Cover Photo By Andrea Vicencio
Cover Photo By Andrea Vicencio.

Featuring 34 local and international choirs, DLSU Chorale’s first online festival celebrates music amidst troubling times

“Music builds a bridge, it can tear down a wall. Music is a language that can speak to one and all.” Be one with the melodies as De La Salle University (DLSU) Chorale prepares for a weekend of festivities this May 7 to 9.

By Patricia Anne Alvarez | Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Join in as De La Salle University (DLSU) Chorale binds people together through music while culminating a meaningful academic year with “Why We Sing: A Choral Festival”―chiming sundry harmonies of different local and international choral groups from May 7 to 9.


Various local and international choirs will pair their soothing voices with their specialized repertoire, whilst showcasing their love for music and reasons as to “why they sing.”


Moreover, a portion of the proceeds will be given to DLSU Chorale’s beneficiary, Artists' Welfare Project Inc. (AWPI), an organization that supports Filipino artists.


Crafting an elevating harmony 

Setting aside their penchant for a solitary concert, DLSU Chorale will stage their very first choral festival online. In an interview with The Benildean, the choral group revealed that holding a choral festival has always been part of their plan. Thus, despite the stress and upheavals of the pandemic, they have sought to bring out music’s untapped potential for uniting through this event. 


The group’s main objective is to break barriers and unite people through music and songs. They believe that “songs can bring hope to people's lives amidst these dark times” and that “the festival also serves as a reminder to us that music can and will continue to impact lives.”


In comparison to their preceding performances, the choral group drew parallels between the live and virtual staging. They affirmed that “you [the audience] can expect many amazing performances from various choirs all around the Philippines, Singapore, and Indonesia.”


Premiering on a virtual stage, the choral festival will take a notably different path. “The festival is different because it encompasses an entire weekend, and we have invited 34 choirs to participate. Expect a lot of surprises, and the show will definitely leave you with positively expectant hearts and minds,” the choral group underscored. 


Wind down and hum along with the following lineup of tasteful renditions on these show dates:


May 7 (Friday)

APC Chorale, AUP Academy Chorale, Coro San Benildo, De La Salle University-Dasmariñas Chorale, Far Eastern University Chorale, Novo Concertante Manila, Raffles Singers, SGV Glee Club, Sinirangan Chamber Singers, St. Paul College Pasig High School Chorale, TUP-Taguig Tekno Harmonika Chorale, UP Concert Chorus, Xavier University Glee Club


May 8 (Saturday)

Voices of Phoenix Chorale, Philippine Vocal Ensemble, ConChords, UP Singing Ambassadors, Mapúa Cardinal Singers, UST Medicine Glee Club, MSEUF Concert Singers, SSC Chamber Choir, Silang Prima Chorale, ADU Basic Education Chorale, University of Batangas Chorale


May 9 (Sunday)

Ateneo de Manila College Glee Club, San Beda University Benedictine Chorale, The FCU Chorale, Himig Roseña, Inggou Victory, JEC Youth Choir, PUP Bagong Himig Serenata, TIP Choral Society, UST One Voice Engineering Chorale


In the wake of this festival, the choral group also unveiled their plans for an upcoming concert titled, "The Reason We Sing.” But that's another story for a different time.


Mark your calendars! For only Php 300, relish the choirs’ attuned immaculate sound and rhythm this coming weekend via a closed Facebook group for all attendees at 6:00 p.m.

Last updated: Tuesday, 4 May 2021