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3 musicians recognized during 1st COPVA Honors

Julien Marie S. Piñero

THE COLLEGE OF PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS (COPVA) recognized three musicians who have made valuable contributions to the college during the 1st COPVA Honors last Feb. 27 at the Luce Auditorium.

The honorees were Joseph B. Basa, Priscilla Magdamo-Abraham, and Isabel Dimaya-Vista.

Basa earned his Bachelor of Music degree major in Instrumental Conducting from the University of the Philippines Dilliman in 1995. He taught music and directed the band and the String and Chorale Ensemble of the Good Shepherd’s Fold Academy in Guimaras, Ilo-ilo from 1973-1975. He also became the band director of the Silliman University (SU) Band in 1985 up to 2014. He was appointed OIC Dean of the College of Performing Arts from Oct. 2001- May 2002; acting dean from June 2002- May 2007 and Dean from June 2007-May 2010. Under his baton, the SU Band has toured all over the Visayas and Mindanao.

Meanwhile, Abraham completed her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and in Music in SU. She obtained her masters degree in voice and ethnomusicology at Indiana  University. She is also a Certified McClosky Voice Technician. She has performed, recorded, and toured nationally and internationally with choral chamber ensembles such as The Gregg Smith Singers, The New York Vocal Ensemble, The John Biggs Consort, and various other groups. As a performer, she introduced Philippine folk tales and myths to schoolchildren in the United States and other places around the world.

Vista, one of the awardees, was born in Dumaguete and was raised on Silliman campus. Except for her master’s degree earned abroad, she attained education at Silliman. At 18 years old, she graduated with an A.B. degree in Music and earned another degree in music a few years later. She was awarded a Ford Scholarship which brought her to the United States where she earned an M.A. degree in World Music at Wesleyan University, Connecticut. She became the director of School of Music and Fine Arts and Chair of the Cultural Affairs Committee upon her return to Silliman, and served the college for 25 years.

The COPVA honorees were recognized as exemplary workers beyond the usual employment responsibilities.

COPVA also gave the Patron Awards to those who have donated books, score sheets, musical instruments, and other resources for the college.

The Patron awardees are Jewel Colinco Pag-ong, Elizabeth Rosabelle Ordinario-Weil, William Barry Thompson, Prof. Ruth Buot-Yandell, Prof. Elmo Q. Makil and family, Prof. Ludendorffo Decenteceo, Gianni Sala, Romeo Sibud, Dr. Albert Louis Faurot, and James Palmore and Prof. Miriam G. Palmore and family.

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