Joshibiah (Butch) Gaa de Juan

Joshibiah (Butch) Gaa de Juan

Philippines

Joshibiah de Juan, a choral conductor by profession, is also into composition, performing, and teaching. In January of 2008, right after he graduated from Korea, he was invited to teach at the school where he started the Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music (AILM) in the Philippines, and became a full-time conducting faculty member of the school. He started his formal music training in choral conducting under Dr. Francisco Feliciano, Jonathan Velasco, Eudenice Palaruan, and Andrea Veneracion; composition under Drs. Francisco Feliciano, Ramon Santos, Jonas Baes and a masterclass under Professor Geonyong Lee; voice under Dr. Joel Navarro, Luchie Roque and Prof. Priscilla Magdamo-Abraham; and guitar under Lester Demitillo, from 1993 to 1998.

From 1998 to 2005, de Juan went to the University of the Philippines College of Music. During those times, he had the privilege to study Music Theory and Composition under Prof. Chino Toledo and Dr. Christine Muyco; Jonas Baez (analysis), and Cipriano Cayabyab (counterpoint); choral conducting under Mr. Eudenice Palaruan, Mrs. Janet Sabas-Aracama, and Mr. Mark Carpio; voice under Mrs. Aileen Espinosa-Cura, Miss Rachel Gerodias, and Mr. Manuel Gregorio; guitar under Mr. Laster Demitillo and Mr. Billy Guerrero.

In 2005, he left for South Korea for further studies under a Korean government scholarship. In 2008, he finished his Masters of Music in Choral Conducting at Korean National University of Arts (Seoul, Korea) under the world-renowned German conductor-pedagogue, Martin Behrman. Behrman was formerly based in Berliner Kirchenmusikchule in Germany and became a full-time faculty member at the Korean National University of Arts. During de Juan’s studies in Korea, he had attended various master classes under various Asian and European choral and orchestral conducting, notably Yamasaki Suzuki’s of the Collegium Musicum Japan.

Mr. de Juan, known for his enthusiasm, optimism, and patience in conducting and teaching, has various experiences in choral conducting beginner and amateur school or church choirs and conducting experienced college and university choirs or other secular choirs. As a performer, he was a member of well-known choral groups in the Philippines, as a guitarist, percussionist, and tenor as a singer. To mention a few, with the San Miguel Master Chorale, Philippine Chamber Singers, Ateneo Chamber Singers, and Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music Chorale for several years. Through these choirs, he travelled and performed in different countries; and got invited as a choral-conducting lecturer in Malaysia 2008 and 2009. In February of 2009, at the annual Las Pinas Bamboo Organ Festival (Philippines), de Juan was featured as one of the artists as conductor of the Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music Chorale.

Butch, as he is more known to be, was the Music Director of the Church of the Risen Lord and its Chancel Choir conductor, based in the University of the Philippines-Diliman until June of 2012.

After deciding to join his family in Bohol in June 2012, he applied to the College of Performing and Visual Arts at Silliman University and taught Theory and Composition for a semester due to geographical consideration. As he finally settled in Bohol, he started his Music Extension Programs in local schools in November of 2012 and eventually put up his school, SMART (School for Music and Arts Recreational Training), in April of 2013.

He became active in different Arts events in Bohol as a choral conductor, guest conductor, and or music lecturer in schools, universities, churches, and various organizations. In 2015, he became the choral conductor of Tagbilaran City Government Chorale. At the same time, he was voted as the chairman of the Tagbilaran City Council for Culture and the Arts (CCCA) to present.

He formally accepted the call and joined the Philippine Choral Directors Association (PCDA) as a member and Provincial Coordinator for Bohol in 2017 and became one of its invited conducting lecturers of its regional conferences for three consecutive events.

In 2019 he was invited as one of the adjudicators for INTERKULTUR’s 6th Vietnam International Choir Competition. In the same year to the present, he became a full-time choir consultant for Germany’s INTERKULTUR and currently serves as the office manager of its satellite office for Asia and The Pacific, INTERKULTUR Philippines, based in Tagbilaran City, Bohol. As he enjoys doing INTERKULTUR’s significant worldwide cause of connecting cultures of the world through singing, he continuously enjoys making his first love; to create, study, learn, enhance, interpret, share and conduct Music. His name is Jewish, his family name is Spanish, but you may call him Butch.

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