Following the huge success of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival, Manila held in August 2013, July 2015, and July 2017, the Cultural Center of the Philippines is pleased to announce the 4th Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival, Manila 2019 which will be held on July 18-21, 2019.

The festival is named after the founder of the world renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers, the late National Artist for Music Andrea O. Veneracion, an esteemed choirmaster and choral clinician who was instrumental in the development of choral music all over the country.



The Andrea O. Veneracion International Chorale Festival is one of the top choral competitions in the Philippines and, for this year, it joins in the celebration of the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ 50th Anniversary. Different choirs from the Philippines and from other parts of the world were invited to take part in this significant event. The top prize winners will have the opportunity to represent the Andrea O. Veneracion International Chorale Festival in the Asia Choral Grand Prix (ACGP) 2021 to be held in Bali, Indonesia. The competition is open to choirs which will qualify to the three categories: Folk Song, Equal Voices, and Mixed Choir.

Festival Schedule

Thursday, July 18, 2019

  • 5:00 PM
  • Opening Ceremonies
  • 7:00 PM
  • Gala Concert of the Philippine Madrigal Singers

Friday, July 19, 2019

  • 7:00 PM
  • Folk Song Category Competition

Saturday, July 20, 2019

  • 4:00 PM
  • Equal Voices Category Competition
  • 7:00 PM
  • Mixed Choir Competition

Sunday, July 21, 2019

  • 6:00 PM
  • Asia Choral Grand Prix 2019
  • 8:40 PM
  • Closing and Awarding Ceremonies

The Trophy

For the third Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival Manila 2017, the Cultural Center of the Philippines decided to commission an artist to create a work that will serve as the trophy for the first prize winner of the competitions.

CCP Thirteen Artists Awardee in the year 2000, Katti Sta. Ana was chosen to do the work. Inspired by the sound of a conch shell and the bird song, Katti created, out of stoneware clay, a large conch shell with a wide opening, where one can listen to the sound of the seas that surround the Philippines’ islands. The parts of the shell suggest the form of a bird singing, as it is said that bird songs may have influenced the development of music.

The conch shell is also used as a horn; here as a trophy announcing the grand winners of the choral competition. She used three different types of glazes, representing each of the categories of the competition.


Since the 1st Andrea O. Veneracion International Chorale Festival, the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo or the Main Theater of the CCP is being used to stage the performances of the competing choirs. The theater has four levels: Orchestra, Boxes, Balcony I and Balcony II and is able to accommodate a total of 1,821 guests. It has a split orchestra pit floor and is equipped to meet the requirements of large theatrical production such as ballets, operas, symphonic concerts and other musicals.

Participating Choirs

Don Bosco Makati - Boscorale
Chór Pueri et Puellae Cantores Plocenses
Chorus Vocales Philippines
Far Eastern University Chorale
Gloria Patri Singers
Miriam College High School Glee Club
PNU Kalibnusan Chorale
Philippine Vocal Ensemble
St. Paul College Pasig High School Chorale
Voice of Satya Wacana Christian University
University of Baguio Voices Chorale
Technological Institute of the Philippines Choral Society

Be Part of The Team

For aspiring Interns, Liaison Officers, and Volunteers, kindly send a message to aovchoralfestmnl2019@gmail.com   For other inquiries, you may contact the following:


Artist Training Division: