Ryan Cayabyab promotes acapella in Oro-A A +A
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
MUSIC maestro Ryan Cayabyab visited Cagayan de Oro City to build communities of contemporary acapella singers by promoting the A Capella Open -- a national competition for contemporary groups of acapella singers.
The competition is intended to entice young people to get out of their comfort zones and engage into worthwhile activities like singing acapella or participate in sports together with the community.
Instead of tinkering on their computers, the maestro advised the youth to get involved in singing and sports to help them become better persons and enjoy quality life.
He also said that the acapella is a very “portable” genre.
“Acapella is the easiest to group people together,” the Maestro told the press. “As little as three to four members, you can already build an acapella group.”
He added that it is economical as you won’t need the accompaniment of musical instruments or hire an orchestra to begin acapella singing.
Furthermore, the use of contemporary music will make the A Capella Open alluring to the youth.
As part of the Maestro’s advocacy, he is conducting workshops in the city to equip the young people with the right tools to creatively create and perform the genre.
In fact, before the press conference, Xavier University’s Glee Club and other acapella groups in Northern Mindanao had gathered Tuesday in an activity entitled “Troubleshooting for A Capella Arranging & Performance” held at Capitol University.
After the activity Cayabyab appreciated that the local acapella groups are nearly at the professional level.
The music maestro is also set to conduct a songwriting workshop for students to be held in Liceo de Cagayan University’s Rodelsa Hall within this week.
Funded by PLDT-SMART Foundation, Philippine Choral Directors’ Association, and the Music School of Ryan Cayabyab, the project targeted to build acapella communities all over the country.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 12, 2013.