John August Pamintuan (JP) Yes, I also have pieces that are not too difficult, which are included in my catalogue from the last three years. I started writing for. Listen to John August Pamintuan | SoundCloud is an audio platform that lets you listen to what you love and share the sounds you create.. New York City. Stream Rosarium by John August Pamintuan from desktop or your mobile device.

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He has composed around pieces which have been performed by choirs from 30 countries.

Do you have some pieces also for intermediate level ensembles that would be a good entry point for conductors who may not be familiar with your music? And, incidentally, ppamintuan is my 10th paminhuan as a composer this year, so I would like to thank you for giving me this opportunity to celebrate with you.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. What advice do you give to aspiring young composers? Just write and write, so that they will discover the bottomless well, within their minds.

We are just the messengers, so I just open my mind like a faucet and like water the music comes out. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. What is your ideal commission situation? Recognized by the American Federation of Musicians as an artist of sustained international acclaim, John has written around commissioned works which are widely performed in international competitions.

It takes one hour for me to finish the music, three hours to encode on software, and three days to review and criticize the final work. JP One day ina panintuan friend advised me to stop working — teaching in a school or choir — and just focus on composing, an aspect of my life which steadily flourished even without nurture and care. The piece I wrote today is for a small ensemble in Singapore composed of 20 female SSAand three male singers baritone.


JP Last year, Auugust wrote about 80 pieces. On the other hand, the piece has to turn out fantastic so that other groups in the future would like to perform it too.

Notify me of new posts by email. JP I usually rehearse a choir and focus mostly on the technical aspects: I believe uohn have a totally different writing style, and that listening to his music gives me relief.

Ideally, I would like at least two weeks to finish a piece, but usually I submit it within four days.

Also to share your music, because it is a gift, one that is meant to be shared. When I compose music, I make sure that I myself can sing all the parts, to make sure it is humanly possible, and that I can ask anyone to sing it.

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Privacy Policy Designed using Magazine Hoot. John is a member of the World Choir Council along with other choral experts from 80 different countries. As a conductor he has given workshops, performed in concerts, and won in competitions in Asia, Europe, and North America. JP From a philosophic point of view, I would say analysis-synthesis. Towards creating cross cultural ties and strengthening friendship and cooperation, John August Pamintuan has also organized many musical exchanges among conductors and choirs of Asian countries.

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A Conversation with John August Pamintuan

As a composer, John was awarded the composition prize in Tours FranceTokyo Japan and has written commissioned works for the governments of Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan, Lithuania, and the Philippines.


John August Pamintuan is a renowned Philippine conductor, composer, singer, clinician, and adjudicator. Sometimes I write in a fast-food restaurant; sometimes I need to eat in two or more restaurants when I am writing an arrangement for a medley. He is also a member of the panel of adjudicators for composition contests in Croatia,International Federation for Choral Musicand International Choral Composition Competition Japan, SinceJohn is recognized by the American Federation of Musicians as an artist of sustained international acclaim.

A Conversation with John August Pamintuan – The IFCM Magazine

As a singer, he has sung in solo recitals at the St. CT How many commissions do you take a year? Yes, add me to your mailing list.

Petersburg Conservatory, and Moscow Glinka Hall. Of course, the music I write is a summary of all my collective experiences as a musician. I started writing for Filipino choirs which generally have a wide vocal range auugust usually a soprano from our country would find it easier to sing in the higher tessitura. The result is always magical.

On the one hand, I have to write within the ranges, capability, and number of the singers, which may limit my imagination. Your email address will not be published. JP The quality of music that I write depends totally agust the food I eat while writing. JP My augusy to younger composers is to write music for no reason. Unfortunately, not all singers can do that, so conductors from other countries request me to transpose my pieces some steps lower, or in the case of new commissions, limit the vocal range of the singers, particularly the sopranos.