Maria Theresa Vizconde-Roldan
Theresa holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education degree from Saint Paul University Manila. She also graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Music in Music Education, cum laude and Master of Arts in Choral Conducting at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music.
Maria Theresa Vizconde-Roldan is currently teaching Conducting, Large Ensemble Class and Music Education at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Conservatory of Music, Centro Escolar University (CEU) Conservatory of Music and CEU Graduate School. She served as Music teacher in Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) – High School Department from 2000-2018. She became the Music coordinator for the two-year transitional Junior High School from 2013-2016.
As a sought after choral pedagogue and children’s choir conductor, Theresa has been invited as guest conductor, choral clinician and has been giving conducting master classes, choral and music education lectures and workshops around the Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China, and the United States of America. She has also been invited to adjudicate in prestigious international choral festivals and competitions and served as chairman for choir competition at the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) in the Philippines.
To propagate the Filipino choral music and in their advocacy to promote and strengthen the children’s choral movement in the Philippines, Theresa, together with her husband Jude, arranges Filipino folksongs and writes choral music for children’s choirs. They also founded the Treble Choir Association of the Philippines and organized Groundwork for Choirs, a series of choral workshops for conductors around the Philippines and launched their book Groundwork for Part-Singing, a collection of short pieces to develop the readiness of choristers to sing in parts.
Her choral works have been published, performed and premiered at various choral festivals and competitions around the world. These works were published by Hal Leonard Publishing Company and Pavane Publishing in the USA. She was one of the featured composers at the 2015 Pacific International Choral Festival in Eugene, Oregon, USA and lecturer at the 2019 International Kodaly Symposium in Kuching Sarawak, Malaysia.
She led the Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir to choral competitions winning first-ever Children’s Choir of the World at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in North Wales, United Kingdom and Choir Olympic Champions at the World Choir Games in Bremen, Germany. With her leadership, the choir was featured and guested in international choir festivals such as the 12th Cantemus International Choral Festival and Conducting Mastercourse in Nyíregyháza, Hungary, Pacific International Choral Festival in Oregon Bach Festival, USA, 6th World Vision International Children’s Choir Festival in South Korea.
Theresa is also a church musician, she started singing in the church when she was 12. In 2017, together with her husband Jude, they attended the International Conference Music and Church: Cult and Culture 50 years after Musicam Sacram in Vatican City, Italy, where they had the privilege of meeting Pope Francis.
She is the conductor of the Young Voices of the Philippines and Kantabella. Theresa is also the Vice President for Projects of the Philippine Choral Directors Association (PCDA) and President of the Treble Choir Association of the Philippines (TCAP).