Gerard SalongaAng Misyon Inc. welcomes Gerard Salonga as its music director and chief conductor of orchestras. In recent years, the progressive structure of Ang Misyon’s programs has enhanced the skills of its music scholars through the beginners program, Ang Misyon Children’s Orchestra or AMCO, and Orchestra of the Filipino Youth (OFY ), with each one elevating their levels of performance respectively.
Salonga, with his experience and tenure in the field of music, will guide and strengthen the pillars of Ang Misyon’s artistic direction. He is currently the music director of ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra (ABSPO) and the resident conductor of Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, both of which are established and celebrated musical institutions. Through the years, he has been an active supporter of Ang Misyon with joint concerts between ABSPO and OFY, co-creation of a fellowship program for seasoned members of the youth orchestra and intermediate workshops for the scholars. His being at the helm of ABSPO and taking over the reins of OFY forges more collaboration as both orchestras fall under the institutional wings of First Philippine Holdings Corporation, First Gen Corporation and ABS-CBN.
Salonga is welcomed by the Ang Misyon team and board of trustees, as well as by Joshua Dos Santos, who has taken the role of artistic advisor. With Salonga’s vision and perspective, an even more accelerated quality and level of excellence in performance is in sight. (Story/Photos by: Jeniffer Rivera)