About the Ateneo Chamber Singers
The Ateneo Chamber Singers (ACS) was formed in 2001 by graduating members of the Ateneo College Glee Club who had then just completed a very successful tour of Europe, bagging top prizes in Italy, Ireland, Slovenia, France, Germany and Hungary. Since then, the ACS has established itself as a formidable presence in the Philippine musical landscape. Their unique specialization in sacred choral music has opened a richly eclectic mix of European, American and Asian choral literature that spans medieval to postmodern periods, traditional to contemporary styles, complex art music to highly-textured indigenous music, and moving sprituals to psalmody hewn out of traditional Asian musics.
In 2006, the ACS made their mark abroad with Awit: The First ACS European Tour, representing the Philippines in two important choral events: the Polyfollia in France, a biennial international choral festival at Saint-Lo in La Manche, and the 38th Tolosa Choral Contest in Spain where they emerged as first prize winners in the polyphony category, besting counterparts from France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, the United States, Indonesia and Puerto Rico.
They have completed two North American concert tours, visiting numerous cities and performing at various music schools in Massachusetts (Berklee College of Music, Boston University and Harvard University), Michigan (Calvin College), Indianapolis (Indiana University) the Bay Area (University of California-Berkley).
They have also participated in THREE: A Biennial Choir Festival featuring Singapore’s Jennifer Tham and the SYC Choral Ensemble and Japan’s Ko Matsushita and the Gaia Philharmonic Choir. To end the first cycle of these concerts, the ACS had the honor of hosting these two choirs with a grand concert at the Cultural Center of the Philippines last January 8, 2011 with President Benigno C. Aquno III as guest of honor.
The ACS has also released two critically acclaimed albums: Awit sa Panginoon (Song for the Lord) and Umawit sa Kagalakan (Sing for Joy). In November 2010, it released its first Christmas album Ang Ating Pasko (Our Christmas), a collaboration with the Jesuit Communications Foundation, Inc. (JesCom). The album features songs by renowned composers Ryan Cayabyab, Fr. Manoling Francisco SJ, Moy Ortiz, Jose Mari Chan, Arnel De Pano, Trina Belamide, Fr. Arnel Aquino SJ and Dada De Pano-Supnet and orchestration by multi-awarded movie scorer Von de Guzman.
The ACS celebrated its 10th anniversary with a free concert last August 25 at the Church of the Gesù.
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