Since its humble beginning in 1992, Kammerchor Manila (KM) has evolved to be the one of the Philippines’ premier chamber choir that it is today by sharing its long tradition of excellent choral music and continued commitment of service to God. Founded by one of the country’s music pedagogues and visionaries, Prof. Fidel G. Calalang Jr., KM was originally formed as a venue for former members of the world-renowned University of Santo Tomas Action Singers (now known as The UST Singers) to continue their passion for music. Through the years, its membership grew to accommodate everyone from all walks of life who wishes to share their talent and expertise while strengthening their ties with God.
With a vast repertoire of different musical disciplines and genres ranging from madrigals to unconventional contemporary music, from folkloric to modern OPM, from sacred music to pop, KM’s musical artistry and versatility have earned them local and international accolades and recognition bringing continuous pride to the country.
KM has engaged itself in music festivals, distinguished occasions and goodwill tours in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, the Netherlands, and The Vatican; and has participated in prestigious local and international choral competitions: Voices of the World in Vienna, Austria; Anton Bruckner Choir Competition in Linz, Austria; World Choir Games in Shaoxing, China; and MBC National Choral Competition in Pasay City, Philippines.
On its 20th Anniversary in 2012, KM organized a successful concert entitled “Look to the Day: 20 Years and Beyond” at the Philam Life Auditorium in Manila.
The 1st Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival in Manila, Philippines has given them their most recent distinction to have placed in the top three of the Chamber Choir category, which was regarded as the most challenging category in the said competition.
For three years now, the group is under the musical tutelage of Mr. Anthony Go-Villanueva, Assistant Conductor of UST Singers, and continues to share the gift of music through regular mass services, concerts and outreach programs.
ANTHONY GO-VILLANUEVA, Musical Director
Anthony’s desire for musical excellence is evident in his commitment to his craft, making him one of the most sought-after young choral conductors in the country today.
Starting at an early age as organist at San Bartolome Parish in Malabon, Anthony has grown to be among the country’s most distinguished artists, having been able to participate and win several awards in his field of expertise: First Prize, 2003 Likha Awit Song Writing Competition; Finalist, Piano Category, 2004 NAMCYA; and Best Conductor for two consecutive years – 2012 and 2013 in Himig Tomasino.
While currently finishing his Bachelor of Music Degree under Dean Raul M. Sunico, PhD (Piano) and Prof. Fidel G. Calalang Jr. (Choral Conducting) from UST, Anthony balances his time with other engagements as well. Aside from KM, he is the musical director of the Pag-ibig Fund Chorale and the UST Commerce Cantemus Chorale. He is also a member, accompanist, and assistant conductor of the two-time Choir of the World, the UST Singers, of which he has been affiliated with since 2006.