About the ACS
The Ateneo Chamber Singers 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 spirituals 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), and the Bay Area (University of California-Berkeley).
They have also participated in THREE: A Biennual 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 in January 8, 2011 with no less than President Benigno C. Aquino II as Guest of Honor.
The ACS has also released two critically acclaimed albums: Awit sa Panginoon (Song to tfor the Lord) and Umawit sa Kagalakan (Sing for Joy). It has collaborated with Jesuit Communications as well in its release of the albums Ang Ating Pasko (Our Chirstmas) and Love I've Found In You. The ACS is currently completing its third album with Jescom.
The ACS celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2012, and plans are underway for a 2nd European Tour, this time to represent the country again in 2 choral competitions.
ACS holds 11th Anniversary Concert
The ACS held its 11th Anniversary Concert titiled "Silence My Soul" last September 29 at the Church of the Gesu. Part 1 of the concert was solemn and featured works by Feliciano, Sandstrom, Pamintuan, Estrada, Gjelo and Esenvalds. Part 2 was a more laid-back and relaxed portion with the launch of "Hanggang Langit," the ACS's latest album under Jesuit Communications. For information on the album tracks, click HERE.
The concert was well attended and the ACS wishes to thank everyone who came and made the concert possible.
ACS Members Lead Choirs to Victory in International Competition
The ACS congratulates 2 of its very own members whose choirs participated and won in the recently concluded Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
The Technological Institute of the Philippines Choral Society, conducted by ACS's Assistant Conductor Joel Aquino, won 2nd prize in the Folk Song Category.
And Aleron, with its conductor Christopher Ong, bagged First Prize in the Vocal Ensemble Category.
Congratulations, Joel and Chris! We're proud of you!
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