Monday August 11
The dancers spent the day teaming up with the Philippine Ballet Theater, taking as well as teaching class. Brian and I spent the day catching up on much needed practicing and rehearsing together!
Tuesday August 12
While the dancers and actors worked with the resident companies at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Brian and I met up with members of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) for dinner on the Manila Bay!
Wednesday August 13
All 8 of us teachers were reunited to begin a 2-day workshop at a Mariano Marcos Memorial High School in Santa Ana. This is one of the only high schools in Manila with arts classes and we worked with students enrolled in their Special Program for the Arts. The students who specialize in music take classes in choir and Filipino instruments. We had our first experiences in soundpainting, ostinato, and minimalism using these instruments and vocal sounds of Manila. Here is a video of a student performance from class.
Brian and I headed straight for the University of Santo Tomas where I gave my first university masterclass for the 9 bassoonists who study there. The students were excellent! It was such an amazing reminder of how much I love teaching specifically bassoon, since I had forgotten in all the work we were doing in Catarman in beginning music. To close the class, 5 local bassoonists and I read bassoon ensemble music. What a party!! I was so thankful for Pong Mendoza, the principal bassoonist of the PPO who set up the day.
Thursday August 14
We concluded the 2-day workshop at MMMHS with one final class. In music, we did a large group reading of Terry Riley's In C on Filipino traditional instruments as an introduction to aleatoric music and performers' choice. Then all the arts students gathered for a performance exchange where we performed pieces for them, then they did the same for us. Kyle also finished a large mural project with the visual art students that he has been planning for several months with MMMHS. It is titled "happyness" everybody needs love. It was a great pilot workshop with this school that has such a deep love for the arts.