Promotion: “MRS. A’s OPUS”
ANNIVERSARY CONCERT SET ON AUGUST 1
In celebration of its 70th year, St. Paul University Manila College
of Music and Performing Arts, in cooperation with Greenhills Music
Studio, presents “Mrs. A’s Opus” - a concert on August 1, 2010 at five
o’clock p.m. at the Fleur de Lis Auditorium of St. Paul University Manila.
“Mrs. A’s Opus” shall celebrate the 50th anniversary of teaching of
renowned music professor Carmencita Guanzon Arambulo. Considered
as one of the leading musicians of the Philippines today, Prof. Arambulo
is an accomplished pianist, a well-known piano pedagogue, and
educator. Throughout five decades of guidance, dedication, and passion
for excellence in her musical craft, “ Mrs. A”, (a nickname coined by
her students) has launched many a musical career spanning several
For the first time in the local music concert stage, “Mrs. A’s Opus”
will feature some of the country’s renowned names in the music industry
who flourished under the guidance of Mrs. A.
The featured artists are Rowena Arrieta, Louie Ocampo, Ryan
Cayabyab, Oliver Salonga, Maritess Salientes, Ariel Arambulo, Rica
Arambulo, Fr. Manoling Francisco, Jonathan Arevalo Coo, Therese
Gemora, Katherine Fernandez, Hansel Ang, GMS-PSA String Orchestra,
GMS Alumni Pop Ensemble, GMS Piano Ensemble, GMS Suzuki Music
Kids, and Mass Appeal Choir.
Asked what her calling is, Mrs. A. thinks of herself as a missionary in
music. She describes herself as a very passionate person – a perfectionist
and passionate about everything she does. “To me it’s all or nothing. Todo
buhos. I love what I am doing. I have patience with children. I have had
students aged 3 and then continued with me up to 19. I dream of having a
foundation so I can help many poor Filipino children study music and be
Mrs. A also believes what Pablo Casals said that “music can save the
world.” “After retirement, I continue my work in the Suzuki movement, the
CTEC and the Greenhills Music Studio.”
Breathing and living music is a way of life with Mrs. A. Her nurturing
hundreds and thousands of Filipino children has gone a long way in
shaping musicians that deliver world-class performances, any time, any
Prof. Carmencita G. Arambulo graduated magna cum laude in 1958
with a Bachelor of Music degree from Saint Paul College of Manila. She
completed her Master of Music degree in piano and theory in 1961 with
highest honors and was named Outstanding Graduate of the Year at the
New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
She won first prize in the 1961 Concerto Competition at New England
Conservatory. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music
In 1979, Prof. Arambulo was awarded a grant by the Soviet ministry
of Culture to observe specialized music schools in the former USSR. She
is the very first Filipino Suzuki method specialist, having received her
training at the American Suzuki Institute at the University of Wisconsin in
Stevenspoint and under Dr. Haruko Kataoka of Matsumoto, Japan.
Prof. Arambulo is the founder and directress of the Greenhills Music
Studio and the Children’s Talent Education Center, the only Suzuki pre-
school in the country. For 31 years, she was a faculty member of the
University of the Philippines College of Music and the Saint Paul University
College of Music and the Performing, Arts and currently teaches at the
Philippine High School for the Arts and the Greenhills Music Studio.
She is the president of the Philippine Suzuki Association, founding
member, secretary and chief piano trainer of the Asia Suzuki Association.
She has been guest faculty in Suzuki conferences in the USA, Australia,
New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea, and Italy. She is also a member of
the Suzuki International Piano Committee.
Prof. Arambulo is an active member of the Piano Teachers’ Guild of
the Philippines (PTGP) and has been the teacher of many local, national
and international piano competition winners. She has received awards of
achievement from the PTGP, and most recently the highest award ever
given by Saint Paul University for the nurturing and development of
musical talent, and her pioneering efforts in the Suzuki Music Method in the
Celebrate fifty years of homegrown musical talent and watch “Mrs.
A’s Opus”. Tickets at P500 and 300 are available at St. Paul University
Manila, Tel. 5242687 and Greenhills Music Studio. Tel. 7240705.