in combination with Filipino music pieces from the library’s Himig collection. This unique program enables students to learn violin in the context of local culture. Violin lessons will be conducted in 10 morning sessions, and will culminate with a short recital afterwards.

Violinist and music teacher Michael del Rosario will facilitate the violin classes. A full-time member of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra since 2003, Michael has performed with world-renowned artists including Andrea Bocelli, Robin Gibb, and Lea Salonga. His career highlights include a 10-year performance stint on international cruise ships and his regular performances with various orchestras such as the UST Symphony Orchestra and Manila Philharmonic Orchestra.

Michael was a Rector’s Scholarship grantee at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music, where he pursued his violin studies. With equal passion for playing the violin, Michael also loves teaching the instrument. He has been teaching kids and kids-at-heart for more than twenty years now.

Each student must have his or her own violin throughout the workshop. Michael can recommend the right violin size and assist in the actual purchase of a violin. Interested participants should contact him at least two weeks before the start of class. Violins are also available for lease.

The workshop fee is P6,600 inclusive of materials, a certificate, the recital fee, and recital tickets for two guests. Additional recital tickets can be purchased at P100 each. A non-refundable down payment of P1,000 is required to reserve a slot. The deadline for reservations is April 24, 2012.

Payments can be made in cash, check, or through credit card.

Proceeds from both these workshops will benefit the literacy projects of the Filipinas Heritage Library, including community library developments, library book donations, and teacher and librarian trainings across the country

Visit www.filipinaslibrary.org.ph.*