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Maria Theresa Vizconde-Roldan

Dr. Maria Theresa Vizconde-Roldan is an accomplished choral pedagogue and children’s choir conductor. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Music Education from Saint Paul University Manila Graduate School. She has also obtained a bachelor’s degree in music education, Cum Laude, and a master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music. She is a duly registered professional teacher.

In recognition of her expertise, Theresa has been invited to participate as a choral clinician and adjudicator at events in the Philippines, Australia, China, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Macau, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States of America. Additionally, she has led master classes in conducting and holding lectures and workshops on choral performance and music education. She also served as chairman of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists Foundation’s choir competition (NAMCYA) and as music teacher and coordinator of the Arts Subject Area of the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) High School Department for more than 15 years. Theresa was part of ADMU Basic Education Unit’s Transition Management Team which spearheaded the nationwide call for K to 12 reforms.

She was the founding conductor of the Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir and led the choir to choral competitions, winning the first-ever Children’s Choir of the World title at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in North Wales, United Kingdom, and Choir Olympic Champion at the World Choir Games in Bremen, Germany. Under her leadership, the choir was featured and guested in international choir festivals such as the 12th Cantemus International Choral Festival and Conducting Mastercourse in Nyíregyháza, Hungary, the 2018 Concert in Ebeltoft and Herning in Denmark, the Pacific International Choral Festival in Oregon Bach Festival, USA, the 6th World Vision International Children’s Choir Festival in South Korea, and at the International Kodaly Symposium in Kuching, Malaysia.

She is known for her choral method, GESTAPHOR and Groundwork for Part-Singing. Her choral works have been published, performed, and premiered at international choral festivals and competitions. Hal Leonard Publishing Company and Pavane Publishing in the USA published these works. She was one of the featured composers at the Pacific International Choral Festival in Eugene, Oregon, USA, and guest conductor at the BALI International Choir Festival, Saint Angela Children and Youth Choir Festival in Indonesia, Treble Voices Festival in Singapore, and Taipei Philharmonic International Children’s Choir Festival.

Theresa and her husband Jude founded the Treble Choir Association of the Philippines to propagate Filipino choral music and strengthen the movement of children’s choir performance and choral music education in the Philippines. Under this association are the Young Voices of the Philippines and Kantabella, the scholar choirs conducted by Theresa, who also serves as their artistic director. She is also the artistic director of the Young Voices of the World, Young Voices of Asia, and the Young Voices of Asia Festival Choir.

Two international publications: the International Choral Bulletin featured her articles in the 1st Quarter of 2021, A Call to Mission — May Our Voices, and the Message of Our Songs Resonate Throughout the World by the International Choral Magazine. In line with their advocacy, Theresa and Jude arrange Filipino folk songs and write choral music for children’s choirs. They have organized a series of choral workshops for conductors around Southeast Asia titled “Groundwork for Choirs.” They have also launched a book, “Groundwork for Part-Singing,” which contains a collection of short pieces to aid in developing foundational part-singing skills.

To promote the Philippine choral music and Southeast Asian composers, Dr. Vizconde-Roldan, in partnership with Muziksea, a digital choral music publisher and distributor based in Singapore, produced the Maria Theresa Vizconde-Roldan Choral Adventures Series. In carrying out this series, Theresa wanted to help composers and arrangers by supporting their works and producing choral literature.Theresa has been the Vice President for Projects of the Philippine Choral Directors Association since 2016 and President of the Treble Choir Association of the Philippines since 2019. She teaches conducting, large ensemble, and music education at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music and Graduate School.