EUDENICE PALARUAN

CHORAL DIRECTOR

Eudenice Palaruan studied composition and Conducting at the University of the Philippines College of Music and trained under Dr Joel Navarro, Dr Ramon Santos and Prof. Andrea Veneracion. After obtaining his Bachelor Degree in the Philippines, he studied Choral Conducting at the Berliner Kirchenmusikschule – Germany under Prof. Martin Behrmann.

He was a member and baritone soloist of some of the significant choral organisations including the Philippine Madrigal Singers, Ateneo de Manila College Glee Club, the World Youth Choir and the Berlin Spandauer Kantorei. He was also involved in early music performance practice as a countertenor with the Berlin Monteverdi Chor in Germany and the Villancico Vocal Ensemble at the International Bamboo Organ Festival in the Philippines.

As a conductor he was a music director of the Ateneo de Manila College Glee Club, assistant choirmaster of the Philippine Madrigal Singers under Andrea Veneracion, principal conductor of the San Miguel Master Chorale and the Union Church of Manila Chancel Choir. For the past years, he was the resident conductor of the International Bamboo Organ Festival where he directed Philippines’ leading choirs in the performance of early European music and the revival of Latin American baroque music.

As a composer and arranger, Palaruan writes contest pieces for choral competitions including the 2019 Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Competition in Manila. His composition style uses vocal tapestry by incorporating Asian speech sounds. Some of his widely used works are Gapas (Harvest), Koyu No Tebulul (Bird Song), Pasigin (Fishing Song).

As a music pedagogue, he taught at the Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music, University of the Philippines College of Music and the St. Paul University Manila College of Music and the Performing Arts. Currently, he is an associate professor at the School of Church Music in Singapore Bible College.