Maria Theresa Vizconde-Roldan & Jude Bautista Roldan

Maria Theresa Vizconde-Roldan & Jude Bautista Roldan

Maria Theresa Vizconde-Roldan & Jude Bautista Roldan

Maria Theresa Vizconde-Roldan
Conductor

Theresa has been the conductor of the Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir since its inception in 1999. She currently teaches Conducting and Large Ensemble Class at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Conservatory of Music where she graduated Cum Laude with a degree of Bachelor of Music in Music Education, major in voice and a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting under the tutelage of Prof. Gloria Coronel, Prof. Ricardo Mazo, Jr., and Rev. Fr. Leo Nilo Mangussad. She is also a faculty member of the Ateneo de Manila University Junior High School Music Department and the Graduate School of Centro Escolar University.

Tikya, as she is fondly called, has been the chair of the National Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) and has adjudicated other national and international choral and vocal competitions. In 2015, she was one of the adjudicators of the 8 th Orientale Concentus International Choral Festival and Competition in Singapore, in 2016 at the 68 th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival and the 2 nd Saint Angela Children and Youth Festival in Indonesia.

As a sought-after clinician for children’s choir, she has been giving seminars and workshops in Music Education, Choral Conducting and masterclasses to children’s choirs around the Philippines, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Indonesia and the United States of America. She is a member of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM), Kodaly Society of the Philippines (KSP), Philippine Society for Music Education (PSME) and currently the Vice President for Programs of the Philippine Choral Directors Association (PCDA).

 

Jude Bautista Roldan
Music Director

Jude holds the multifaceted position of music director, pianist, composer and arranger for the HMtQCC. He began his studies with his mother, Felicitas B. Roldan, at 3 1/2 years old and had his first public performance at age six. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music, where he studied piano with Prof. Erlinda Fule and conducting with Prof. Ricardo Mazo, Jr.

Jude gives composition, arranging and choral workshops around the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea and the United States of America. Jude also served as chairman for the children’s choir category at the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA). He is currently a professorial lecturer at the Centro Escolar University Conservatory of Music.

Shared Victories

Aside from the shared victories that they have garnered for the HMtQCC as a choir, in 2015, Jude and Theresa were invited as guest lecturers of the Pacific International Choral Festival (Picfest). HMtQCC was featured in a gala performance at the Oregon Bach Festival at the prestigious Hult Center in Eugene, Oregon.

To propagate the Filipino choral music, their individual arrangements of Filipino folksongs have been used by children’s choirs from Asia, Europe and the USA in recordings, recitals and international competitions. Recently, their choral works were published by Hal Leonard Publishing Company and Pavane Publishing in the USA and Joongangart Music of South Korea. Jude’s choral work, “Pin Pin de Sarapin” was also selected as the Editor’s Choice in JW. Pepper while Theresa’s choral work, “Inday sa Balitaw”, was performed by the festival choirs of the 2015 Picfest. Tonight’s festival songs, Halina’t Umawit and Gloria, are both Jude’s compositions.

As part of their advocacy to support and strengthen the children’s choral movement in the Philippines, the couple together with the Ave Maria Children’s Choir Foundation, Inc. also organized the Halina’t Umawit, a comely choral festival which started in 2009 as the highlight of the 10th Anniversary celebration of HMtQCC. In March 2017, Jude and Theresa took the initiative to attend the Congress on Understanding Music in the Church – 50 years after the “Instruction Musicam Sacram” was introduced. They both flew to Rome to learn more about the role of church musicians and the need for strong formation within the musical ministries. In response to this call, they spearheaded the “Cantus Sacros”, a series of concerts on sacred music at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and nearby municipalities rendered for free for aspiring youth and children’s choirs.

Most recently, the couple launched their first of a series of books on Groundwork for Children’s Choirs. Spanning 19 years of shared experience that propelled the status of the HMtQCC from a parish choir to a world class children’s choir, the Groundwork for Part Singing Book 1 was made available for aspiring young choral conductors and their choirs. The couple conducts workshop with their core teachings as expounded on this book.