National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) President Renato Lucas presents the activities for the NAMCYA's 50th anniversary in a press conference at the Tanghalang Ignacio Gimenez on Feb. 21. (Photo by Jana Francesca D. Yao/ The Varsitarian)

THE NATIONAL Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) will hold local and international concerts, festivals, music camps, seminar workshops, for their 50th anniversary this year.

In a press conference on Feb. 21, NAMCYA President Renato Lucas said the activities, which will be held from April to November, would help nurture young Filipino musicians beyond the competitions they organize.

“We’d like to be part of nurturing our young talents. We are not just a project that we are working for, but an entire program. Ginagawa namin para sa kapakanan ng ating mga batang musikero. Medyo napakalaking responsibilidad,” said Lucas, an associate professor of the Conservatory of Music.

The theme of the NAMCYA competition this year is “Gintong Pamana (Golden Legacy): The 2023 NAMCYA Festivals and Competitions,” which will have a special category for a composition contest.

The music competition will accept applications for all the categories until June 30.

The NAMCYA will hold four concerts this year.

“Bata ang Bukas (The Children, Our Future) Children’s Choir in Focus” concert will be held on April 29 at the Ayala Museum. It will feature performances from the University of the Philippine Cherubims and Seraphims, Balon Dagupan Children’s Choir, and Loboc Children’s Choir.

On May 6, the NAMCYA will hold the “Tumutubong Katutubo (Evolving Traditional Music Expressions)” at the CCP Liwasang Kalikasan. 

Another concert featuring former winners of NAMCYA competitions will be held at the Metropolitan Theater on Aug. 12.

The NAMCYA will close its 50th anniversary celebration with the “NAMCYA Extravaganza (Noon, Ngayon at Bukas) The Closing Ceremonies” on Nov. 26 at the Metropolitan Theater.

Details of other activities have yet to be announced. H.J.V. Andaya


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