The CMU Music Society was established in July 5, 2010 with its founding adviser Ms. Doreen Elsie Jane L. Gersava of the College of Arts and Sciences. The passionate group envisions to cater varying talents in music especially with specialization in choral music.
The repertoire of the said choral group varies from folk, international to classical music. As of now, the group aims to showcase their talent and its genre of music to the CMU community. Although the CMU Music Society may still be considered a new ensemble, they certainly are in the right track on towards their goals. In fact, just this semester, the choral group has just been acknowledged by the University Socio Cultural Committee.
The CMU Music Society is encouraging musically inclined students with skills and talents on both instruments and voice to join the ensemble. Students who are willing to be trained with standard music are greatly appreciated in CMU Music Society.
By: Nethaneel Joy G. Pabia
CMU Music Society is the recognized chorale group of the university, composed by bona fide students from different colleges. It was organized on Iuly 5, 2010 by Ms. Doreen Elsie Jane L. Gersava, a faculty member of the College of Arts and Sciences. She is the founding adviser and trainer of the group.
The group originally started as an independent society which aims to train and develop musically-inclined students with their God-given talents, both in instrument playing and chorale singing. Recently, the group has been acknowledged by the University Socio-cultural Committee as its resident and official chorale group.
Ms. Gersava only envisioned a simple Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass (SATB) ensemble that could sing the chorale pieces of her previous chorale group and quench her longing for standard music and performance nostalgia. The group was only realized when she heard two talented students sing in her Philippine Literature class. “I stood back in awe when I heard them. They were really talented. I knew then that those talents shouldn’t be wasted, but be guided.”
The first director was Reil Francis Nodado, a 3rd Year AB English student of the College of Arts and Sciences then; and the first advisers were Dr. Lita Bolivia and Dr. Lourdes Bago. The first members were Bethyl Cagumbay, Jean Macoy, Ella Balotaolo, Christy Grace Mangubat, Bonne Villanueva, Adam Gallo, Erla Roble, Jenefe Bajado, Princess Cabiling, Catherine Albano, Dana Canarecio, Mark Edd Janier, Jehu Diaz, Herald Booph Villas, Adam Gallo, Isaiah Baclayon, Franklin Mancia, Juganeno Inteligando, Shem Linohon, Tipolino Guinto, Wilson Dumpit & Hazel Jamago.
For the past two years, the group has performed in various functions for the university. The group also had several performances in local TV and local radio stations: Pamahaw Especial & Wild FM for the promotion of the university during its Centennial Celebration in September 2010. The official Centennial song, ‘Sandaang Taon, was composed by the members of the society, Mr. Mark Edd Janier and Ms. Bonne Villanueva. The members were the singers and performers of the song.
Now, the group will participate in the upcoming Mindanao Association of State Colleges and Universities Foundation (MASCUF) Chorale Competitions at Bukidnon State University (BSU) Gymnasium on November 27, 2012
The current director of the group is Ms. Dana Karyl Jane Canarecio, a 3rd year AB English student of the College of Arts and Sciences. Rachel Almia, Kryshievelle Padilla, Shiena Palen, Carla Montalban, Krysmyrrh Mata, Cindy Cagas, Catherine Dael, Yllen Law Cablinda, Claire Alagao, Delton John Mahinay, Raymond Sistoso, John Michael Balahay, Zim Zhan Alagao, Harryl Ayuman, Gerard Kirk Patrick Sanchez, Kenn Rey Cadavos, James Laureto, and Ed Neel Paitan are the core members of the group for this semester.
The group’s repertoire varies from classical, international music, folk to Filipino popular music and avant-garde.
Though the group is still a neophyte in chorale singing, it is hopeful that in the coming years its quality will be nurtured through and by the help of its community and most especially by the Almighty.
In all their activities, the CMU Music Society aims to give all the glory to God, the Source of all talents.
By: Ms. Doreen Elsie Jane L. Gersava
Students who are interested in chorale singing, you can personally approach Ms Gersava at the College of Arts and Sciences, or watch-out for their next open auditions posted.