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Music Director

Music Director

Maestro Gerard Salonga

Maestro Gerard Salonga

GERARD SALONGA is a multi-awarded musical director, conductor, and arranger, and multi-platinum record producer. He has collaborated with some of Asia’s finest musical artists including Lea Salonga, Regine Velasquez, Wang Leehom, Elisa Chan, and Cecile Licad. Born in Manila, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Ateneo De Manila University, and in 1998 graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. While at Berklee, Gerard studied piano with legendary jazz pedagogue Ray Santisi, arranging with Grammy-winner Richard Evans, and conducting with David Callahan and George Monseur, both of whom were students of Leonard Bernstein. After graduation, Gerard worked in Los Angeles as an orchestrator and proofreader at Sony Pictures, working on major film and recording projects.

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Musicians

Musicians

Strings

STRINGS

This is the largest family in the orchestra, it consists of four instruments, the Violin, the Viola, the Cello, and the Bass. Sound is made by each instrument in the family by plucking with the fingers or rubbing the horse hair bow across a string. The smaller instruments, the violin and viola, make higher-pitched sounds, while the larger cello and double bass produce low rich sounds.

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Woodwind

WOODWIND

The instruments in this family all used to be made of wood, which gives them their name. Today, they are made of wood, metal, plastic or some combination.  The mouthpieces for some woodwinds, including the clarinet, oboe and bassoon, use a thin piece of wood called a reed, which vibrates when you blow across it. The clarinet uses a single reed made of one piece of wood, while the oboe and bassoon use a double reed made of two pieces joined together. Just as with the stringed instruments, the smaller woodwinds play higher pitches while the longer and larger instruments play the lower notes.

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Brass

BRASS

Consists of 5 major instruments with many other similar variations on them. The Trumpet/Cornet, the French Horn, the Trombone, the Baritone/Euphonium, and the Tuba/Sousaphone. Sound is produced by each instrument in the family by buzzing the lips together into the mouthpiece. These instruments are a part of the band program, along with the woodwinds family and the percussion family. Brass instruments are not always made of brass; they are made from wood, bones and other metals. The first trumpets were actually conch shells.

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Percussions

PERCUSSION

These instruments produce sound when they are struck or shaken. Their name, percussion, means "the hitting of one body against another." In the orchestra, the percussion section provides rhythm and tone color. Percussion instruments are made from many materials, but usually consist of either a solid material or a stretched membrane (thin material). Drums, the most well-known members of the percussion family, come in many shapes and sizes, but are all constructed with a membrane stretched across a frame or hollow container.

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