Singapore Symphony Chorus

CHORAL DIRECTOR DESIGNATE
EUDENICE PALARUAN

Eudenice Palaruan studied Composition and Choral 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.

Eudenice Palaruan was a member and baritone soloist of some of the major 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 Choir in Germany and the Villancico Vocal Ensemble at the International Bamboo Organ Festival in the Philippines. As a conductor he was the Music Director of the Ateneo de Manila College Glee Club, Assistant Choir Master 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 seven years, he was the Resident Conductor of the International Bamboo Organ Festival where he directed many of the Philippines’ leading choirs in the performance of early European choral music and the revival of Latin American baroque choral music. As a composer and arranger Palaruan introduced choral works that exhibit the traditional Filipino vocal sound, such as Gapas (Harvest), Koyu No Tebulul (Bird Song), Pasigin (Fishing Song), and other traditional vocal music. His works are performed by Asian and European choirs in international festivals and competitions. 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 the Singapore Bible College.