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Joel Magus P. Navarro born is a Filipino-American conductor and music educator. He is one of the Philippines' most esteemed choral conductors. He is also a composer, singer, arranger, choral clinician, writer, producer, music minister, and book editor.
Under his direction, the group gave acclaimed performances in international events, won top prizes in prestigious international choral competitions, and participated in the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing.
He specializes in 20th and 21st century choral music, but is equally comfortable and adept in music of many epochs. An active performer of music from different eras and ethnic traditions, he takes an ardent interest in post-modern music, Southeast Asian music traditions, and global hymnody.
He is the eldest of three children to Jose Navarro Navarro Jr. His siblings are Jeriel David , and Arlene Grace b. Joel Navarro's training as a choral artist began in his grade school years when he sang as a choir boy, first with Prof. Flora Zarco Rivera, who conducted his grade school choir; and then with Dr.
He attributes his musical inclinations to the nurture of very musical parents and relatives who were members of the church choir. As a person of faith, he remembers his childhood days when his relatives would often gather to discuss and debate theological issues at the dinner table. He became interested in theology and the intersection of faith and music as a young boy.
He became involved with the Inter-School Christian Fellowship, the high school ministry of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, as the president of his high school chapter. He considers Filipino theologian and pastor emeritus Rev. Isabelo F. Magalit and Filipino cultural anthropologist Dr. Melba Maggay as his early mentors in his Christian faith. Admitted to the highly-prestigious Philippine Science High School on full scholarship, he was one of highly gifted young students groomed to be future scientists in the Philippines.
Upon graduation from high school in , he took up B. Mathematics at the University of the Philippines. There he became heavily involved with choral singing and became soloist, section leader, and choir board member of the University of the Philippines Concert Chorus, then under the direction of Prof. Reynaldo T. Tragedy struck in his family in February when his younger brother, Jerry, died at the age of To help the family heal from the emotional trauma, his family moved to Bacolod City in southern Philippines.
Finding a second home in the friendly airs and artistic endeavors of that city, Joel continued his studies at the University of St. La Salle. There he met Peque Gallaga and joined his theater group, Maskara. The play was entered as the university's entry to the Iloilo Drama Association drama competition.
The play won 1st prize in all categories, including Best Actor for Navarro, except for Best Female Actor simply because there were no female speaking lines in the play. Navarro finished a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of St.
La Salle, Bacolod in Navarro then returned to Manila in and entered the graduate program in Mathematics at the Ateneo de Manila University as a scholar of the Fund Assistance to Private Education. He was then invited to become Velasco's successor when Velasco left for Boston in to pursue a voice scholarship. While conducting the Glee Club, Navarro pursued a B. Paguio was his college conductor at the University of the Philippine Concert Chorus. Feliciano was his composition and theory professor, and later became his administrator when Navarro joined the Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music from Charles H.
Smith, Jonathan Reed, and David Rayl. Joel Navarro moved to the United States of America in to do his doctoral studies in music conducting at Michigan State University.
He became tenured in , and was promoted to full professor in September He moved to Singapore in June to teach and administer the graduate choral conducting program in church music at Singapore Bible College.
He is presently Lecturer and Professor of Music. He has two grandchildren, Lucia Eliana and Penelope June. Joel earned distinction as a choral conductor during his years with the Ateneo de Manila College Glee Club from He led the choir in several European choral competitions from to , garnered many top awards, and gave critically acclaimed performances around the world.
He has also earned honor with The Capella of Calvin College. Under his direction, The Capella gave many acclaimed performances regionally and internationally. Pearl Shangkuan succeeded him in the Fall of as the fifth conductor and the first female conductor of The Capella.
The third choir he directed was the Calvin Oratorio Society, a community choir composed of students, faculty, alumni, and friends of Calvin College. From , Navarro conducted the annual Handel's Messiah, accompanied by the Calvin Orchestra and which featured professional soloists.
He is succeeded by composer-conductor Sean Ivory in both choirs. Lee Chong Min and Dr. Virginia Tsai. Joel was an assistant professor and a former chair of the Conducting and Choral Ensemble Department at the University of the Philippines College of Music.
He served there from There, he conducted choirs and taught conducting, music theory, and I. Music subjects. He is regularly invited in Southeast Asia to give workshops and seminars in choral conducting, church music and hymnody, Philippine choral music, and choral music in general.
He contributed a chapter in Dr. There he has taught choirs, conducting, and Vocal-Choral Pedagogy. He also teaches graduate courses in advanced conducting, instrumental conducting, rehearsal technique, choral literature, choral methods, vocal-choral pedagogy, score study and interpretation, and conducting recital. At St. Paul University Manila , he helped develop and teaches for the modular program for the Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting which began in late Joel Navarro had a stint as a popular singer-songwriter.
He has also contributed to and recorded many popular compositions for " Papuri! He has a few choral compositions and arrangements published see listing at the end of this article.
His sabbatical project in the spring of was to collect and arrange 50 of the best-known Filipino hymns and translate them to English for use in the Filipino diaspora. Here continues to write and arrange anthems for choirs.
Released last May , the hymnal contains more than hymns selected from thousands of hymns reviewed from all over the world. Last September 13, , the magazine Worship Leader judged the hymnal as "The Best New Music Pick," one of the leading publications for worship leaders and worship planners today.
Recently, over 30, copies of the hymnal have already been sold. Navarro was also involved in drama, musical theater, and opera during his college days. He was Creon in Jean Anouilh 's " Antigone " in a play directed by Behn Cervantes, professor of drama and theater at the University of the Philippines.
In musical theater, he was arguably the first Joseph in Asia who played the title role in Webber and Rice 's " Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat " in , a play directed by now famous off-Broadway director Loy Arcenas.
He was also involved in many musical theater productions in the 70s which played at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Meralco Theater.
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