Its founder and president, Francisco F. Feliciano, is a composer and educator recognized all over the world for his continuing effort to make the arts relevants to the people's worship life.
Dr. Francisco F. Feliciano
FRANCISCO F. FELICIANO
is regarded as one of Asia's leading contemporary composers and a respected name in orchestra conducting.
is undoubtedly one of the Philippines' most important composers, having created a large body of work that includes operas (La Loba Negra, Ashen Wings, Sikhay sa Kabila ng Paalam, Jose Abad Santos), ballet (Yerma), large work for orchestra and chorus (Transfiguration, Missa Mysterium), and chamber pieces (Voices and Images, Perpetuum Immobile, Kochi, Salimbayan).
intricately woven choral works (Pamugun, Pokpok Alimpako) have earned prizes for leading Philippine choirs in international choral competitions and have become a favorite among choirs around the world.
Earthsongs has published his
Pokpok Alimpako, while the Santa Barbara Publishing House has Pamugun in its catalogue of choral music.
Orchestras and chamber ensembles in New York, Chicago, Auckland, Moscow, Beijing, Taipei, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, and Manila have performed works of Feliciano
Feliciano's music education from the University of the Philippines
led him to advanced degrees (MMA and DMA in Composition) from the Yale University School of Music
and diplomas from the Berlin schools Hochschule der Kunste and the Berliner Kirchenmusikschule in Composition and Church Music, respectively.
International conductors Arthur Weisberg and Martin Behrmann were his
conducting mentors, while he
studied composition with Isang Yun, Jacob Druckman, Heinz Werner Zimmermann, and Krystof Penderecki.
As one of Asia's leading figures in church music, Feliciano has composed hundreds of liturgical pieces, mass settings, hymns, and other songs for worship, He continues to write new works as he supervises the publication of a new collection of Asian songs containing works of Asian composers at the Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music (AILM), a school for church music he founded in 1980.
Feliciano's works are published worldwide in hymnals and worship books of churches, a recognition of the universality of his
He is an active clinician, having conducted workshops on creative music writing in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Hongkong, Australia, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Germany.
has conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Moscow State Symphony, the Taipe City Symphony Orchestra, Nihon Shinsei Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, as well as orchestras in Singapore and Malaysia.
For a time he was the resident conductor of the Philippine Philhamornic Orchestra.
Dr. Feliciano is President of the Samba-Likhaan: The Asian School of Music, Worship and the Arts, an organization devoted to the promotion of music and arts and putting these in the context of worship.
is currently visiting professor at the Korea National University of Arts
in Seoul, Korea.
school in Berlin, several Filipinos have studied under his
direct tutelage, including Dr. Francisco Feliciano
, Eudenice Palaruan, and myself.
has been absent from our local scene for far too long, and we are only too glad to bring him back.
Dr. Francisco F. Feliciano