School offers 1st music degree course in Region 8

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Christ the King College Youth Symphony Orchestra (CKC-YSO), a group of 60 young musicians and instrumentalists, in action (Photo: CKC – YSO)

CALBAYOG City, Samar, May 25, 2016 –Christ the King College (CKC), the oldest Catholic school in Samar and Leyte, launches its newest course offering for this incoming school year, the Bachelor of Music in Music Education, the first of its kind in the region.

Established in 1905, CKC is a Franciscan educational institution administered by the Franciscan Friars of the Custody of Saint Anthony of Padua in Southern Philippines.

“I hope people of Samar and Leyte see the opportunity of getting a music degree at CKC without going into expensive music schools in Manila or in other places like Cebu or Dumaguete,” said Fr. Marlowe A. Rosales, OFM in an interview.

Rosales is a musician-priest missionary in Calbayog, Samar, who directs and conducts the Christ the King College Youth Symphony Orchestra (CKC-YSO), a group of 60 young musicians and instrumentalists, that performed during the Holy Mass of Pope Francis at Quirino Grandstand in Manila last January, and during the Opening Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu this year officiated by Papal Legate Cardinal Charles Maung Bo.

Spreading the joy of music

From its humble start in 2007, the CKC – YSO has since received invitations to spread the joy of music to various places across the Philippines.

To date, it has performed at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA); the Newport Mall of Resorts World Manila; Century Park Hotel; Concert at the Park at the Open-air Auditorium; Rizal Park-Manila; Sabin Resort Hotel, Ormoc City; and at the Paco Catholic School for the Pondo ng Pinoy, upon the invitation of retired Manila Archbishop Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales.

Sharing God’s gift

Funds raised from concerts finance the Share God’s Gift of Music Program. This includes scholarships, values formation, and music training of CKC-YSO’s member musicians; the upgrade and maintenance of musical instruments; and outreach concerts in remote communities.

Despite its success, CKC-YSO continues to hold outreach concerts in the far-flung barangays of Calbayog City, where it all began.

Even as they entertain people in big cities like Manila, its members have never forgotten to visit remote villages, bringing orchestral music closer to barrio folks, who otherwise lack the means to experience it. (Carl Jamie Simple S. Bordeos / CBCP News)

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