First-Ever Kanta! Festival – Local Chorale Fest

With the coordination of Kodály Society of the Philippines and the St. Scholastica’s College-Manila School of Music, the first-ever Kanta! Festival will be inviting 6 different Filipino choirs to venture in enhancing musicianship, choral repertoire and rehearsal techniques.

Different workshops have been ongoing to support the chorale fest with the goal of shattering the common belief that Kodály’s philosophy is only applicable to classroom music. The Embassy of Hungary Dávid Ambrus in Manila have supported this approach and allowed Dr. Árpád Tóth (young but experienced Hungarian conductor and music teacher) to rearrange the Kodály concept with a touch of the 21st century.

The Hungarian Professor

Dr. Árpád Tóth is an Hungarian conductor and music teacher who is the founding artistic director of the Csíkszerda; Hungary’s largest community choir. The Csíkszerda has more than five hundred (500) singers and interesting community projects such as the Night of Choirs. The Hungarian professor is also teaching in a regular basis in different areas of the world such as in Australia, China, Mexico, Germany, Italy, South Korea and the United Kingdom to mention some.

Chorale Fest – Workshop & Outreach Activities

The Kodály Society of the Philippines have done several seminars, workshops, and outreach activities in various parts of the Philippines. This includes Isulan in Sultan Kudarat, Lagawe in Ifugao, Legaspi City in Albay, Silliman University in Dumaguete City, Cagayan de Oro City in Misamis Oriental, Zamboanga, Cotabato and other parts of the Visayas.

To pay respect during the anniversary of both the birthdate and death of composer, ethnomusicologist, pedagogue, linguist and philosopher Zoltán Kodály, the Embassy of Hungary united with the Kodály Society of the Philippines in March 2017. And today the venture for a new chorale continues as different choirs learn different new things day by day.

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