Richard Zielinski Singers

Dr. Richard Zielinski (Dr. Z) is known for his innovative programming and versatility as both an orchestral and choral conductor. A passionate and compelling communicator, with an extensive knowledge of classical and contemporary repertoire, he has premiered performances of Die Schöpfung, Die Jahreszeiten, and Carmina Burana choreographed for ballet, in addition to stage performances of Ragtime (2015), The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (2011), Hair (2008), The Rocky Horror Show (2007). Zielinski is also beginning his eleventh year as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Classical Music Festival Eisenstadt Summer Academy in Eisenstadt, Austria and recently was awarded the prized Gold Medal of Achievement by the city Eisenstadt for his artistic achievements and musical contributions. Richard also serves as Director of Choral Activities on the music faculty at the University of Oklahoma. A champion of new music, he has worked with numerous composers, Libby Larsen, Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, John Mackey, and Michael Daugherty, and regularly leads the choirs at OU and the Norman Philharmonic in performances of contemporary works. His professional vocal ensemble, the Richard Zielinski Singers, has recorded works by Norman Dello Joio, Larsen, Stephen Paulus, David Del Tredici, Alice Parker and Eleanor Daley among others. Dr. Z also serves as Director of Music Ministries at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church in Norman.


Established 1998

Novo Concertante Manila is a chamber choir from Quezon City, Philippines. It was originally formed as a recital choir, and it continues to reinvent itself as it develops into one of the Philippines’ most outstanding choirs. The choir has been honored with the “Ani ng Dangal” award by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2015, in recognition of Novo’s achievements in international choral competitions.

The choir’s repertoire covers music from the Renaissance period to the 21st century, showcasing the various possibilities of the human voice. Aside from the classic choral compositions of European masters such as Palestrina, Gesualdo, Monteverdi, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and many others, the Novo Concertante Manila sings interesting folk, popular and contemporary songs from around the world, highlighting music written by Filipino composers and arrangers, such as Francisco Feliciano, Lucio San Pedro, Ramon Santos, Ruben Federizon and Eudenice Palaruan. The choir has premiered many works of its resident composers and arrangers: Ralph Hoffmann, Jay-el Viteño, Joshua Cadeliña, and Tinnah de la Rosa, among others.

In its 20-year history, Novo Concertante Manila has competed and won in several international choral competitions. Among which are the Grand Prize Awards at the 49. Międzynarodowy Festiwal Pieśni Chóralnej w Międzyzdrojach in Międzyzdroje, Poland in 2014; the 1st Asia Cantate International Choral Competition in Phuket, Thailand and the Grand Prix in the Mixed Choir Category of the 1st Xinghai Prize Choir Championships in Guangzhou, China in 2012. In 2009, Novo won the 1st Prize (Kunstlied Kategorie) and 2nd Prize (Volkslied Kategorie) at the 46° Internationaler Chorwettbewerb in Spittal an der Drau, Austria and the 1st Prize in the Polyphonic Category at the LV Certamen Internacional de Habaneras y Polifonia in Torrevieja, Spain. In 2003, the Novo Concertante Manila emerged as the Grand Prize winner at the 1st A Voyage of Songs International Choral Competition in Genting Highlands, Malaysia.

The choir has performed in numerous International and local choral festivals such as the XII Festival Internazionale Seghizzinregione in Udine, Italy (2014), 50th Organ and Choral Festival in Kamien Pomorski (2014), Poland, the 7th Organ Festival in Szczecin, Poland (2014), and the 6th International Edmund Szymański Choral Festival in Murowana Goślina, Poland (2014), Strings of Unity in Yilan, Taiwan (2014), Glorificamus Te in Manila, Philippines (2014 and 2015), the Chinese Choral Music Festival in Kuala Lumpur (2010), the 1st Manila Choral Festival (2007), the 2nd International Silent Film Festival (2008), the Jubilate Choral Festival in Singapore (2004), the Mundawit, “Madz et al.” and “A Merry Novo Christmas” Choral Festivals. It is currently ranked no. 3 in the Top 1000 mixed choirs of the world by Interkultur, Germany.

The Novo Concertante Manila sings at the Christ the King Church in Green Meadows, Quezon City.

Arwin Tan

Arwin studied choral conducting and musicology at the University of the Philippines, College of Music, and graduated magna cum laude and valedictorian of class 2000. He is the founder and choirmaster of Novo Concertante Manila, a four-time “Ani ng Dangal” awardee and currently ranks as no. 3 among the Top 1000 Mixed Choirs of the World by Interkultur, Germany. He has sung with the Philippine Madrigal Singers from 1998-2002, under the late National Artist, Prof. Andrea O. Veneracion. He is an active choral clinician and has given workshops in many parts of the Philippines and Southeast Asia, and he has sat as juror in many national and international choral competitions (Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, and Italy). Arwin chaired the Choir Category in the 2014 and 2017 National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA), and he has been the Music Director of the Government Choral Competition hosted by the Civil Service Commission since 2015.

He is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Philippines College of Music, under the Department of Musicology. He is currently the coordinator of the UP College of Music Extension Program.

Arwin has published articles and reviews for Humanities Diliman, Saliksik E-Journal, Musika Jornal, Perspectives in the Arts and Humanities, Asian Journal, and CAS Review. He has also presented papers in national and international conferences (Manila, Shanghai, Adelaide, and Limerick).

He was adjudged the Most Outstanding Conductor Award at the 2012 Asia Cantate International Choral Competition held in Thailand. He has been named “Most Outstanding Alumnus” of St. Stephen’s High School in 2013. UP has bestowed on him the UP Artist Award for the years 2013-2015, and the International Publications Award in 2015, in recognition of his artistic and scholarly contributions.


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