Rondalla music camp ongoing in Baguio City

Maria Elena Catajan

A REVIVAL of the classic rondalla is happening in Baguio City through a camp, which opened on July 8 to 23, a national artist said.

National Artist for Music Ramon Santos said leveling up of Filipino Rondalla aims to strengthen the love and appreciation of music and the arts in the country and be able to organize a national rondalla orchestra.

Santos said the camp to be a platform to groom musical artists out of the 130 rondalla practitioners, who were selected to be part of the first camp.

The Rondalla Music Camp practitioners includes musicians, conductors, arrangers, and composers and are expected to undergo an intensive two-week training on different aspects of rondalla performance and its practice in general.

Mentors of the rondalla camp are composed of the country’s finest musicians and academics.

Learning the playing techniques for banduria, octavina and laud, guitar, base, percussion, writing for rondalla, conducting, listening and ensemble playing will also be among the activities of the participants.

Santos urged participants to make the most out of the two week sessions and create symphonic and contemporary music and perform as a group and create a quality which is beyond what is commonly heard before.

The project is in tandem with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts through the National Music Competitions for Young Artists, and the Musicological Society of the Philippines in partnership with the University of the Philippines Baguio- Office of the Chancellor, and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda.

The camp aims to create the country’s first National Rondalla Orchestra that will be composed of selected scholars of the Music Camp.

The two-week music camp will be highlighted by a concert where all the musicians will perform all the 10 rondalla pieces they will learn thoroughly from the music camp.