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HAZEL MARANAN

 HAZEL GRACE MARANAN After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, she went full throttle into professional theater, doing ensemble work in musical productions in English and Tagalog, and working with different theater companies. As a measure of her talent, as well as her commitment and professionalism, Hazel has also been given the opportunity to do minor or secondary roles in many productions that she’s done ensemble work for. As such, while she has done ensemble work for Dulaang UP’s "The Silent Soprano," Resorts World Manila’s "Bituing Walang Ningning," and Tanghalang Pilipino’s "Banaag At Sikat," "Noli Me Tangere," and "Walang Sugat," Hazel has done more productions where she was part of the ensemble and the supporting cast. These include: "Ang Kababaihan ng Malolos" (Filomena Tiongson), "Orosman at Zafira" (Zelima), and "Atang: Isang Dulang may Musika" (Iveng) for Dulaang UP; "Peter Pan" (Tiger Lily understudy) for Kids Acts Philippines; “The Sound of Music" (Nun) for Resorts World Manila; and "Ibalong" (Onglo / Buwaya), "Sandosenang Sapatos" (Diwata / Nanay / Ate), "Kleptomaniacs" (Mare), and "Mabining Mandirigma" as (Mabini Understudy / Taft) for Tanghalang Pilipino. Hazel was also part of the touring cast of Tanghalang Pilipino’s “Sandosenang Sapatos” for the Beijing Theater Olympics in 2014, and worked as part of the ensemble of "Singapura: The Musical" (4th Wall Theater Company) which was staged in Singapore in 2015. She played the lead role of Oryol in the restaging of “Ibalong” at the 2016 Ibalong Festival in Bicol, and the lead role of Mabini in the 3rd run of Tanghalang Pilipino's Mabining Mandirigma in December 2016. She was also priviledged to be one of the singing chorus for the Cultural Center of the Philippines' 45th Anniversary "MUSIKAL!", which featured outstanding original Filipino musicals in 2014. Where her years of diligence seem to be finally paying off, Hazel continues to hone her craft, participating in a 2016 Workshop on Vocal Production and Interpretation for Live Stage Performance at the Cultural Center of the Philippines with resource person Carmela Sinco. She is also a freelance musical theater teacher for kids, arguably the best measure of one’s patience and persistence. By: Katrina Stuart Santiago   

JILLBERT CHUA

Jillbert Chua is from the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music where he was a scholar of the

Klassikal Music Foundation under the tutelage of Professor Lemuel Dela Cruz. He has essayed the roles of

Bonzo in the Cultural Center of the Philippines/Music Artes Production of Giacomo Puccini’s Madame

Butterfly with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestro Lim Yau directed by Anton Juan on

June 2012 and Singapore Lyric Opera Orchestra under Maestro Joshua Kangming Tan and directed by

Andrew Sinclair on February 2013, 2nd Prisoner in the semi-staged production of L.V. Beethoven’s Fidelio

with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Lan Shui and Il Notaio in Singapore Lyric Opera's

2015 production of Giacomo Puccini's Gianni Schicchi also under Maestro Joshua Kangming Tan and

stage direction by Tom Hawkes, and Elias in Cultural Center of the Philippines and J&S Productions’ 2017

staging of Felipe Padilla De Leon’s Opera Version of Jose Rizal’s famous novel “Noli Me Tangere”. He was

bass soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy for the Esplanade’s 10 th Anniversary Concert with the

Singapore Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Lan Shui at the Esplanade Concert Hall.

Jillbert is the Grand prize winner of the 1 st Jovita Fuentes Vocal Competition in the male category in

the year 2009.

ROWELL CRUZ

 Rowell hails from Sta. Rita, Pampanga. He graduated from the University of Santo Tomas in 2008, at the Conservatory of Music, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, with emphasis in Voice, under the Santo Domingo de Guzman Scholarship and the San Lorenzo Ruiz Scholarship.  He was a member of the Coro Tomasino and was active in the Conservatory’s “Sampung Mga Daliri Atbp.”, Summer Music Camp and other productions.  As a Thomasian, he was also a Student Council Officer and President of the Pax Romana, the premier religious student arm of UST.  He later on earned a double degree in Vocal Performance in the same University under the scholarship grant from the Klassikal Music Foundation.  Rowell is also a member of the ArtiSta.Rita Foundation, Inc., and has also performed with UST at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, as well as with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Singapore Lyric Opera at the Esplanade Theaters Singapore.  He is a feature in different recitals in Metro Manila as well as in different cities and provinces of the country.  As a teacher, he has taught in St. Paul’s College Pasig, St. Paul’s University Quezon City, Marie Eugenie School for Innovative Learning at the Assumption College Makati and Spotlight Artist Center Makati.  He is presently a voice teacher at the Music School of Ryan Cayabyab and locally teaches at the EZEE Center for the Arts and School in Guagua Pampanga. Rowell is also active in Church Ministry as the Music Director of the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Fernando, Pampanga.  He is also a member of the Schola Gregoriana Sancti Pii Pietrelcinae of the Latin Mass Society of Saint Ferdinand.  He is currently finishing his Master’s Degree in Education, Major in Educational Management at the Our Lady of Fatima University, while taking time to facilitate music workshops for schools, religious institutions, government offices, private groups and individuals. 

DAVID JEROME JOHNSON

 Co-Founder / Co-Artistic Director / FlutistDavid Johnson is a familiar name and face in the Manila Classical Music scene, having lead the Clarion Chamber Ensemble for the past 7 years.  He came to the Philippines initially as a solo recitalist at University of the Philippines, Diliman, where he also conducted Master classes in Flute technique and workshops for Wind instruments in Orchestral Literature. Mr. Johnson is a native of Chicago, Illinois, USA.  He received his musical training at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University.  His mentors were flutist’s Richard Graef and Donald Peck of Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Wallace Mann of The National Symphony Washington D.C.  He has studied with Paula Robison, Trevor Wye and attended the yearly classes of the late Master Flutist, Marcel Moyse in Brattleboro, Vermont.  In Chicago, he began his professional musical career as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago (a training Orchestra for The Chicago Symphony). Later, he became a founding member of the Woodwind Quintet ”The Windy City Wind Ensemble” with Clarinetist Gail Kalver. He played a brief stint in the Omaha, Nebraska Symphony Orchestra before moving to Washington D.C. to join the Wind faculty of the Selma Levine Music Conservatory. For 6 years he actively spent his summers as Principal Flutist of the Shreveport Louisiana, Summer Orchestra and Chamber Music Festival. In Washington D.C. Mr. Johnson performed with the Washington Bach Consort locally and on tours to Germany. He was a member of the Handel Festival Opera Orchestra performing in Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center Concerts. He has performed as extra with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the Wolf Trap Festival Orchestra and at the Washington National Theatre. For 10 years he was part of the Artist Roster for the Washington Performing Arts Society in the Flute and Harp Duo with Barbara Seidman.  Mr. Johnson made his New York City debut in 1988 with the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra in the Alice Tully Recital Hall in Lincoln Center for the performing Arts.  A soul searching sabbatical took him to Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where he studied Javanese and Balinese Gamelon and concertized with Dutch Guitarist, Jos Bredie.  From 1990 to 1995, he made his home in the Netherlands working with Flutist, Rien De Reede of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and Netherlands Radio Orchestra Flutist, Theiss Roorda.  Mr. Johnson was primary flutist with Ensemble de Monde, a contemporary chamber group comprised of International Musicians based in The Hague.  He performed with Orchestra Bellitoni and with the Netherland Choral Vereniging Orchestra. Year 2001, he joined the San Francisco Bach Cantata Collegium, as primary Flutist and as the Flutist of the Latin American Chamber Music society also in San Francisco.    Since 2003, he has been an annual Adjudicator for the (NAMCYA) National Music Competition held in The Cultural Center of the Philippines.  Mr. Johnson is one of the original charter members of the Philippine Flute Society, a performance guild devoted to all things Flute established in 2005.  He is now delighted be the music coach of the String Ensemble at the Berea International High School for the Arts and Sciences, Cainta Rizal,Philippines. 

HYUN JOO JULIA LEE

 Co-Founder / Co-Artistic Director / PianistBorn in Seoul Korea, MS. HYUN JOO LEE began piano lessons at the age of five, launching her musical career winning several piano competitions at an early age. She continues her piano studies in the Philippines with pianist Ai Ja Lee and pianist Ingrid Santamaria, when her  , when her family moved to the Philippines in 1986. Ms. Lee studied at the International School Manila where she won prizes joining competitions in interscholastic cultural conventions held in Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, and in Manila.  She has also won First Prize at the International School Manila’s Fourth Young Artists Piano Competition, and at the 35th Annual Young Musicians Competition in Lima, Ohio, U.S.A..   In 1997, she received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a pupil of Lydia Frumkin and Prof. Mogilevsky.  She continued her studies at the University of Southern California, where she studied under Kevin Fitz-Gerald for a year in pursuit of a Master’s Degree. Ms. Lee earned Master’s Degree in Piano Performance at the University of the Philippines College of Music under pianist Jovianney Emanuel Cruz   Ms. Lee has performed several solo and chamber music recitals all over the world. She has performed at the Summer Music Festival for in Urbania, Italy 1994, and at the International Music Festival held in Moscow, Russia 1996, International Piano Festival in Spain 2000 and Laurentides Music Camp in Quebec 2000 where she was acquainted with many world-renowned pianists such as Arkady Aronov, Daniel Pollack Sergei Dorensky, Yuri Lisichenko, Andrei Pisarev, Stewart Gordon, Solomon Mikowsky, Hae Kyung Suh, Raul Souza. More recently, she has performed in clarinet festivals in New Orleans, U.S.A, Brisbane Australia, and in Seoul Korea.        Ms. Lee was former faculty member of Seo Kyung University and Baek Seok Conservatory in Seoul, Korea.  She is currently based in Manila, Philippines and performs and produces classical concerts as Co-Founder and Co-Artistic director of Clarion Chamber Ensemble.  She is also in academe, as founder and director of Clarion School of Performing Arts and Little Clarion International Preschool, currently, pursuing her PhD in Educational Leadership and Management Degree at De La Salle University.